First Generation Students

The University Counseling Center (UCC) recognizes the unique challenges first generation students may experience. We also recognize the strengths that got you to Notre Dame, including your motivation, self-efficacy, independence, and tenacity, which will help you to adjust and create your own college experience. The UCC is dedicated to celebrating each first generation student’s unique background and story, highlighting your strengths and accomplishments, overcoming barriers together, enhancing your sense of connection and belonging on campus, and building your belief in yourself and your capabilities. We are here to listen, support you, and problem solve with you, as well as direct you to additional campus resources if needed. 

Campus Resources

  • Office of Student Enrichment 
    The Office of Student Enrichment helps to acclimate and adjust students to a collegiate environment, and aims to promote an environment of economic inclusivity that empowers students to thrive within the Notre Dame community.
  • Care and Wellness Consultants
    Care and Wellness Consultants are available to assist with problem solving and help to connect students to resources that support their ability to succeed. Care and Wellness Consultants typically meet with a student, help them to identify their greatest areas of concern, refer them to resources, and follow up with ongoing support.
  • Transformational Leadership Program
    The Transformational Leaders Program endeavors to support some of the highest potential undergraduate students with a comprehensive portfolio of services and opportunities to enhance their Notre Dame experience.

National Resources