About the Program
Welcome to First-at-LAS! We are committed to supporting the academic success of first-generation college students who represent more than 40% of first-year students in UIC’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Beginning Fall 2019, First-at-LAS will offer a number of new programs designed with first-generation college students in mind. Students will have opportunities to connect with faculty and staff who proudly identify as former first-generation college students, participate in mentoring programs that support the college journey, and engage in meaningful conversations around the first-generation college student experience.
LAS celebrates first-generation college students and the value they add to the UIC community! In November, be on the lookout for the launch of the official website, attend our kickoff, and discover how to get involved!
Who is a First-Generation College Student?
Generally, a first-generation college student refers to a student with neither parent nor guardian having earned a four-year degree from a US college.
First-at-LAS proudly supports the academic success of first-generation college students by promoting student-faculty interaction, increasing engagement in campus resources and programs, building an inclusive environment that supports the first-gen experience, and fostering community.
How First-at-LAS Can Help You!
First-at-LAS provides support to first-generation college students in the following areas:
- Involvement opportunities (connections to research, internships, and experiential learning)
- Managing course expectations and study habits
- Communicating and building relationships with faculty
- Creating connections and building community
- Using support systems (including academic advising, tutoring and learning centers, the counseling center, and faculty office hours)
- Financial Aid literacy
- Work-life balance
Connect With Us!
First-at-LAS will celebrate its official launch on November 8th, in honor of National First-Generation College Student Day! Attend the kickoff to learn about the program, discover ways to get involved, and connect with faculty, staff, and peers over food and refreshments!
Details coming soon!
First-at-LAS Tell Me Your Story Campaign
First-at-LAS Student-Faculty Mentoring Program
First-at-LAS Peer Leaders and Mentoring Program
First-at-LAS Student Club