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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, support first-generation students in their academic and career endeavors, and ensure that students ultimately succeed at the University of Iowa.


Class of 2023 First-Gen Graduates

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20 %

of UI undergrads identify as first-gen (approx)

21 %

of new first year students in the Class of 2026 identify as first-gen (approx 1,060 students)

21 %

Of May 2023 graduating undergrads identify as first-gen

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