Gen-1 House helps new students succeed
Greater student retention, improved academic performance and higher graduation rates are three fundamental UC goals. The Gen-1 Theme House--geared toward first-generation, Pell-eligible college students--is having such a positive effect on all three that it was recently hailed in the publicationDiverse: Issues in Higher Education. Of the 24 "Gen-1 students" who started at UC in the 2009-10 academic year, 23 returned for their second year. Collectively, the house compiled a 2.77 freshman GPA.
The Gen-1 program also just received part of a $550,000 grant to enhance support of these first-generation pioneers.
More top high-school scholars choosing UC
UC is becoming a destination school for top high school students. The National Merit Corp. reports that UC enrolled 41 first-year National Merit Finalists last fall. That ranks UC 55th nationally, 21st among public universities, and 2nd in the Big East Conference behind only Notre Dame. UC actually enrolled four additional scholars after report data was gathered; so with 45 National Merit Finalists, our national rankings are even higher.
Recruiting these top students is a key part of UC's strategy to raise the bar on student success, and the numbers have been rising steadily since 2005. The 135 National Merit Scholars currently enrolled are part of UC's record total enrollment of 41,357, up 4.3% from a year ago.