Proud To Be First: UB's First-Generation Initiative

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Connecting, supporting and guiding first-generation college students throughout their college journey.

Being the first in your family to attend college is a huge accomplishment and a remarkable step for your future. The University at Buffalo recognizes the success and achievements of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff and is committed to the success of our first-generation college students with the ongoing development of resources and tools that build awareness of unique first gen experiences and foster a community of individuals just like you.

UB First Gen supports the academic, social and professional development of first-generation Bulls and their families by providing connections to campus resources, peer-mentoring, networking opportunities with faculty, staff and peers, events and more.

First Generation Statistics

What does it mean to be a first-generation student at UB?

At the University at Buffalo, a first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) has not achieved a bachelor's degree at the time of the person's first application for admission to the university, or the student's first application for financial aid at UB.

33%

of higher education students today are the first in their family to attend college.

27%

of first-generation college students complete a bachelor's degree in four years.

20%

of University at Buffalo incoming freshmen are considered first generation.

18%

of the University at Buffalo undergraduate student population are considered first generation.