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First-Generation Programs

» Programs

First-Generation Programs are open to all first-generation undergraduate students and are designed to support the engagement, retention and sense of community for first-generation students. Below are some of the programs we offer:

Promising Futures Program

The Promising Futures Program is our flagship program and offers monthly workshops, weekly study sessions, and social events, among other activities. Please see our events page for a list of upcoming programs. You can also sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Instagram for updates on our events. 

Summer Bridge Program

This program is a pre-semester orientation that is designed to support your transition to the university and introduce you to the larger first-generation community. The program involves workshops from campus support services, insight and tips from current first-gen students, community-building activities, and lots of fun.  

First-Gen Homecoming

As part of Chapman University’s annual Homecoming Celebration, we invite all of our first-generation alumni, current students, and their families back to campus for our First-Gen Homecoming Celebration. 

First-Gen Graduation

This graduation ceremony is open to graduating first-gen students, their families and the larger Chapman first-gen community. This important event is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate your journey and success as a first-gen college student. 

We CU! Mentorship Program

The We CU! Mentorship Program is designed to help first-generation students at Chapman make connections with mentors on campus. Mentoring is important and has shown to help first-gen students learn and navigate the university. Mentors can also help support your academic and professional goals. You have the ability to choose student, staff or faculty first-gen mentors who are eager to support you wherever you may find yourself in your college journey.

The We CU! Mentorship Program is a collaborative initiative between First-Generation Programs, the Cross Cultural Center, and the Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience. For more questions email

First-Generation Student Organizations

First-Generation Programs collaborates with and supports the following first-generation student organizations:

  • The First-Generation Mentor Program - This student organization provides mentoring to local first-generation high  school youth
  • First-Gen Ambassadors - This student organization provides peer to peer mentoring to current first-generation students, and host socials for the larger first-gen community.