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First-Generation Student: (noun) A student whose parents did not graduate from a four-year university.


First2Go Program: (noun) A planned series of events to help first-generation students navigate and succeed in their first year at UCCS.


If you are the first in your family who will earn a Bachelor's degree, you are considered a first-generation student. UCCS is very proud of our first-generation students and we know that the transition into college can be both exciting and intimidating.

There is a supportive community here for all first-generation students. First2Go works with all first-generation students to help with any academic skillbuilding needs, but also as a support home where first-generation students and families can be heard and receive connections to support across the entirety of the UCCS campus and community.

First2Go buttons are used to highlight those at UCCS who are the first in their families to seek or earn a four-year college degree. Throughout a student's college career, other first-generation students, faculty, and staff serve as their support, community, cheerleaders, and role models. 

Gold Mountain Lion with the words First 2 Go on its side.

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 First2Go Program Participation

     If you identify as a first-generation student, we would love to have you as part of the First2Go program.  Please email Missy Sernatinger
     at msernati@uccs.edu to get more detailed information about the program.  Current members: You should have a First2Go Success Plan in
     your Starfish profile. 

     Benefits of participating in First2Go:

  • Receive check-ins from the Office of First Year Experience
     
  • Gain meaningful experiences and connect with mentorship opportunities on campus
     
  • Earn a cord to wear at graduation upon completion of the program in your first year
     
  • Create lasting connections to campus support

 First2Go Program Requirements:

  • Stop by the First Year Experience each month and complete an F2G Check-in Form. This lets us know how you are doing, gives you immediate access to support, and helps us know where we can offer additional support. 

 Challenges (Optional ways you can enhance your Mountain Lion Experience):

  • Attend each of your professor's office hours at least once.
  • Meet with your advisor to discuss next semester's class plan.
  • Stop by the Career Center to make sure you're on the correct major track for your wanted career.
  • Go to a Clyde's Night event (Bingo, Trivia, Karaoke, etc.)
  • Make a National Academic Quizbowl Tournament team and compete.
  • Attend a ROAR Daze event.
  • Visit all of the Excel Centers to see what services they have to offer.
  • Join a student organization.
  • Attend an Adulting 101 class at the UC.
  • Go to a ENT Center for the Arts show or event.
  • More to come!

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For questions about First2Go, please contact Missy Sernatinger at msernati@uccs.edu or 719-255-7521.