First-Gen Longhorns

First-Gen Longhorns

Proud. Driven. Leading.

Welcome to the Forty Acres!

The University of Texas at Austin celebrates each year’s incoming first-generation students with First-Gen Welcome—an event that takes place during Longhorn Welcome and allows first-year and new transfer students to connect with their peers, familiarize themselves with campus resources, and take part in UT culture and traditions!

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What Does It Mean to Be a First-Generation Student?

First-generation (or first-gen, for short) college students are students whose parents or guardians have not had the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Many students whose parents have degrees from outside of the U.S. also identify as first-gen. First-Gen Longhorns—including first-gen faculty and staff—are a fundamental part of our campus and a strong and proud part of the UT family.

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Did You Know?

There are almost 10,000 first-gen college students currently enrolled at UT. That’s one in four students!

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Resources for Your Experience

In addition to annual events that celebrate first-gen students arriving on campus, finding their community and graduating, UT offers year-round assistance to ease the college transition.

First-Gen Longhorns creates a campus community for first-gen students through a comprehensive layering of academic, social and professional experiences, workshops, resources, and events.

Celebration and Connection

Events throughout the year provide opportunities to meet fellow first-gen students, familiarize yourself with campus support systems, and prepare for success on the Forty Acres and beyond.

Explore our calendar and learn more about registration and attendance on our Events page!

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