First Cats works with first-generation college students at the University of Arizona. The program was created to motivate and support students to attain a bachelor’s degree and prepare for the next step after college.
A first-generation college student is defined as a student
- who comes from a home where neither parent/legal guardian has completed a four-year bachelor’s degree;
- whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a country outside of the United States;
- who has separated or divorced parents and the parent with primary custody, or with whom the student lives with a majority of the time, does not have a bachelor’s degree;
- who was/is a homeless youth, in the foster care system, or a ward of the state.
First Cats is intended to work with students from the time they enter the UA through graduation, or any time in between. We are a community of first-generation students and staff that will support you through your college journey. Please explore the program offerings below.
Focus on the transition into college/the UA through peer mentoring and workshops.
Solidifying major choice and career path. The goal is to prepare for years three and four and become competitive for the next step after graduation.
Start prepping for your next step: graduate school or the workforce.
Prepare for life after college (finances, decision making, purchases, paying back loans)
Building community, supporting each other, working towards a degree!
All students interested in First Cats are able to sign-up by clicking here: PARTICIPATION FORM.
SHARE YOUR STORY!
We invite all first-generation students, faculty, staff, and UA alum to share your story with us: SHARE YOUR FIRST-GEN STORY.
If you have any questions, contact us at 520.626.8847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.