First Generation Engineering Program

1st Gen Engin

1st Gen Engin is a new program for first generation students in the College of Engineering (i.e. first generation in your family to earn a four year degree in the U.S. 

We are so happy you chose to attend the University of Michigan and want to help you along the way. As a first gen, you are resilient — that is why you are here! Being the first to achieve something can be intimidating but you have worked hard to get here and we are proud of you. As a first gen, you may face some challenges along the way and we want 
to help you succeed!
In Fall 2018 we began 1st Gen Engin with a launch party. Around 125 students, alumni, staff, and faculty attended. Participants networked with others and began to build a new community! We are proud of the success of the event and positive feedback and we hope to see you at our Mentoring Event (please RSVP) on February 20th from 5-7PM in the Dudserstadt Center Basement.
The individuals below are 1st gens themselves or allies and have agreed to serve as mentors for 1st gen undergraduate and graduate students in the College. Please feel to free to email them to connect.

There are many other resources for you that already exist on campus as well:

First Gen Undergrad Experiential Learning Funding: Are you a First Gen Engineering student with financial need? If so, there is funding for you to do experiential learning opportunities (such as research, study abroad, etc). Check out this link to learn more and come to the EAC for specialized advising regarding applying to this funding! Also, attend the 1st Gen Engin Experiential Funding Workshop on February 27th and RSVP here
First Gen Website – includes ample resources, stories of other first gens on campus, news, and more!
First Gen Student Group &  Propeller Collective – two student orgs specifically for you!
First Gen Space – for studying, meetings, to learn more about first gen
CAPS Resource – what are some challenges first gens face?
Students, do you want to help us plan 1st Gen initiatives? If so, let us know!  Email to get involved or for more information!