Nevada First in the Pack Program

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Nevada First in the Pack is a program designed to help first-generation college students succeed in obtaining a college degree. First-generation students are students in families where neither parent has graduated from a 4-year college or university.

Being a first-generation scholar is a unique and proud accomplishment. The University of Nevada, Reno wants to be part of the journey. Become immersed in the college experience by involving yourself with other students from similar backgrounds. The First in the Pack program is open to incoming first-time, full-time freshmen.

First in the Pack students

Program Benefits:

  • Peer mentor support
  • Expanded fall retreat
  • NEW! Spring retreat
  • Help managing your academic life
  • Enrollment and financial aid support
  • Expanded Summer Support
  • Events & Socials to support networking
  • Career exploration
  • Assistance navigating campus resources
  • Support in transitioning to college
  • Help managing time and money
  • FAFSA assistance and scholarships
  • Assistance in solving college problems
  • Academic progress reports to identify needs
  • Major exploration
  • Exclusive access to college workshops
  • ACE 100 course exclusive to First in the Pack Students  


As a participant in the Nevada First in the Pack program, you will receive all these services at no cost to you! If you would like to participate in our program, please fill out the online application.

For questions, please contact:

Desirae Acosta, Retention Coordinator
Pennington Student Achievement Center, Suite 450, MS 0075
Reno, NV 89557
(p)775.682.8944; (f) 775.784.1353

Useful Links:

Program Expectations

Nevada First in the Pack Retreat Information

Nevada First in the ACE 100 Information

Nevada First in the Pack Program Application

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UNR Campus Resources

Nevada First in the Pack Workshops

Scholarship Tips and Links

Meet the Nevada First in the Pack Staff