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Students from any major who are first gen (neither parent has a 4-year degree) and interested in opportunities to increase their college success.

Going Garnet, Choosing First-Generation

Housing Application Tips For New Students

The Housing application is open from February 15 until May 3, which allows plenty of time to complete the Housing application.  Be sure to take your time and be thoughtful in your answers to the supplemental application questions.  These questions are reviewed by the Faculty Director and determine which students are selected into the First-Generation LLC.

Once you have been accepted to First-Gen LLC, you will have the opportunity in June to select your room via the online room selection process.

Want to know more about the complete housing application?  Discover more on our applying to University Housing page.


What Makes This Community Different

This community helps build a meaningful support system as you transition to college life at Carolina.

  • You'll have the opportunity to develop close relationships with your peers who also identify as first-generation.
  • Connect with faculty and staff who are personally invested in your success.
  • Learn about resources and programs designed specifically for you. 


Vision Statement

The First-Generation Living and Learning Community (LLC) provides an inclusive space where students can engage in intellectual exchange and conversation. The LLC fosters a sense of belonging in an environment where individuals of all identities, unique backgrounds, and experiences are believed, cared for, and feel empowered to advance social change.


Mission Statement

The mission of the First-Generation Living & Learning Community is to empower first-gen students by fostering a supportive empowered residential community that provides personalized opportunities for academic, civic, social, and career success. We achieve this through meaningful relationships with faculty and staff, tailored programming, intentional mentorship and resources, and access to experiential learning opportunities.


Take Classes With Your Peers

The University of South Carolina created the University 101 classes to help make the transition to college life as smooth as possible for first-year students. You will learn a lot of useful skills for acclimating to your new life and, with special sections taught in the Maxcy Classroom, you'll have an unmatched opportunity to meet other First-Gen Living and Learning Community students.

Visit the First-Generation Center Website

Learn more about the First-Generation Center at USC.


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