First-Generation College Students

As the first in your family to earn a bachelor’s degree, we are here to support you as you engage with your education and community at UCSB and serve as a model to empower others as you continue on your educational and career pathways.

What does it mean to be a first-generation college student?

First-generation college students are among the first in their families to graduate from a four-year institution in the United States. First-gen students are trailblazers—forging a new path for their families and communities.


of the undergraduate student body  are first-generation college students

Source: UC System Infocenter


of the graduate student body are first-generation college students

Source: UCSB Diversity in Graduate Education

Purpose of the UCSB First-Gen Community Website

First-generation college students arrive at UCSB with a powerful set of tools that are rooted in their identities, communities, and resiliency. UCSB is committed to supporting and celebrating first-generation college students by helping them recognize these strengths and providing them with additional tools to thrive academically, socially, personally, and professionally. For undergraduate and graduate students, this website provides resources and tools to enhance their experiences at UCSB. For educators and families and communities, this website provides resources on how to support first-generation college students.

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Graduate Students

Resources to help you navigate academia as a first-gen graduate student.

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Educator Resources

Learn how to get involved and support first-gen college students.

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Family + Community

Resources to support your student's college journey.

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