First-Generation Students - University of Dallas

First-Generation Students - University of Dallas

Proud to Be First

At UD, first-generation students, coming from a wide swath of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, comprise a record 20% of the freshman class. Former President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA ’82 MA ’83, and a number of faculty and staff are first-generation college graduates.

On this page, we have collected resources to help our first-generation students, who are pioneers in their families on this college journey, to flourish at UD.

A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree in the United States.

First-Gen in the News

July 21, 2023
"First-Generation Students Dive Into Classics In Constantin Scholars Program"
Fourth Cohort of Constantin Scholars Complete Summer Program

August 23, 2021
"First-Gen Ambassadors Serve as Support for All UD Students"
Constantin Foundation Scholarships support Campus-Wide Peer Support System 

July 1, 2021
"Parents Establish First-Generation Scholarship to Support Future Seekers of Truth, Beauty, Goodness"
Kagan Family Endows Scholarship for First-Generation Students 

May 10, 2021
"An Education for a Better Life"
Donors Endow Scholarship for First-Generation Students Honoring Longtime Dallas Pastor

Aug. 27, 2020
First Generation Cohort: Paving a Liberal Pursuit
New Constantin Scholars Complete Bridge to First Fall Semester at UD


Constantin Scholars: UD's Summer Bridge Program for Incoming First-Generation Students from Texas

We are grateful to the Constantin Foundation for providing funding to support a Summer Bridge Program for incoming first-generation students from Texas. 

Constantin First-Generation Student Scholarship

We are grateful to the Constantin Foundation for providing scholarship support to first-generation students from Texas who attend the University of Dallas. 

“Super” Dave LeMire Endowment
Fund established in honor of Dave LeMire for first generation undergraduate students to make a UD education more affordable. Super Dave was an undergraduate in the late 1970’s and returned to UD to work as a Campus Safety officer in August of 1982. He is beloved by students, faculty, staff and alumni from multiple generations and continues to keep the campus safe for future students. 

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