First Generation

First Generation

UCR defines first-generation as "a student, faculty, or staff member with neither parent or guardian having graduated with a 4-year degree or higher, in the United States." As of Fall 2022, UCR enrolled 51% first-generation (first-gen) undergraduate students versus the national average of 34%. Approximately 46% of students who entered in the fall of 2022 are first-generation students, and 60% of 2022 transfer students are first-generation.

Our campus first generation initiative aims to create community, and support social and professional development. Quarterly we will host activities, workshops and events in collaboration with other campus departments. We promote campus involvement and a focus on the student success and retention of first gen students here at UCR. Let us be a resource for you as you navigate campus and so much more. Remember you belong here and being a first-generation college is an accomplishment that should be celebrated!

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Stay updated with campus first-gen events.Participating in these events helps create connection and community so join us when you can! 

 
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PRESENTATIONS AT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM BY FIRST-GENERATION (SPRING 2019)
84%
FIRST YEAR RETENTION RATE FOR FIRST-GENERATION (FALL 2021, ALL OTHERS = 90%)
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FIRST-GENERATION FOUR YEAR GRADUATION RATE (FALL 2018, ALL OTHERS 68%).
51%
OF UCR UNDERGRADUATES ARE FIRST-GENERATION (34% NATIONALLY)
60%
OF FALL 2022 TRANSFER STUDENTS ARE FIRST-GENERATION
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FIRST-GENERATION FACULTY (AS OF AUGUST 2018)
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This designation from the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. UCR was recognized in 2020 as a First-gen forward institution.

First Programs

First Generation Mentorship

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TRIO Scholars

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Kessler Scholars

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Use these UCR First-Gen Zoom backgrounds to show your pride!

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