1st Gen provides an extra layer of support for first-year students who are the first in their family to attend college. 1st Gen is dedicated to maximizing student success by creating a support system within the community that facilitates the development of helpful relationships between residents and U-M staff and faculty. Through offering intentional academic support and personal development programming that addresses college transition, 1st Gen will help students make the most of their Michigan experience.
- The formal definition of a first-generation college student at the University of Michigan is a student whose parents did not complete a four-year college degree.
- Residents of 1st Gen regularly attend events like the First Generation Open House, First-Gen Symposium, Community Dinner and more put on by the First Gen Gateway.
- The community’s themes and activities are customizable depending on the needs and desires of the participants.
“I just love that I was able to meet and bond with people who can understand my biggest struggle with college, being a first generation student. I think knowing that I have access to a whole community to create memories that parents could not tell me about makes this journey a whole lot easier.”
“Living in the 1st gen Theme Community is something I highly recommend. This is a huge campus and coming to it for the first time can be extremely intimidating. Making friends and feeling accepted is something everyone wants, living in this Theme Community really helped with that. You live with people who share a similar background as you, which makes connecting to them an ease. People followed the ‘open door policy’ everyday, inviting others into their room with welcoming smiles. The RA for 1st Gen also reached out to us with special events and beneficial resources. It has definitely been a great experience living in this community, so if you are considering it you should follow through and join!”
- First-year students who are the first in their family to attend college
- Participate in programs and events
- Engage in leadership opportunities on campus
- Complete the online University Housing application.
- Indicate the Theme Communities that interest you (up to 2) on the application.
- Fill out the Theme Community application attached to the Housing application.
- Some Theme Communities require a short essay. The essay questions are on the application.