The challenges of being a first-generation college student

The UC system is making a push this fall to attract students who are the first in their families to go to college.

The #FIRSTGEN program will connect this group of students with faculty members who were also first-generation college students themselves.

About 42 percent of undergraduates at the UC schools are first-generation students.

What are the challenges a first-generation college student faces? Call us at 866 893 5722 if you are the first in your family to attend college to tell us about your experience.


Gary Clark, director of undergraduate admission at UCLA

Julie Ajinkya, vice president of applied research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, a research and policy organization that focuses on post-secondary education; one of her research foci is higher education degree completion for underserved populations