UGA First-Gen Graduate Student Success

First-Gen students pose with Hairy Dawg at the First Generation event at the Tate Center in November 2019.


The University of Georgia Graduate School celebrates the accomplishments of our First-Generation graduate students who chart new pathways for their families and communities. First-Gen  graduate students demonstrate resilience and innovation in navigating institutional spaces. We seek to affirm your experiences and hope this webpage provides a launching point for locating useful resources and finding community within the UGA family.


    1. Deliver academic and professional programming for First-Generation graduate students.
    2. Connect First-Gen graduate students with health and wellness resources.
    3. Provide a resource page with links to campus offices and student organizations, as well as books, articles, and additional resources for First-Gen graduate students.
    4. Support awareness of, and appreciation for, the unique experience of the First-Gen graduate students.
    5. Encourage community among First-Gen graduate students, First-Gen undergraduate students, First-Gen faculty, and First-Gen staff.


  • First-Gen Success at UGA (University-wide)
  • The University of Georgia (UGA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Beta Gamma chapter of Alpha Alpha Alpha (or Tri-Alpha) – a national honor society recognizing the academic achievements of first-generation college students (defined here as coming from a family where neither parent nor any legal guardian earned a bachelor’s degree). To qualify, you must be a current degree candidate at UGA. Graduate students must have completed at least one term of study, and nine (9) credit hours, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all coursework. For more information, contact Laetitia Adelson in the Division of Academic Enhancement at


The Fall 2021 First-Gen in Graduate School Workshop series begins August 2021. Please check back this fall for details on our annual First-Generation Celebration Week in November!”


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