RU First-Gen

A first-generation student is one whose parents or guardians do not have a bachelor’s degree from the United States. The percentage of first-generation students Regis’ campus has been steadily growing and we are so pleased.  In 2023, 42 percent of our incoming class identified as First-Gen! First-generation students bring a wealth of experiences, knowledge and persistence to our campus. We are blessed by the collaborative ways first-generation students lead, learn, share and elevate the entire Regis community.

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RU First-Gen? These Programs are for You!

We offer high-impact programs to support first-generation students as they transition into Jesuit higher education. Read the descriptions below to explore our programs. Not sure which programs are right for you? Check out this comparison table that breaks down all the details in an easy-to-read format.

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Summer Bridge

Application Deadline: July 25
Summer Bridge is an integrated student success and leadership development program that includes an overnight on-campus experience from Aug. 11-17, an outdoor education experience from Aug. 17-21, a credit-based program for skill building during the fall semester, and an ongoing schedule of check-ins and fellowship throughout the first year. It is a great way to meet your people, build your community, grow your skills and thrive at Regis! An application is required, so get started today!

students, faculty and staff wearing their regalia line up in the hallway during a ceremony for the RU First Program in Claver Hall

RU First Program

Application Deadline: June 28
The RU First Program is a four-year, credit-based academic and scholarship program that helps first-gen students create community connections; practice accessing academic support resources; develop leadership skills; and navigate the complexities of higher education. Last year, the RU First Program supported 52 first-gen students in achieving their academic and career goals with leadership seminars, peer and faculty mentoring and almost $50,000 in scholarships. For more information, email Dr. Jason Taylor at

first-gen students and a yellow lab sit in a classroom during a meeting of their ILC in Loyola Hall

First-Gen Integrated Learning Community

Application Deadline: July 30
The Integrated Learning Communities (ILCs) are cohort-based communities of students with shared interests, affinity, and/or experiences who seek to deepen in their understanding. The First Gen ILC welcomes both residential and commuter students and is paired with a 5-week, credit-based, strategies class and co-curricular opportunities to explore identity, story, gifts and graces. ILCs share a communal location on campus where some members of the ILC live. To learn more about the First Gen ILC, and express your interest, please email and we will send you information. Also, be sure to share your interest with your academic advisor during your Summer Advising meeting!

a group of 1LEADS first-gen students poses for a photo beneath a blue and gold balloon arch

1LEADS First-Gen Student Affinity Group

No Application Required, Join Any Time
1LEADS welcomes first-generation college students to Regis University through on-campus activities, speaker series, and social gatherings. Students will have the opportunity to build community with other first-gen students, connect with faculty and staff, and learn about valuable academic and campus resources. By addressing the unique characteristics of this population and the intersectional identities that exist within, the goal of 1LEADS is to reduce barriers and catapult students to a successful college experience. 1LEADS is led by a strong team of student leaders. To join 1LEADS, go to the Campus Groups app and use your Regis email to log in and follow us. You can also find us on Instagram at ru_firstgen!