U- First is a support program designed to provide personal, and academic support to first-generation undergraduate students at the University of South Florida. Its mission is to provide programs and activities that enhance students' opportunities to attain their education and career objectives. Utilizing established partnerships with programs, departments and colleges, U-First helps the university to create an atmosphere of collaboration, mutual respect, and trust for its students, faculty and staff. The program's holistic approach to student development helps students to persist and graduate. This program contributes significantly to the university's commitment to create an environment of intellectual excellence and a culturally diverse academic community.
- Discover: Self-inquiry of skills, strengths, and abilities
- Develop: Cultivate strengths, skills, and abilities by challenge and support as they encounter barriers
- Empower: Increase participant's confidence, self-esteem, problem solving and goal setting skills, and networking abilities