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

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