First Generation College Students


Congratulations and welcome to the University of Washington Bothell! This site is designed to provide you with tips and be a “one stop shop” for resources to empower you for academic success, personal and professional development, and your transition to Bothell.

Who are First in the Family Students?

The University of Washington defines first-generation students as students whose parent(s) or guardian(s) did not receive a degree from a college or university, or are the first in their immediate family to attend a college or university. Students whose parent(s) or guardian(s) received a degree from a college or university outside the United States typically identify as first-generation.

Being a first generation college student is a huge accomplishment. You should be proud of yourself for embarking on this academic journey. Throughout your undergraduate and graduate education, you will face many unique experiences. The goal of this site is to help you navigate resources, find support, and get your questions answered.

All things considered, entering university can be difficult for anyone, whether you are first-generation or not. So, if you have stumbled upon this website and you do not identify as first-gen–that is okay. Welcome! I hope this site assists you as you navigate resources available here at UW Bothell.

Quick Facts

In autumn 2020, 41% of incoming first-year and incoming new transfers would be first in their families to earn a four-year degree.