First Generation College Students

Welcome and congratulations on being the first in your family to pursue a college degree! First generation students have a lot to be proud of. Acquiring your bachelor’s degree will provide you with many opportunities for your future. Your dedication, perseverance, resourcefulness, and hard work have helped you make it thus far and will continue to serve you well during your time at the University of Portland and beyond! 

Who Are First Generation College Students?

First Generation (FGEN) students are defined by the University of Portland as those students where neither parent or guardian has earned a four-year college degree. At UP, approximately 20 percent of the student population identifies as a first generation college student.

First Generation Student Ambassadors

First Generation (FGEN) Student Ambassadors lead and coordinate targeted programming opportunities for FGEN students at the University of Portland.  In addition, this position offers a peer mentorship component to freshmen students, creating a new opportunity for FGEN freshmen to connect to FGEN upper class students.  Learn more about the current FGEN program below:

Faculty and students discuss UP's FGEN Program. Courtesy UP Marketing


Chanson Aki - Kapolei, Hawaii - Class of 2021
Business Administration

Learn more about Chanson


Sonny Olguin - Albuquerque, New Mexico - Class of 2021

Learn more about Sonny


Jacquelyn Mangoba - Papaaloa, Hawaii - Class of 2021

Learn more about Jacquelyn


Devonna Begay - Kayenta, Arizona - Class of 2021
Sociology/Criminology Concentration

Learn more about Devonna


Deysi Velador - The Dalles, Oregon - Class of 2020
Nursing, minor in Spanish

Learn more about Deysi

Join us!

Do you identify as a FGEN student? We welcome you to be a part of our FGEN community any time during the school year. Our FGEN community offers academic support and engagement opportunities with others on campus. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about our programs and the opportunities we provide. For more information, please contact Matt Daily, program manager, at or call 503.943.7895.