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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.

#FirstGenLonghorns Preview Day

November 8, 2019
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center (WCP) Ballroom

During this invitation-only event, prospective first-generation college students will have the opportunity to meet other outstanding first-generation students interested in UT, tour campus, meet with first-generation UT staff, faculty and current students, participate in our National First-Generation College Student Celebration and learn about the application process straight from Admissions staff.

Hosted by the Office of Admissions

First-Generation College Celebration Day

November 7, 2019
12-3 p.m.
Main Building (MAI), Room 212

All first-generation college students, faculty and staff on the Forty Acres are invited to UT’s second annual First-Generation College Celebration Day event. Refreshments will be served, and guests will be offered complimentary #FirstGenLonghorn gear, including sunglasses, clear tote bags, and T-shirts. There also will be a raffle at the conclusion of the event. Weather permitting, the event will culminate with a group photo on the Tower steps.

Let us know if you plan to join any part of the day’s activities: Please RSVP by Monday, November 4, at bit.ly/firstgencelebration19.

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

Study Abroad Workshop

November 7, 2019
6-8 p.m.
Malcom X Lounge @ Jester Center

Afrikan American Affairs, in conjunction with GenerationU, is hosting a study abroad workshop for students of color and first-generation students to increase participation in study abroad programs facilitated by the International Office, as well as the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. There will be individuals available to provide tips for applications and look over essays before submission.

Hosted by the Multicultural Engagement Center

First-Generation Students at Harvard Law School

November 7, 2019
5-6 p.m.
Virtual information session

Harvard Law School (HLS) strives to be a community of inclusivity and support for all students. HLS invites you to join them and student representatives from First Class, an intersectional student organization for first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds, to learn about the various support opportunities available at HLS.

Learn more and register >

Hidden Treasures Stroll Along the Speedway Boulevard

November 7, 2019
5:30-7 p.m.
Peter O'Donnell Jr. Building (POB) 2.404A

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement has taken on the role of exposing first-generation students to places, spaces, and events all around campus that might not be on their radars. Join other first-generation Longhorns for this event as part of the monthly Hidden Treasures series.

Hosted by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Click here to RSVP >

First-Gen x Jester West

November 6, 2019
6:30-8 p.m.
Jester West Lobby

Make art with us! Collaborate with us on a first gen-centered art project while enjoying snacks, music and connection.

Hosted by New Student Services and University Housing and Dining

College of Liberal Arts Office of Student Success Open House

November 6, 2019
11:30a.m.-1 p.m.
Gebauer (GEB) 1.308

Visit the office and learn about the resources available at the Office of Student Success in the College of Liberal Arts.

Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts Office of Student Success

Navigating the Hidden Expectations of Graduate School as a First-Generation Graduate Student

November 6, 2019
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Patton Hall (RLP) 1.302E

During this informal lunchtime roundtable discussion, first-generation graduate students will share their own experiences and how they have learned to navigate the unknown expectations for finding funding, navigating the faculty/student relationship and advocating for themselves.

Click here to RSVP >

Hosted by The Graduate School and Texas Career Engagement

Liberal Arts Career Services Open House

November 6, 2019
12-1 p.m.
Flawn Academic Center (FAC) 18

Stop by for snacks and meet our career coaching and recruiting team! We are so proud of all of our first-generation students and want to partner with you to help navigate the road ahead and create as many pathways as possible. Liberal Arts Career Services is committed to supporting students from all backgrounds and meeting individuals' diverse needs with a personalized approach. We strive to create an inclusive, welcoming environment as we assist you in exploring career paths and preparing for what's next.

Hosted by Liberal Arts Career Services

Student Appreciation Day Celebrating First-Generation Students

November 5, 2019
1-3 p.m.
University Co-op

Enjoy a free treat and learn more about our LCAE Internship Program for First-Gen Students. Student members enjoy 15% off Longhorn merchandise in store all day. Watch the LCAE interns on our social media for T-shirt giveaways and more!

Hosted by the University Co-op

Being You: How to Network Authentically

November 5, 2019
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The University of Texas Club
2108 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX 78712

Join us for a motivating evening with Texas Exes at the UT Club. Come network with like-minded professionals and hear from a diverse set of speakers on their journeys after they left the Forty Acres. This round-table event will focus on the theme “Being You: How to Network Authentically.” Tickets include access to event, appetizers and one drink ticket.

Hosted by the Texas Exes Young Alumni Committee

Nonprofit Careers – Where Making an Impact Matters

November 5, 2019
5:30 - 7 p.m.
William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center (WCP) Ballroom

Interested in a nonprofit career where you can make an impact? Want to become a member of a mission-driven organization that matches your personal and professional goals? Join our College to Career Speaker Series panel discussion to learn about the wide variety of nonprofit careers that provide a positive impact in our communities. Panelists will share their stories and backgrounds, including their journey from college to career. They also will provide insight into their organizations, their impact on local communities, and how their organizations recruit for talent.

Hosted by Texas Career Engagement

Multicultural Engagement Center First-Gen Mixer

November 5, 2019
11a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center (WCP) 1.102

Join the Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC) for a mixer with first-generation students across campus. The MEC is a great place to get involved and access resources. For many students, it is a home away from home. Check out our space, meet the MEC staff advisors (who are ALL first gen) and get connected! At the start of this event, special guests Mariama Nagbe (Ph.D. Candidate, Educational Leadership and Policy) and Jaylen Wright (Ph.D. Candidate, Health Behavior and Health Education) will share their experiences and research journeys as graduate students. This event is open to undergraduate- and graduate-level students.

Hosted by the Multicultural Engagement Center

Engineering Student Services Resource Fair

November 5, 2019
11:30a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Engineering Education and Research Center (EER) 0.806 – 0.8082

Learn about the resources Engineering Student Services provides.

Hosted by the Cockrell School of Engineering

First-Generation Graduate Student Luncheon

November 5, 2019
12 p.m.
Union (UNB) 2.102

Join first-generation graduate students, faculty and staff for lunch and introductions to important resources across campus.

Click here to RSVP >

Hosted by The Graduate School

"The Fab Life" Interactive Budgeting Game

November 4, 2019
2-3 p.m.
College of Business Administration (CBA) 4.338

Join the Financial Wellness Center of Excellence for some practice on budgeting! The Fab Life is an interactive “real life” simulation game intended to teach budgeting basics and the real-world effect of choices on cash flow. Each player receives their bio (with income) and sets out to choose their living environment, their transportation mode and more, with the goal to stay within a monthly budget.

Hosted by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

Building a Professional Network as a First-Generation Graduate Student

November 4, 2019
4-5:30 p.m.
College of Business Administration (CBA) 4.324

During this informal workshop, first-generation graduate students will learn how to build a professional network in an authentic way. This workshop will be facilitated by Annie Maxfield, Director of Graduate, Career and Professional Development for Texas Career Engagement.

Click here to RSVP >

Hosted by The Graduate School and Texas Career Engagement

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

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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.

#FirstGenLonghorns

Photo of Dr. Lynn Crismon

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."

First-Generation College Celebration Day 2019 Photos


First-Generation College Celebration Day 2018 Photos