You’re Not Alone

Completing a college degree program can be difficult, and even more so if you are trying to do it alone. "IamFirst" connects you with a community of like-minded friends, mentors, and crucial resources to help you graduate. All first-generation students at UVU are automatically a part of "IamFirst."


What is a first-generation student?

At UVU, a student is first-generation if neither parent/guardian has completed a U.S. bachelor's degree.

What does "IamFirst" do?

"IamFirst" provides scholarships, events, involvement, and mentoring opportunities for first-generation students. Our goal is to help students thrive in their university experience.

Do I need to apply to be part of "IamFirst?"

No. If you are a first-generation student, you are automatically a member of the "IamFirst" community.

Do you offer scholarships for first-generation students?

Yes, please visit the scholarship section of our website!

How can I get involved in "IamFirst?"

Email and we would be happy to send you information about upcoming events and connect you with volunteer opportunities!

What is the best way to access "IamFirst" updates?

Follow us on Instagram (@iamfirstatuvu) and like us on Facebook (I Am First at UVU)!

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Higher Education Term Decoder

Academic Affairs:

The academic affairs division is responsible for supporting student learning and experiences, program initiatives, and faculty support.

Academic standing:

A student’s academic standing is based on his or her earned GPA and determines the student’s eligibility to continue academic studies and/or graduate from the University. When a full-or part-time undergraduate student fails to maintain a semester or cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, the student shall be notified of progressive academic intervention actions.

Asynchronous Learning:

Asynchronous learning is a teaching method that uses online learning tools and platforms to facilitate lectures and assessment activities outside the constraints of a physical classroom and set meeting times.


The bursar’s office is responsible for collecting and analyzing all student charges and fees.


Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that students and instructors use throughout the semester.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form filled out by current and future undergraduate and graduate college students in the United States to determine whether they are eligible for student financial aid.


FERPA, which stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, is a federal law in the United States of America that guards the privacy of educational records for students from elementary school to college and university.

First-Generation Student:

A student who neither parent/guardian has graduated with a bachelor’s from a U.S. institution.


A learning management system (LMS) is a digital platform that enables the management, delivery and measurement of a student’s curriculum.

Minor Degree

An academic minor degree is a student’s secondary declared academic discipline or field of study for their undergraduate degree.

Office Hours:

Office hours are scheduled times when students are able to meet with instructors and teaching assistants.

Prerequisite Course:

A prerequisite course must be completed prior to another course.


An outline of the subjects in a course of study or teaching.