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First Generation Student Experience     First-Gen-Spider-Cat-Logo-Sticker_left-edit2.png

The First-Generation Student Experience is a program designed to aid first-generation college students in adapting and thriving in the academically rigorous and highly competitive environment of UC San Diego. The program is founded on the three pillars of community, knowledge and mentorship. Students can access workshops, events, and one-on-one personalized coaching to help make the most of their university experience. Topics touched upon during coaching sessions include effective study strategies, learning styles, making connections, and goal setting. 

Students will have the opportunity to interact with variety of university resources including the Career Services Center, Teaching and Learning Commons and UC San Diego faculty/staff members. Most importantly, students create a “touchstone” relationship. They have a person at the university that knows them, cares about their personal success, and holds them accountable.

Who Is Considered a First-Generation Student?

A student with neither parent having graduated from a 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education.

Upcoming Events

To Be Announced

Past Events



Undocumented Student Services 

  • Offering legal, financial, and career support. 

Triton Firsts

  • We engage first-generation professors, lecturers, researchers, staff, graduate students, and alumni at UC San Diego to inspire and equip first-generation students to excel during their undergraduate journeys.

First Gen Student Success Coaching Program

  • Coaching provides support to incoming and continuing first-generation college students, helping them to achieve their goals and dreams.

Student Veterans Resource Center

  • We are committed to the success of our military-connected students.

Transfer Student Success 

  • Home to the Triton Transfer Hub, provides resources, services, and programs to empower Triton Transfers to achieve their goals as they navigate UC San Diego’s academic and cultural landscape.

Join Our Program!

Please complete this form if you would like to receive invites to first-gen student events.

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Questions or inquiries about the program? Contact Lorena Velazquez Magdaleno,, or Chuck Stanley,