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Gen-1 Program Giving Initiatives

Gen-1 is a groundbreaking University of Cincinnati program that is the Nations’ first living-learning community to focus on first-generation college students. The Gen-1 Theme House is a residence hall providing students with a structured environment in which to live, learn, and work.

Housed in the Division of Student Affairs, the Gen-1 Program helps first-generation, Pell-eligible students’ transition from high school into college, increasing their likelihood of successfully completing their freshman year and earning a degree. By helping these students to achieve academic, personal, and social success, this program transforms lives and enhances our community.

The Gen-1 Residential Scholarship provides the following to students who are accepted into the program:

Freshman Year: ½ residence hall fee of a double occupancy room and an unlimited meal plan
Sophomore Year: ½ residence hall fee of a double occupancy room and 65 meal plan
Junior and above: ½ residence hall fee of a double occupancy room and 36 meal plan


The Gen-1 Non-Residential Scholarship provides a $2500.00 per year to upperclassmen Gen-1 students living off-campus.

All Gen-1 students agree to an Ambassador Contract, abiding by procedures outlined in UC student and housing codes of conduct.  The contract includes committing to all mandatory advising, tutoring and study sessions, abiding by a curfew and observing evening and overnight quiet hours to maximize study time. Students must commit to earning a minimum GPA of 2.70 per academic semester and strive to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00. They must also agree to work no more than 20 hours a week when classes are in session.

Program supports include advising, mentoring, individual and small-group tutoring, voluntary and mandatory study sessions, frequent monitoring of student academic performance, social activities, professional counseling and guidance. Additionally, each First-Year student enrolls in the year-long Success Strategies course (2-credit hours in the Fall and 1-credit hour in the Spring), and as Sophomores enroll in the Professionalism and Purpose course (3-credit hours) in the Fall semester.  Gen-1 courses are facilitated through Professional Practice and Experiential Learning (ProPEL:

Top Program Needs:
  1. Student Support for Scholarship, Residence Costs, and Meals Plans
  2. Internships
  3. Upperclassmen- Healthy Eating Support

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Contact Information

Suzette Combs
(513) 556-3324