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First Generation


We want to hear about your experience as first-gen UTEP students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Sharing your story can truly impact other students who may feel overwhelmed or alone when trying to navigate through college life. We want to hear about the choices you made that helped you overcome obstacles in life to ensure you received your degree. Families and parents of first-gen students may learn how to support their student by reading about your experience. You never know whose life you can change by sharing what you learned, how you persevered, and why you chose to be the first to go to college.

Your story could be featured on this website and be a part of future campaigns. If you were the first in your family to graduate from college, please consider sharing your story! 



UTEP: A First-Gen Forward Institution

UTEP is truly committed to first-generation student success; and our recognition as a First-Gen Forward Institution embraces that. The First Forward designation is given by the Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation.