First Cats

The UA’s first-gen community is represented in every facet of campus life – from classrooms to cultural centers, playing fields to research labs, behind a desk or up on stage – there are over 10,000 UA students, faculty, and staff who are proud to be the first in their family to attend college.
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The First Cats Experience

Whether you're a first year student getting used to campus or a senior getting ready to graduate, First Cats is here for every step of your UA journey. We look forward to welcoming you into the First Cats community! 

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First Cats Events & Programs

First Cats offers first-generation college students, faculty, and staff opportunities to explore and take pride in their first-generation experience. We host campus-wide events and programs open to all first-generation college students, faculty, staff, and supporters. 

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Share Your First Cats Story

Storytelling is a powerful way to connect with others. If you are a first-generation college student or graduate, we would love to hear your unique story. 

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First Cat Staff/Faculty & Collaborations

Are You a First Cat Staff/Faculty Member? If you are a staff or faculty member who is a first-generation student/graduate, we also want to connect with you. 

Do you or your office want to learn more about how to support first-generation college students at the University of Arizona? If your answer is yes, we cannot wait to work with you!

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First Cats Trainings

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Learn more about first-gen students at Arizona and how you can center them in your classes, programs, advising and more.  Sign up for a training today!

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First Cats Graduation

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Join us for the first ever graduation event for first-generation students in the beautiful new Health Sciences Innovation Building on Sunday, May 5, 2019.