First-Generation Student Network

The First-Generation New Student Network at UW Bothell is a community in which information, support, and resources are provided for first-year and transfer students who self-identify as first-generation. At the University of Washington, a first-generation student is defined as a student whose parents did not obtain a bachelor’s degree and are the first in their immediate family to attend a college or university. Often first-generation students have little or no collegiate history within their family unit. If you’d like a community to help you navigate the academic, financial, career, and social aspects of UWB, we are here for you! If you are a student who would like to join the Network, attend our Husky+ session, “First-Gen Students: The Unique First Perspective,” on August 27th from 12:30 -1:30pm by registering at this link.

There are a number of resources available in the community and at the University of Washington Bothell for students who identify as first-gen. As part of your orientation process, you will have the chance to learn more and connect with this Network and its members.



  • Diversity Center (UW1-173): You will find tons of resources and more importantly a support group here. The husky pantry is also located here, so if you need help with food or any other basic needs this is where you can go collect them with no questions asked.
  • Financial Aid Office (Husky Hall): You can get help with FAFSA or scholarships here. It’s a very popular office, so make sure you book an appointment so you can avoid the wait time.
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center (HaWRC): Through a partnership with the United Way Benefits Hub, we provide students with resource connections, financial coaching, and public benefits enrollment. We are located in the Activities & Resource Center (ARC) building.
  • Career Services: Here you can find on and off campus jobs. If you want someone to read over your resume or have a practice (“mock”) interview this is a place to go.
  • Academic Support Programs: This includes the QSC (Quantitative Skills Center), WaCC (Writing and Communication Center) and the Academic Success Coaching, which provide help for free.
  • The Campus Library: The library lets you check out almost any equipment you need for classes for free. The UW Bothell Information Technology department is located inside the library buildings and also provides technology for students available for checkout for free.
  • Need help registering for classes or creating a schedule or other academic advising assistance? If you aren’t enrolled in a major, visit the First Year & Pre-major Program (FYPP) website more information. If you have already been accepted into your major, reach out to your school advisors directly.


Online Resources:

  • Scholarship: There are multiple scholarships available concentrated just at first gen students, this is just a place to start.
  • FAFSA/WAFSA: Always apply for FAFSA/WAFSA every year. You might be eligible for aid which is pretty much like a scholarship.
  • First Generation College Student Guide: Starting college as a first generation student has its share of challenges. This guide is designed to help students overcome those challenges and succeed in college.