First Generation College Students

As a first generation student you are among the first in your family to go to college. Being first gen is a point of accomplishment and pride! That said, we also recognize that being the first can be a challenge. 

The First Gen Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is designed to inform, connect, and celebrate first generation college students.

At UM-Dearborn, a first generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) or guardian(s) did not have the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree. 

If you have any questions about the first gen experience at UM-Dearborn please contact Saulo Ortiz at 

Celebrate First Gen!

Join us on February 11th, 2020 in 1227 University Center (UC) to meet the new First Gen Leadership Team and hear about all of the events that are coming up for the Winter 2020 semester while playing games and enjoying some food!


First Gen Student Committee

The First Gen Student Committee meets biweekly and works to improve the first gen student experience through social and academic programming.

If you are interested in joining please email Saulo Ortiz at

First Gen Action Committee

The First Gen Action Committee is made up of faculty, staff and students and meets every 3 weeks. This committee works to provide input and develop ideas for first generation initiatives and advocates for the first generation student experience across campus.

If you are interested in joining please email Saulo Ortiz at

Past Events

Browse through some of our previous first gen events!

National Celebrate First Gen Day Resource Fair
First Gen Welcome Reception
First Gen FirSTory
First Gen Game Night
FASFA/ Scholarship Workshop

Office of Student Life

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University Center (UC)
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