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.


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


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


of University at Buffalo incoming freshmen are considered first generation.


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