UMBC defines a First-Generation Student as a student whose parent has not completed a 4 yr college degree.  If this applies to you, this is the place for you. There are several ways to get involved and build connections.

Through programming dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to connect, the First Gen Network is supported by caring UMBC faculty and staff who also identify as first-gen college students. The network is not only for students at the Main campus, but also for First-Gen students enrolled at Shady Grove.

Some ways you can connect and stay informed of opportunities are:

myUMBC First-Gen Network Page –

First Gen Network Mailing List –

Calendar of Events –

Trailblazers Student Org at Universities at Shady Grove – (specifically for students enrolled at the Shady Grove Campus)

Instagram – @umbcfirstgen


Twitter – @UMBC_IAmFirst