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Welcome, First-Generation Longhorns!

We're so glad you're here, and we're committed to supporting you from the day you arrive on campus to the day you receive your diploma. You are the future of the state of Texas and beyond, and we're honored you chose The University of Texas at Austin.

More Than 20% of UT Undergrads are First-Generation College Students

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How Many First-Generation Students Attend UT?

  • UT enrolls first-generation students in every college and school on campus.
  • More than 9,000 first-generation students are enrolled as undergraduates.

First-Generation students come from families where neither parent or guardian has a four-year degree or higher from a college or university. Many students whose parents have degrees from outside of the United States also identify as first-generation. UT is happy to support and serve anyone who identifies as first-generation. First-Generation Longhorns — including first-generation faculty and staff — are a fundamental part of our campus, a strong and proud part of the Longhorn family.

A focus on first-generation students was the platform of Alejandrina Guzman, 2017-2018 Student Government President. Her efforts helped launch a campus-wide focus on first-generation students and included planning events such as the inaugural First-Generation Student Kick-Off Weekend and an annual networking event honoring Trailblazers of the Forty Acres in collaboration with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

Ensuring first-generation students and their families are aware of and have access to the many resources available to them on campus is key to their success. With executive sponsorship from Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly and Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement Dr. Leonard Moore, a charge was initiated in Spring 2018 to begin a First-Generation Commitment Working Group. The working group, which includes students, faculty and staff from units across campus, seeks to identify ways to increase support for first-generation Longhorns campus wide.

In Summer 2018, the working group partnered with New Student Services and Texas Parents, both of which are part of the Division of Student Affairs, to incorporate concurrent sessions for families of first-generation college students during Family Orientation. The 45-minute session welcomed 330 family members of first-generation students to campus, provided information on resources available to their students and answered questions about student life at UT.

Annually, first-generation students are honored as part of the national First-Generation College Celebration Day. This campus-wide event brings together students, faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate the accomplishment and pride of UT’s first-generation community. More information about UT’s 2019 First-Generation College Celebration Day event will be posted here as it becomes available.


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Dr. Lynn Crismon

  • Dean, College of Pharmacy
  • James T. Doluisio Regents Chair, College of Pharmacy
  • Behrens Inc. Centennial Professor of Pharmacy
  • BS Pharmacy ’74, University of Oklahoma
  • Pharm.D. ’79. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

"As a former first-generation college student, I strongly support facilitating the dreams of first-generation students."

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Dr. Paul Goldbart

  • Dean, College of Natural Sciences
  • Professor, Department of Physics
  • Mary Ann Rankin Leadership Chair for the College of Natural Sciences
  • Robert E. Boyer Chair in Natural Sciences
  • BA Physics and Theoretical Physics ’81, Cambridge University
  • MS Physics ’82, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D. Physics ’85, Imperial College London

"Being part of the first generation in my family to attend college meant exploring new directions. When I stepped on to a college campus for the first time, it was love at first sight."

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Dr. Charles Martinez

  • Dean, College of Education
  • Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
  • Lee Hage Jamail Regents Chair in Education, College of Education
  • Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair in Education, College of Education
  • BA Psychology ‘91, Pitzer College
  • MA Clinical Psychology ‘93, California School of Professional Psychology
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology ‘97, California School of Professional Psychology

"If you are a first-generation student, I say you are not attending college by accident. You are not an exception to a rule. You have earned this opportunity through your hard work."

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Mike Gutierrez

  • Senior Program Coordinator, Student Success Initiatives
  • BA Psychology ’13, The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.Ed. College & University Student Personnel Administration ’15, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Doctoral Student, Program in Higher Education Leadership ’23, The University of Texas at Austin

"Being a first-generation graduate means being a role model to my younger siblings and serving as a mentor for future generations of scholars. I’m proud to be first-generation."

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Lina Tran

  • BS Advertising ’09, The University of Texas at Austin

"As a daughter of Vietnamese refugees, being first generation inspired me daily to honor my parents who have made countless sacrifices for me and supported me wholeheartedly. It was a privilege to attend and graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, and I will always cherish my time on the Forty Acres."

Upcoming Events

Family Weekend

October 26, 2019
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Student Activity Center (SAC) 2.120

Families of first-generation students are invited to join UT faculty, staff, and students to learn more about how to best support first-generation students and discuss resources on campus.

First-Gen Student Workshops & Visit with the President

September 8, 2019

First-Gen Kickoff Weekend

September 7, 2019

UT-LSU Football Tailgate

First-Gen Longhorn Graduation

May 23, 2019

With more than 150 students and guests in attendance, UT’s inaugural First-Gen Longhorn Graduation honored the achievements of students who identify as first-generation graduates. Commemorative stoles were in high demand, and students were excited to represent their achievements at the celebration as well as at their departmental and college-wide ceremonies.

Hosted by The University-Wide First-Generation Commitment Working Group, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

First-Generation College Celebration Day

November 8, 2018

Students, faculty, staff and alumni who identify as first-generation college students were invited to a celebratory come-and-go reception in Room 212 of the Main Building. Guests had the opportunity to write a letter to one of their supporters, record a video testimonial about what being a first-generation college student means to them, have a professional portrait taken, enjoy a photo booth, meet and greet the event’s executive sponsors and win prizes from campus partners like the Texas Exes. The celebration concluded with a group photo on the Tower steps.

Hosted by The University-Wide First-Generation Commitment Working Group
In partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Office of Enrollment Management, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Exploring UT's Hidden Treasures

November 8, 2018

First-generation students were invited to learn more about the Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC) and the Gender Sexuality Center (GSC) while enjoying dinner and checking out Gregory Gym and the rooftop of the Student Activity Center.

Hosted by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

First-Generation College Student Celebration

November 8, 2018

First-generation college students living at University Apartments were invited to gather together to share their stories and successes from their academic journey.

Hosted by University Housing and Dining