Campus Connections residents meets with Chancellor Howard Gillman
Campus Connections residents meets with Chancellor Howard Gillman

Campus Connections for First Generation College Students
A Middle Earth Theme Hall Community

A First-Generation college student is someone whose parents/guardians did not earn a four-year degree. Your hard work has earned you a place at UCI, but not everyone comes in with the same support system. Students with parents who have at least a bachelor’s degree, have an at-home academic advisor/career counselor/voice-of-experience, when it comes to finding their way around campus—especially one as big as UCI.

Campus Connections is specially designed to provide support to First-Generation students with the transition to college life so you can thrive at UCI. We want all of our students at UCI to have the same opportunities, the same chance to make their UCI experience what they dreamed it would be. While every student deserves to be here, each student has not received the same level of preparation on the road to UCI. Our goal is for Campus Connections to be a place where you feel you belong—a community where you feel welcome and safe to ask any question. We want to demystify the college experience for you and make sure you know you have a place to turn for help and support. You are not alone!

Campus Connections for First-Generation residents will also receive communication over the summer providing resources to support you and the people who support you prepare for and make the most of the college experience.

A University Studies Class (1.3 credit hours, Pass/No Pass) called “Foundations for Success” will be offered each quarter as an option to help you with the transition to college.

  • Fall Quarter: academic success (test taking, study skills, Gallup’s StrengthsFinder, etc.).
  • Winter Quarter: career development (resume writing, interviewing, etiquette dinner, how to job search using social media, etc.).
  • Spring Quarter: planning the rest of your college career (internships, study abroad, research, how to turn recipes into groceries, how to manage a budget, etc.).

***Spaces in these classes are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

In collaboration with the Writing Program, the Chemistry Department and Biological Sciences, Campus Connections for First-Generation residents will have the opportunity participate in common class sections—seats in these classes/discussion sections will be held just for you!

  • Fall 2016
    • CHEM 1A
      • Sponsorship to LARC for twice-weekly tutoring in chemistry.
    • BIO SCI 93
      • Sponsorship to LARC for twice-weekly tutoring in BIO SCI
    • WRITING 37
    • WRITING 39A
  • Winter 2017
    • CHEM 1B
      • Sponsorship to LARC for twice-weekly tutoring in chemistry.
    • BIO SCI 94
      • Sponsorship to LARC for twice-weekly tutoring in BIO SCI
    • WRITING 39B
  • Spring 2017
    • CHEM 1C
      • Sponsorship to LARC for twice-weekly tutoring in chemistry.
    • WRITING 39C

***Spaces in the common classes (CHEM, Writing, BIO SCI) and LARC tutoring are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Dean of Undergraduate Education, Dr. Michael Dennin, and Dr. Anita Casavantes Bradford (Chicano/Latino Studies and History) are working with a group of faculty and staff who are really excited to provide mentoring and support for first-generation students! We will be partnering with them to provide some wonderful opportunities to establish relationships and foster those mentor-mentee relationships through hall dinners and other events.

Academic support and tutoring will be offered in areas such as Chemistry, Math, Physics, Writing and Biological Sciences.

In partnership with Student Affairs, Academic Advising, LARC (Learning Academic Resource Center), Student Support Services and the Division of Undergraduate Education, grades, class schedules and student feedback will be used to customize services and support you as you navigate through your first year of college.