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.

First Foward Institution: Center for First-Generation Student Success

The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, recently announced their inaugural cohort of First Forward Institutions. The First Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. UVU’s I Am First program is very proud to be selected to participate in the inaugural cohort!

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

  • 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 financial support while at UVU.

FGS Spotlight

Portrait of FGS Spotlight Ivette Pimentel

Ivette Pimentel


Major: Pre-Nursing


I was born here in Utah and moved around a lot as a child. I graduated from Herriman High. My family is originally from Mexico. My first language is Spanish and I remember having to learn English in kindergarten and having to teach my younger siblings to speak English.

I'm the oldest of four kids and I am the first person in my entire family to attend college. In high school I was in the Latinos in Action class and I remember coming to UVU for a conference and just loving it. I knew I wanted to come to UVU because it just felt right and I felt so welcomed. The reason I wanted to change my major to Pre-Nursing is because in high school I did a internship with South Jordan Fire and I realized that I didn't want to be a Firefighter/Paramedic because I loved what the Nurses were doing. I want to be able to help people with anything they need and be a resource that they can turn to, I want to work in a hospital with patients and maybe one day become a doctor.

View FGS archive.

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Contact Us

EMAIL: iamfirst@uvu.edu

Phone: 801-863-4000

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm

Room: LC 405

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