First-Generation College Student Experience

StudentsWelcome to the First-Generation (First-Gen) College Student Experience website where First-Generation students and their families can learn about what it means to be a First-Generation student at USD. In addition, this website is intended for any USD member to identify key resources to better support the growing First-Generation student population at USD.

Who is a First-Generation College Student?

The University of San Diego follows the definition for a First-Generation student from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in which "parents have not earned any post-secondary degree."


Register for the OLÉ! Weekend First-Generation Student Reception!

First-Generation Student Reception! Please visit for additional information and to register online. We invite you and your family to the First-Generation Student Reception during OLE! Weekend. At this reception, current students, staff, and faculty members will be sharing their stories on being a first-generation student at USD as well as campus resources with you and your family. Take a short break from moving in and join us! Friday, August 31st 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Hahn University Center Forums A, B, and C. Registration deadline is August 10th!

Incoming first-year students who identify as first-generation students are encouraged to attend this informal meet and greet. In this session you will learn more about first-generation student support, meet USD faculty & community members and hear from USD president, Dr. Harris. Families are welcome to attend as well! Please RSVP through the link below:

First-Generation Student Reception RSVP