Who is a first-generation student?

At UVU, a student is first-generation if neither parent/guardian has completed a U.S. bachelor's degree. These students are still considered first-generation even if a sibling or other family member has already completed a four-year college degree.

First-generation students (FGS) are pioneers in their families, often deciding to go to college at great personal and familial sacrifice. FGS come from every ethnic, racial, and religious background, and contribute to an increasingly diverse and inclusive UVU campus. The number of FGS attending UVU increases every year, and UVU is proud to welcome these students who wish to follow their dreams and receive a quality university education.

You're not alone

Completing a college degree program can be difficult, and even more so if you are trying to do it alone. I Am First connects you with a community of like-minded friends, mentors, and crucial campus resources to help you graduate.

All first-generation students at UVU are automatically a part of I Am First.

Get Involved

  • 2019 Summer Programs
  • Events
  • Leadership Program
  • Alternative Break trips

Mentor Program

Connects first-generation students with staff and faculty mentors who offer academic, professional, and personal support.

Learning Lunches

Share a free meal with a staff or faculty member and ask questions about majors and careers, get to know professors, and meet other students.


Apply for book and housing scholarships to receive fincancial support while at UVU.

FGS Spotlight

Portrait of FGS Spotlight Kailee Tapia

Kailee Tapia

("Kai" rhymes with "Sky"), Freshman

Major: Digital Cinema

Quote: "Good leaders work to inspire themsleves. Great leaders work to inspire others."

Kailee was born in Sandy, UT, but moved to Tremonton, UT when she was 8. She graduated from Bear River High School, where she was on Student Government her junior and senior year. She is the 3rd oldest of 6 children, and she and her twin sister are the first of their siblings to go to college. This is her first year at Utah Valley University, and she plans to attend all 4 years to obtain a bachelor’s degree in digital cinema, which will help her get closer to her goal of becoming a film director. Kailee joined I Am First to grow more as a leader and show other students that they can succeed in higher education. Kailee would like to continue learning more about being a leader and helping others achieve their goals. She wants to be an example for her siblings and other first-gen students and show them that they can accomplish anything as long as they work hard and give it everything they've got.

View FGS archive.

We're here for you

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Contact Us

Garrett Nagaishi, Program Manager

Phone: 801-863-5755

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm

Room: LC 405e

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