First Generation Student Resources


Check out our list of resources below for first-generation students!


Read our First Generation Handbook (PDF), which will provide you with information about how college works and what to expect at UGA. You’ll learn the most important terms you need to know, the critical resources on campus, academic expectations and some of the changes you will experience.

Your advisor is the person who helps you make decisions about courses you need to take to graduate, refers you to help on campus when you need it, answers your questions about college and explains University policies. Advisors are there to guide you through the curriculum and help you to understand how to make good course choices. Academic advising is mandatory prior to each semes- ter for which you plan to register at UGA.

In Academic Coaching, students meet with a certified Academic Coach to create an individualized success plan. Academic Coaching is a student driven experience where you work towards meeting your goals and learning new strategies for success. For more info on Academic Coaching, click here.

New for Fall 2020 - University of Georgia now has an Alpha Alpha Alpha (Tri Alpha) chapter. Tri Alpha is the nation's first national honor society for first-generation students. For more information on eligibility requirements and benefits, click here For info specific to the Beta Gamma chapter, email Chase Hagood or Lindsay Coco.

Classes occur on a standaridized schedule each semester. Click here for the Daily Class Schedule.

*Please note that due to COVID-19, the Daily Class Schedule is altered for Fall 2020.

Have questions about how COVID-19 will affect your time at UGA? Click here for more information. 

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) supports and advise students of their eligibility for financial assistance in a timely manner and educate them about the financial and academic responsibilities associated with the receipt of that aid.

Join First Gen Dawgs, a student-led organization on campus. For more info on First Gen Dawgs, click here or contact Carson Kuck.

The 1st at the First Program is dedicated to bringing together undergraduate students who are the first in their families to attend college. This program supports first-generation students at the first state-chartered university in America to share their concerns, get their questions answered and develop campus confidence and knowledge.  Additionally, it provides an opportunity for students to be part of the 1st at the First Leaders’ Institute and to become a 1st at the First Ambassador, ready to lead and mentor the next class of first in the family students, establishing yourself as a campus leader in your very first year at UGA.

The 1st at the First cohort will meet twice a month for one hour in the evening via Zoom.  Each workshop will be tailored to help first generation students to get acclimated to life at UGA and in Athens and to become great leaders.

For more info on 1st at the First, contact Laetitia Adelson.

The PLaTO program within the Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE) encompasses peer education efforts, including Peer Tutoring, Peer Learning Assistants, and Peer Allies. PLaTO engages students in the development of core competencies such as efficacy, communication, and support that shape their life as a student and beyond. For more information 

Student Care and Outreach coordinates care and assistance for all students, undergraduate and graduate, who experience complex, hardship, and/or unforeseen circumstances, by providing individualized assistance and tailored interventions.

TRIO Student Support Services provides comprehensive services to students who are first-generation, Pell Grant eligible, and/or registered with the Disability Resource Center. Click here for more info on TRIO SSS.

TRIO McNair prepares underrepresented UGA undergraduate students for graduate study at the doctoral level. Click here for more info on TRIO McNair.

The University Health Center at the University of Georgia is a fully integrated medical facility where each student is assigned to a primary care provider. The primary medical clinics are supported by an on-site laboratory, radiology department, and pharmacy. Specialty services include mental health counseling and psychiatric services, dental and vision clinics, a women’s clinic, physical therapy and massage, sports medicine, and a range of wellness-related services. Full-time students pay a health fee each semester which covers primary care office visit costs and qualifies students to receive specialty services at reduced rates.


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