First-Gen Week

First-Gen Week celebrates first-generation students. Whether it’s by being the first in the family to go to college or by taking on leadership roles on campus, first-generation students pave the way in many ways on campus. A University of Michigan first-gen is part of a community of over 4000 other first-gens and that is not including staff and faculty who were themselves first-generation. The First-Gen Week celebrates the different ways that first-gens trailblaze and highlight the resources on campus for students who are the first in their families to go to college for a bachelor’s degree.

Learn more and register for events at:

Participants who attend two or more events will be entered into a raffle to receive a first-generation t-shirt. If you are a winner, we will reach out to you to see if you are interested in receiving one by mail.

Interested in a Zoom background for First-Gen Week? Email us at to receive one.


Year of Information 2021

New and returning students continue to re-orient themselves with the campus. First-years are experiencing the campus for the first time while upper-class students share that it feels like they are first-years again. UM is large and students receive a lot of information related to their college life including academics, health, degree requirements, housing/living in and around Ann Arbor, finances, programs, career guidance, etc. This year’s theme of information involves information management and learning new or forgotten information.

First-generation is an identity to be proud of. As a first-generation college student, you are part of a large, diverse group of trailblazers who overcome hurdles thrown their way. It is not always easy to be the first, but as a community, we help one another not just survive, but thrive through college.

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