The First Cats Experience

First Cats supports students from the time they enter the UA through graduation, and any time in between. We are a community of first-generation students and staff that will support you throughout your college journey. We invite you to explore the many program offerings below and get connected with First Cats.  

A first-generation college student is defined as a student:

  • who comes from a home where neither parent/legal guardian has completed a four-year bachelor’s degree;
  • whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a country outside of the United States;
  • who has separated or divorced parents and the parent with primary custody, or with whom the student lives with a majority of the time, does not have a bachelor’s degree;
  • who was/is a homeless youth, in the foster care system, or a ward of the state.

First Cats believes in the value of peer mentoring. During the first year, students are paired with a Peer Mentor, someone who was in your shoes not too long ago. Through one-on-one meetings with a Peer Mentor and interactive group workshops, First Cats focuses on successfully tackling the transition to college, getting involved on campus, mastering time management, setting goals, networking, problem solving, resume building and much more! 

By getting involved with First Cats you will have the opportunity to meet new people and be surrounded by a community committed to your success. 

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During the second year, First Cats have the opportunity to meet with a Peer Mentor and participate in interactive workshops on a monthly basis. The second year is focused on solidifying a major, exploring possible career paths, understanding the difference between graduate school and the workforce, building a resume, and making a detailed plan for the remainder of your time at UA. 

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During the third year, First Cats focuses on preparing for what comes next - graduate school or the workforce. In our Life After College workshop series, 3rd year + students refine the skills and professional platforms needed to successfully apply to graduate school and/or career opportunities.

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During the fourth year, First Cats focuses on life after college - from paying back student loans, making major life purchases, reflecting on the impact of their college journey, to negotiating career and graduate school opportunities. 

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