First To Go

F‌irst To Go Community

FTG Group Photo 2015

With First To Go, you're the first to know!  At Loyola Marymount University, First To Go is not just another academic program, but also a family!

Do you identify as a first-generation college student?  Join the larger First to Go community any time during the semester.  The community provides both a source of academic support and engagement opportunities for students who are "first-generation college students,” which is defined at LMU as a student whose parents have not completed a bachelor's degree in the United States. 

First To Go’s mission is to help first generation students’ transition into college by introducing them to a network of fellow first-generation peers, faculty, professional staff, and alumni mentors. Students are provided with opportunities to integrate themselves in the academic life of the university and encourage their development of social capital through campus-wide activities and events coordinated by our student e-board and class representatives. Please visit our Calendar of Events for more information on upcoming programming.

First To Go also sponsors the Scholars’ Program, which is separate from the First To Go Community and offers an engaging academic experience for a limited number of incoming freshmen; a writing workshop for first generation students, where students work with professional staff to compose, present, and publish their personal narratives; a peer-reviewed journal of creative and critical scholarship on the first-generation college experience; and several co-curricula immersion experiences, such as our Job Shadow that follows first generation faculty and staff, Alternative Breaks, and Study Abroad programs.

We invite you to browse our website to learn more about our program and the services we provide. For more information, please contact or call (310) 338-7677.   

Campus Partnerships include: Academic Community of Excellence (ACE), Career and Professional Development (CPD), Department of Chicana/o Studies, Center for Service and Action (CSA), Ethnic and Intercultural Services (EIS), First Year Experience (FYE), William H. Hannon Library, Off-Campus Student Life, Office of Undergraduate Education, Residence Life, and Student Psychological Services.

We would like to thank the anonymous donor who has continued to fund our program.

If you would like to help support First To Go: 

1. Visit the LMU Giving Site
2. Click "Give to areas of your choice" and select "Other." 
3. Write "First To Go" in the Additional Gift Instructions field. 

We appreciate your donations!