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 2019, UCR enrolled 57% first-generation (first-gen) undergraduate students versus the national average of 34%. Approximately 55% of students who entered in the fall of 2019 are first-generation students.
As part of the National First Generation events (Nov. 4-8, 2019), UCR held a series of activities and programs to celebrate our first-generation communities. The week started with first-generation stories on KUCR 88.3FM, and expanded to presentations and discussions on financial wellness, career exploration, and time management. A main feature was the Student Engagement Fair on November 7 which featured over 20 campus student engagement and involvement offices with a variety of high impact opportunities to explore. We will be announcing more first generation events soon!