RU First

WeRfirst campaign encourages Rutgers Camden students to take pride in being a first generation college student.  A first-generation college student is defined as someone whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s (4-year) degree.  In Fall 2016, there were 2,800 (55%) first generation college students on the Rutgers-Camden campus.  
The purpose of this webpage is to inform new and continuing students about college and Rutgers Camden resources that are unfamiliar to first generation students. The goal is for first generation college students to build their skills, networks, and feel supported at the Rutgers Camden campus.  
Join the Office of First-Generation Initiative Programs as we celebrate National First-Generation Day (November 8th) with a week long series of events!

Dreams and Donuts


Outside of CLASS Suite (right of elevators)

Armitage Hall, 2nd floor 


We invite all first-generation identifying students to come grab a donut and write down, aka MANIFEST, your personal and career related dreams.  We will use your dreams to create a 1st Gen Mural on the 2nd floor window of Armitage Hall.  




Alpha Alpha Alpha (or Tri-Alpha) is a national honor society that celebrates the academic achievements of first-generation college students. The honor society promotes academic excellence and provides opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, and campus and community service. This information session will provide all the details you need to know about eligibility, applying, and expectations.


Trivia Night



Campus Center, West ABC


Feeling overwhelmed? Join members of Tri-Alpha as they lead a series of minute-to-win-it games in this competitive, fun, stress-relieving event. 


Teaching Kitch Cooking Class



Campus Center, Gourmet Kitchen

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This event will consist of a series of sessions in the Gourmet teaching kitchen. Participants will learn to make fruit smoothies and vegetable stir-fry, as well as learn about nutritional components and the resources gourmet has to offer.  


First-Gen Mixer



Campus Center, MPR

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Rutgers-Camden is comprised of several students, staff, and faculty that identify as first in their family to complete a degree and we want to celebrate! Come enjoy some refreshments while connecting and sharing your experience with fellow first-gen's!


Overcoming Imposter Syndrome



Campus Center, South A


As the first in the family to attend/complete college, you may sometimes experience "Imposter Syndrome" or a feeling that you don't belong in this academic space. Come here from fellow first-gen students as they share their experiences with imposter syndrome and how they have overcome in order to thrive. 


How You Livin' Now?



Campus Center, South BC


Wonder what life is really like after you complete college? This event will feature a panel of first-gen RU-C alum from different fields who will share their experiences post-graduation, as well as tips and resources to help you prepare.