FIRST@DU is an area within DU Student Affairs dedicated to helping Pathways program, first-generation, minoritized, and other underrepresented students succeed. Our targeted services provide an array of opportunities for these students to build support through community activities, mentorships, academic workshops, resource referrals, leadership development, scholarship assistance, and more. From one-time workshops to years-long support initiatives, FIRST@DU strives to equip our students with the tools they need to make the most of their DU experience.
1GENU and E-STEM applications have closed for the 23-24 academic year.
Student Success Programs
FIRST@DU targeted Student Success Programs are designed to help underrepresented student groups overcome systemic marginalization, succeed academically, and stay on track toward graduation.
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Transitioning to college life is a major life step that can be daunting for any student. That's why our Pre-College Programs begin at the high school level, giving students the head start they need to navigate this transition with confidence.
- VIP: Volunteers in Partnership
- VIP: Summer Link
- Black Women Lead
- Black Male Initiative Summit (BMIS)
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FIRST@DU has a residence floor located in Dimond Family Residence Village (DFRV) exclusively for scholars participating in the 1GENU, Volunteers in Partnership (VIP), and Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (E-STEM) programs. Some Resident Advisors are also active FIRST@DU participants, promoting programs and events, and helping students to navigate DU and thrive.
DACA and Undocumented Students
The University of Denver seeks to cultivate a welcoming and supportive community, committed to offering a world-class education to all people, free from discrimination of any kind. This includes discrimination based on immigration status. For students with undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration status, FIRST@DU offers a collection of resources and programs to help you succeed.
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At FIRST@DU, we realize affordability is the single greatest driver of unequal access to education. That's why we work hard to uncover every available scholarship opportunity for our students, helping bring the cost of college within reach.