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

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Connecting, supporting and guiding first-generation 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 achievements of first-generation college students, faculty and staff. We are showing our commitment to our first-gen population with the ongoing development of resources and tools to build awareness of unique first-gen experiences and to foster a community of individuals just like you.

Proud To Be First 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.

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.

First-Generation Statistics


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 the University at Buffalo's incoming freshmen are considered first generation.


of the University at Buffalo's undergraduate student population is considered first generation.