First Generation Living Learning Community

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The First-Generation Living Learning Community

The First-Generation Living Learning Community provides a sense of community for new Longhorns who identify as first-generation (first-gen) college students by creating an engaging living environment for new Longhorns.

This community is designed to build a support system among first-gen students with the guidance of peer leaders, staff and faculty. We also join in celebrating each student’s journey and successes. 

Living Learning Community 

The First-Generation Living Learning Community is a home for students who identify as a first-generation college student, meaning that neither of the students’ parent(s) or guardian(s) has a four-year degree or higher from a college or university within the U.S. The space is also reserved for new, first-time-in-college students.

View frequently asked questions about the First-Generation Living Learning Community.

Program Elements

Students that are part of the First-Generation Living Learning Community will participate with the following:

  • Live in the Jester West Residence Hall with the rest of the students in the First-Generation LLC, to create peer connections and build community
  • Attend monthly meetings, socials and Austin field trips
  • Meet regularly with a UT Austin faculty/staff mentor who also identifies as a first-generation graduate
  • Meet monthly with LLC Alumni Peer Leader
  • Attend additional programming: fall retreat, first-generation college celebration week, guest speakers, student panels, service learning and more! 


The First-Generation Living Learning Community will be located in Jester West Residence Hall. You may find the range of features and review amenities by visiting the Jester West Residence Hall webpage.

Application Process

After completing the UT Housing Application, students can apply for their spot in the First-Generation LLC by filling out this form by May 17, 2024

Space is limited, so students are encouraged to complete both applications as early as possible! First-Gen LLC decisions are made on a rolling basis; therefore, students can be notified as early as mid-April.

First-Gen LLC Projects: National First-Generation College Celebration Day


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Contact Us

Kayleigh Damphousse

Assistant Director of Transition Initiatives

Dionicia Berrones

Transition Programming Specialist

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