Did 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. Nationally, first-generation students participate in organizations, undergraduate research, paid internships, and study abroad at lower percentages than continuing-generation students, so explanations and encouragement from faculty and staff about engagement and experiential learning are essential.

First Forward BadgeUNK is a First-gen Forward Institution, recognized and supported by the Center for First-generation Student Success. The First-gen Forward designation recognizes higher education institutions demonstrating a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. 

Our First Generation leadership team identifies and creates student success practices in recruitment and enrollment, transitions and success – and celebrates First-gen accomplishments.

Supporting First-Generation Students at UNK

Supporting First-Generation College Students in the Classroom

Advising First-Gen Students

Samantha Snogren

"The scholarship opportunities at UNK were most important to me. I knew it was an affordable university with all the resources I could possibly need. The professors challenge their students while giving them the tools they need to succeed. I felt that my instructors prepared me for any obstacles I might face in my career. The professors at UNK truly want their students to find a successful career in their field, and I definitely felt that support in the College of Education."

Samantha Snogren

Perkins County School