The University of Arizona's first-gen community is represented in every facet of campus life – from classrooms to cultural centers, playing fields to research labs, behind a desk or up on stage – there are over 10,000 Wildcats (students, faculty, and staff) who are proud to be the first in their family to attend college.
The First Cats STUDENT Experience
Whether you're a first year student getting used to campus or a senior getting ready to graduate, First Cats is here for every step of your UA journey. We look forward to welcoming you into the First Cats community!
First Cats Events & Programs
First Cats offers first-generation college students, faculty, and staff opportunities to explore and take pride in their first-generation experience. We host campus-wide events and programs open to all first-generation college students, faculty, staff, and supporters.
First Cats Mentoring Program
Calling all first-year (freshman) and second-year (sophomore) first-generation college students! First Cats partners with Thrive Mentoring to offer a peer-mentoring program to support you in your transition into college, developing relationships with faculty, staff, and peers, and make connections to the campus community.
Faculty & Staff Involvement
Learn more about first-gen students at UArizona and how you can center them in your classes, programs, advising and more.
Share Your First Cats Story
Storytelling is a powerful way to connect with others. If you are a first-generation college student or graduate, we would love to hear your unique story.