First Generation Students

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1st at the First

Every student comes to college with expectations, but the experience is rarely exactly
what they thought it would be. That’s true whether you’re the first in your family to
attend college, or have siblings or parents who went to college. Every student’s experience is unique. But every student, first in the family or not, was chosen to attend UGA because of their academic record, talents and life experiences. And every student belongs here—especially you.

Please take the time to read the First Generation Handbook, which will provide you with information about how college works and what to expect at UGA. You’ll learn the most important terms you need to know, the critical resources on campus, academic expectations and some of the changes you will experience.

Also, take a look at our 1st at the First Leadership Institute, an opportunity to meet other first generation students while developing your leadership and professional skills, culminating in 1st at the First Ambassadorships on campus.