Hoos First: First-Generation & Limited Income Student Support

On top of the baseline stressors and challenges of college, first-generation students (for whom neither parent/guardian obtained a four-year degree, or whose parent/guardian obtained a degree non-traditionally) often face additional obstacles to finding community and a sense of belonging. At UVA, we're committed to meeting you where you are and making sure that the Wahoo experience is accessible to and enjoyable for all. Through intentional connections and educational programming, our team is here to help you thrive!

Hoos first week - first generation student celebration

Hoos First Week - First Generation Student Celebration

November 6, 2023 - November 10, 2023
Schedule of Events coming soon.

Calling all first-generation students, faculty, and staff! Hoos First Week was created to recognize and celebrate your success as a thriving community at the University of Virginia. We salute you for being among the first persons in your immediate family to attend college. There are tons of programs and events planned focused on academic enrichment, community building, career success, and more! 

FGLI Student Groups

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First Generation/Low Income Partnership at UVA

Need an advocate? FLIP is a student-run group that champions the causes of first-gen and low-income (FGLI) students. We work to expand University resources and empower you!

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Rise Together Mentoring Program

Looking for a way to give back? Channel your experience into service by mentoring K-12 youth in Albemarle County through tutoring and leadership/workforce readiness training.

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Hoos First Look

If you're a prospective 'Hoo, you could be one of 20 first-gen/low-income students invited to Hoos First Look, an annual three-day, two-night academic enrichment program in the fall semester. The best part? Trip costs are fully reimbursed.

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QuestBridge at UVA

Does UVA feel out of reach? QuestBridge is a national nonprofit that connects the country's most exceptional, low-income youth with selective colleges. Learn about the application process, timeline, and contacts.

First-Gen Mentoring Network

Got questions? Connect to faculty and staff members who want to help you navigate friendships, academics, career paths, and much more. Talk to someone who appreciates the unique experiences of first-gen students and cares about helping you feel at home.