Undergraduate Students

Connect with other First-Generation undergraduate students

Are you looking to connect with other first-gen students and build community? Check out the First-Generation Student Association!

The First-Generation Student Association’s (FGSA) mission is to establish a support system, provide services and workshops, foster a sense of community, and encourage pride for the First-Generation College Students at the University of San Diego.

The University of San Diego defines First-Generation students in the following way: At the time you completed high school or high school equivalency, neither of your custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s) earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The First-Generation Student Association will be geared towards this demographic but welcomes all students and members of the USD community.

The association holds bi-weekly meetings on Thursdays during Torero Hours. Meeting agendas include a design thinking sprint, first-generation graduate student panel discussions, presentations from faculty, and a Career Development session about resume building and interview skills. The long-term goal of the association is to connect with local high schools and incoming first-generation college students to create a mentor program. 

Email USD1stGenStudent@gmail.com to get connected with the First-Generation Student Association!

Tips for Success

Please review the First-Generation Tips for Success as you transition to college life.

Be sure to check back for upcoming events and programs for First-Generation students!

First-Gen undergraduates

Need additional information and resources to support your identity as a First-Generation student?

Please visit our 'Resources' page or e-mail us at firstgen@sandiego.edu for additional information.