I'm First Guide to College BadgeWith nearly 50 percent of the class of 2026 identifying as first-generation, or the first in their family to attend college, Regis’ efforts to prioritize first-generation student success have been recognized by UStrive.org’s 2023 I’m First! Guide to College, a comprehensive college guidebook designed to help low-income, first-generation students make college a reality.

“As a university that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, Regis is committed to making our community a place where first-generation students can thrive through supportive services. We are pleased that Regis’ efforts to warmly welcome and serve first-generation students have been recognized by the 2023 I’m First! Guide to College,” said Regis College President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN.

Regis has also been nationally recognized as a NASPA First-gen Forward institution for its commitment to first-generation student success. The university offers several programs designed to support the nearly 30 percent of first-generation undergraduate students at the university and enhance their experience. These programs include:

  • Partners in Excellence (PIE), a mentoring initiative that provides personal guidance and support to first-year students of color and first-generation students through the assignment of trained peer, faculty, staff, and graduate mentors. PIE helps close achievement gaps and build a sense of belonging at Regis.
  • The annual First-Gen Pride Week celebrates the first-generation college student identity through various programming efforts. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to share their first-generation student story in an annual photo campaign.