Partner for Achieving School SuccessUniversity of CincinnatiPartner for Achieving School SuccessCollege of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Partner for Achieving School Success

                  The Gen-1 Theme House:
            A UC Student Success Initiative


Gen-1 is an innovative University of Cincinnati initiative that promotes the

academic success of first-generation, Pell-eligible college students.

Historically, this underserved population has an exceptionally

low college graduation rate: only 11% graduate within 6 years. During its

5-year history, Gen-1 has demonstrated that this population of students

can be successful when support services are provided.


Move in

Cutting Edge

As the very first living-learning community in the nation to focus on first-generation, Pell-eligible students, the Gen-1 Theme House is a groundbreaking University of Cincinnati program that improves the educational success of a historically underserved student population.



Gen-1 has served over one hundred students, 80% of whom are students of color, since its inception in 2008. The program's academic, financial, and social supports have helped over 90% of participants successfully complete their freshman year.


Nationally Recognized

The Gen-1 Theme House has been highlighted in national news outlets including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, USA Today, and
Inside Higher Ed.

Award Winning

The Gen-1 Program was selected as a recipient of the 2013
Marian Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award at the University of Cincinnati.
This award showcases campus-affiliated individuals and groups whose diversity initiatives have positively impacted UC.

The Gen-1 Theme House was honored with the 2010
CollegeKeys Compact Innovation Award.
This award cited the program as an "exceptional initiative in the Midwest".

Program Coordinator Judy Mause received the 2010
Making A Difference Award from the University of Cincinnati.
This award recognized her work with the Gen-1 Theme House.


The Gen-1 Theme House supports many students but they cannot do it alone. You can support our effort by donating to the Gen-1 Theme House Fund. Click here to donate now.

Thank you for your generosity!