What is the USD First-Generation college student experience like?

The University of San Diego understands the unique experience of First-Generation students, especially at USD. Please review key retention and graduation data collected from the incoming undergraduate class of 2009 cohort.


USD Resources

Contact: Mariann Sanchez
Student Life Pavilion 401
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 260-2227
Contact: Amanda Etter
Hahn University Center 225
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 260-7483
Contact: Ariela Canizal and Ryan Jumamil
Barcelona 301
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 260-7580


Community Resources

I’m First! was created by nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity in 2013 to provide students who lack a family history of higher education with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college and is now an initiative of Strive for College—a national nonprofit that also runs a national online mentoring program for college-bound students.
An initiative led by NASPA with the generous financial support of The Suder Foundation. The Center for First-generation Student Success will serve as the primary entity to increase the research, scholarship, and effective practice supporting first-generation student success and to expand the number of institutions with evidence-based programs.
Learn from dynamic panelists, presenters, and keynote speakers, Engage with the first-gen community, and Dialogue with fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members!
The summit aims to:
  • Build community for first-year first-generation undergraduate and graduate college students.
  • Educate around issues, practices, and research on first-generation college experiences.
  • Bring visibility to the first-generation college student community and their intersecting identities.