First-Generation Applicants

If you’re a prospective first-generation student, you will be in good company here. Nearly 30% of our undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college. 

Read on to familiarize yourself with the array of resources and services available to you.

First To Go

Your first stop for planning to attend UCLA should be First To Go, a resource office that supports future first-gen Bruins. A “first-generation college student” is defined as a student whose parent/guardian has not received a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. You can explore scholarship resources available to first-generation students as well as undocumented or DACA students.

Curious what other first-gen students have to say about Bruin life? Watch their videos and learn their stories.

The First To Go Living Learning Community provides an inclusive living environment for Bruins who identify as first-generation college students. 


First-Gen Faculty

More than 150 of our professors (and counting) proudly identify as former first-generation college students. They share their stories to offer you support and encouragement.

First-Gen Network for Alumni

Every year, hundreds of students graduate and join the First-Gen Network for alumni.

The association serves first-gen alumni from all backgrounds, providing social and professional engagement, community outreach and mentorship opportunities through events, networking and community service.

University of California Resources

We encourage you to explore all of the resources available to you. So, make sure you check out what the UC has to offer.  

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