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Supporting First-Generation Students

Something worth celebrating

Being a first-generation student can feel isolating, but know at UW-Eau Claire that you're not alone. In fact, 28% of all Blugolds on campus are first-generation students. We aim to support and celebrate our students for their incredible accomplishments, including attending a four-year university! 

Be proud of who you are

Campus Resources

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Student Success Center

The name really says it all — tutoring, help with writing, math lab and services for students with disabilities under the same umbrella office. Get the support that can help you make the most out of your education.

The tools for success

Blugold Central

We're here to help you take care of the business of being a student! At Blugold Central you'll find information on tasks related to registration and classes, financial aid and paying bills, parking, and much more.

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Student Support Services

A federal TRIO grant funds our Student Support Services, a program designed to offer essential support to first generation and students from underrepresented groups and those with disabilities.

Help that makes a difference

UW-Eau Claire helped me accomplish the dream of earning my bachelor’s degree as a first-generation college student.

Kelsey Cramer Communication Sciences and Disorders

First-Generation Success

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First-generation students, graduates are diverse group

UW-Eau Claire is home to many first-gen faculty, staff and students.

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Cliff Hayes

Excelling as a soldier, student

Growing up surrounded by relatives who proudly served their country, Cliff Hayes knew by age 5 that he, too, would someday join the military. Hayes never imagined that he also would become the first in his family to go to college.

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Miranda Ricci is building stronger connections with her new campus and introducing future Blugolds to UW-Eau Claire through her work with campus ambassadors.

Overcoming obstacles, embracing opportunities

A first-generation college student, Miranda Ricci had a lot to learn about navigating higher education. She has found the people and resources she needs to thrive, first at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County and now at UW-Eau Claire.

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