Celebrate being a first generation student

In this community, you will have the opportunity to develop close relationships with your peers who also identify as first-generation, connect with faculty and staff who are personally invested in your success and learn about resources and programs designed specifically for you.

At the University of Iowa, first-generation students are those students who do not have a parent or guardian who has completed a four-year degree. About one in five students are first-generation at Iowa.

This Living Learning Community requires students to take an academic course connected to the community. You will be pre-enrolled in the LLC course, which will be included in your academic schedule prior to summer orientation.

Community details

Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

This community is open to any student who identifies as: first-generation 

Mechail H.
"Coming to the University of Iowa as a first-generation college student was challenging in the beginning. By joining this LLC, I was easily able to connect with campus resources that have helped me succeed. Additionally, I’ve been able to make friends with other students in this community who also identify as first-generation. The support that I have received in this community has helped me excel both in and out of the classroom."
Mechail H.
Jaedon V.
"Joining this LLC has given me a chance to get involved and take part in many learning experiences on the University of Iowa campus. As a first generation student, I was able to take courses and programs relating to college finances and time management, that complimented my community experience. I know the courses and friendships that I have made have set me up for success."
Jaedon V.

Locations for 2022-23

Why Living Learning Communities?

Learn from others and enhance your residence hall experience.

Community courses

Analysis and critique to discover, question, explain, and justify positions and claims made in writing and speaking; reading and listening to comprehend and assess arguments; employment of rhetorical concepts (e.g., purpose, audience); understanding research as responsible inquiry for speaking and writing; special topics, activities.

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Community contact

Madison Schulte

Madison Schulte

Graduate fellow for LLCs
Hall coordinator Katie "Kit" Westermeyer

Kit Westermeyer

Hall coordinator

Campus partners

A campus partner is a faculty or staff member on the University of Iowa campus that is passionate about the community and who meets regularly with a designated LLC team. These individuals guide the learning component of the community, may teach the course in common and can help connect you to various resources across campus.

Angie Lamb