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First Gens

The First Generation Residential Learning Program (First Gen RLP) is an innovative, collaborative program that serves self-identified, first-generation students during their first year at Carolina. The First Gen RLP provides co-curricular activities, learning spaces, and opportunities to build relationships to supplement and enhance their Carolina experience.

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*All operations and programming are subject to change pending The University’s final decision for the 2021-22 academic year.


Location and size

First Gen houses approximately 40 students on one floor of Hinton James Residence Hall, which is a building dedicated to housing first-year students.

Experiences we offer

Hear from a First Gen RLP Resident Advisor about the experience of being in the RLP. (Video produced by UNC student Olivia Boersma)

Who can join this RLP

Applications for the First Gen RLP is open to students of any major who are in their first year of college and who self-identify as first-generation college students. First-generation refers to being the first person in your family to earn a college degree.

What we’re about

The First Gen RLP empowers residents to:

  • Thrive academically, socially and emotionally
  • Develop the attitudes, behaviors, and perspectives of successful students
  • Build a support network of peers and mentors
    Effectively engage with the campus community

Goal 1: Students will build community with other first-generation college students as well as faculty and staff members.

Goal 2: Students will set academic and personal goals that align with their interests and strengths.

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