The Gen-1 Program helps first-generation, Pell-eligible students transition from high school into college, increasing their likelihood of successfully completing their freshman year and earning a degree. By helping these students to achieve academic, personal, and social success, this program transforms lives and enhances our community.
The Gen-1 Theme House is a residence hall providing freshmen with a structured environment in which to live, learn, and work. Students may continue residence in the house as sophomores or participation in Gen-1 through the non-residential Ambassador Program during their sophomore, junior, and senior years.
When measured against freshmen year continuation rates, freshmen-to-sophomore return rates, GPA, and credit hours earned, Gen-1 students consistently match or outpace the overall UC freshman class. More importantly, Gen-1 participants outperform other first-generation, Pell-eligible students at UC.