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

Cristina Prado

As a first-generation student, I was looking for guidance on how to navigate my undergraduate career and I wanted to connect more with my culture. By joining Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., a multicultural sorority at UNK, I was able to surround myself with strong Latina women and build a strong support network that has helped me throughout the last four years.

Cristina Prado

Business Administration - Accounting