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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Important Updates (revised 10/9/2020)

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Spotlight! Upcoming Events


First Cats Wednesdays

First Cats is at it again! Join our first-generation college community for First Cats Wednesday on Oct. 14, 2020. Two Times; Same Program. 12-1:30pm and 5-6:30pm. We promise you a fall themed chill session to craft, play games, and build community.

No specific materials needed. You can use your computer, phone, or materials around you. You pick! "Doors open" at 12pm and 5pm; event starts at 12:10pm and 5:10pm

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The First Cats STUDENT 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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First Cats Mentoring Program

Calling all First Year/Freshman or Second Year/Sophomore first-generation college students! First Cats offers a mentoring program to support you in your transition into college, developing relationships with faculty,staff, and peers, and make connects to the campus community.

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Outreach Request

Share who First Cats is with your students and community! If you are visiting campus or wanting more information, complete our short request form now. We cannot wait to meet you.

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Faculty & Staff Involvement

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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 our professional development session today!

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Share Your First Cats Story

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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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