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!
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.