First Generation College Students

Being the first to do anything can be a challenge, but there is also a sense of pride that comes with blazing a trail and being among the first in your family to go to college; being a first generation college student is a point of accomplishment and celebration. 

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 

First Gen Student Survey

Your opinion matters. The Office of Student Success is currently conducting an assessment on the experiences of first generation college students and their recommendations for first gen initiatives at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

This is a an ideal opportunity for students to voice their experiences and be a part of shaping the first gen experience for semesters to come. 

Please take some time to complete this short survey. We will be holding a drawing for those that fill out the survey. 

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 or Linh Nguyen 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 or Linh Nguyen 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 Success

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