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We have answers! Are you a student who has questions (even seemingly random ones!)? Check out our 1stGen@Iowa Mentor Network to connect with a UI faculty or staff member who is looking forward to assisting you.

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The 1stGen@Iowa initiative was created by the University of Iowa First-Generation Task Force, which focuses on the role that UI faculty and staff have in first-generation students' success.




The 1stGen@Iowa initiative seeks to inform and educate the campus community, provide resources and strategies to support first-generation students in their academic and career endeavors, and celebrate first-generation students as they work to succeed at the University of Iowa.


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20 %

of UI undergrads identify as first-gen (approx)

20 %

of new first year students in the Class of 2027 identify as first-gen (approx 1,035 students)

28 %

Of Dec. 2023 graduating undergrads identify as first-gen

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Iowa is where great stories begin for first-generation college students. You can support students in their journey.
Find out how.

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First-Gen Forward Institution

Where does this designation come from and what does it mean for the University of Iowa?

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The University of Iowa is moving First-Gen Forward...

...by working to become the institution of choice for first-generation students in the state of Iowa.