First Forward Recognition BadgeDid you know that 4 in 10 UNK students are first generation? A first generation student is one whose parents have not completed a bachelor's degree. It can be daunting for first-gen students to navigate their way in higher education, but we are here to support you. Many UNK faculty and staff were also among the first in their families to complete a degree.

Together let's break down boundaries, help you connect and thrive on campus, and finish your degree to launch a successful career.


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First-Gen Trailblazer Academy

The First Gen Trailblazer Academy is a week-long practice run before fall classes start for first-generation college students. It is designed to get students off to the best possible start and boost their confidence as they transition to college.

Dado Castillo

I am a first-generation student and UNK makes it easy to get the help you need. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is the biggest reason I am here with their support and a scholarship. Professors have your best interest and the education is amazing. It is a smooth transition when you come here and find a second home

Dado Castillo

History Education Major

Be First. Be Proud.

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It's a Milestone

Change the direction of your life and future generations of your family.


Higher Income

Over a lifetime, bachelor degree holders earn $1 Million more than those with a high school diploma.*


More Opportunities

By 2028, there will be 19 Million jobs unfilled due to the lack of educated workers to fill them.*

*U.S. Dept of Labor and U.S. Dept of Education