What is a First Generation College Student (FGCS)?
- A FGCS is a student from a family in which neither parent has earned a four-year undergraduate degree.
- Alabama is a university where FGCS thrive. Nearly 20% of our freshman class at UA are first generation college students. FGCS are an integral part of our University. They contribute to the great diversity, cultural and intellectual life of our vibrant undergraduate community. There are many resources and services available to help FGCS excel at Alabama.
Understand your Academic Eligibility and Stay on Track to Graduation
- Visit Degree Works
Resources to Help You Succeed at Alabama
- Successful students at Alabama take advantage of university resources. On-campus resources are available for students to enhance their academic experience and to help them make the most of their time at the University by participating in wellness programs, recreational, cultural, and service opportunities. The bottom line is smart students take advantage of university resources. Your undergraduate experience should challenge you to learn and grow. During challenging times, successful students seek help.
Participate in Campus Life
- Join the Alabama Firsts Student Organization
- Consider participating in a Living-Learning Community
- Meet with your professors during faculty office hours
- Learn about the many student organizations
- Consider Undergraduate Research, the Emerging Scholars Program, McNair Scholars Program, and service opportunities through the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility or the Community Service Center
Interested in getting a job?
- The Career Center website or office in the Ferguson Center Room 330
- The Center for Community-Based Partnerships
- Or access the Job Search link on MyBama by clicking on the Student Tab and then Student Employment.
Thinking about living off-campus?
Check out these great off-campus housing resources:
Other Great Resources
- The Office of Student Support Services, which provides an array of academic and personal support services to first generation college students with limited incomes and/or disabilities
- The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to deserving students from Alabama who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to attend college
- The Suder Foundation, which dramatically improves the graduation rate of selected first generation college-bound students by providing them financial, academic, emotional, and social assistance