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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. First2Go is a program for first-generation students to see and meet peers, faculty, and staff who are/were also first-generation students. There is a supportive community here for all first-generation students. 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 students' college career, other first-generation students, faculty, and staff serve as their support, community, cheerleaders, and role models. 


     First2Go Program

     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 to get more detailed information about the program.  

     Benefits of participating in First2Go:

  • Gain tips on navigating college through a monthly email catered to first-generation student questions.
  • Receive check-ins from the Office of First Year Experience
  • Gain meaningful experiences to build your resume by attending designated events on campus
  • Earn a cord to wear at graduation upon completion of the program in your first year
  • Create lasting friendships


RSVP to any First2Go designated events by following these easy steps:

1. Log in to Mountain Lion Connect.

2. Search for First Year Experience.

3. Once you're in the First Year Experience portal, click on the Events tab. To RSVP, click on the name/date of the event that you would like to attend and click "yes, I will be attending." 


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