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First-Generation Students

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

September 17, 2021
"A New Precedent: UD's Freshman Class Brings in an Astounding 47% of Minorities"
Constantin Foundation Scholarships support Campus-Wide Peer Support System 

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

October 28, 2020
"A Generation of First Generation Students"
Profiles of UD First-Gen Students and Faculty in The University News

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

Aug. 17, 2020
First Generation Cohort: Paving a Liberal Pursuit
Eye on the Helpers: Politics Major Applies Truth Practically


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. To meet our recent Constantin Scholars, click here

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. The Spring application is not open. You can apply by clicking here. 

“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. 

See More Scholarship Opportunities

Constantin Scholars Program

First Gen Stories

Jessica Quiroz, BA '23

Social Media

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Check out these study tips from the Office of Academic Success, and more!

COVID - 19

Here is general COVID-19 information for on-campus learning and living. 

National Resources

I'm First!

I’m First!, an initiative of Strive for College, is an online community celebrating first-generation college students. Check out video stories from first-gen students, read student blogs and discover colleges that have special programs to support their first-gen students. We feature YouTube video testimonials from first-gen students and graduates from across the country.

Are You A First-Generation Student?

The Center for First-generation Student Success serves as the premiere source of evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students. This means that we help colleges and universities help you succeed as a first-generation college student. While we do not offer direct support to first-generation students in high school, college, or university, we want to help you navigate and locate more information.