First Year Program

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The UNK First Year Program office develops and implements a coordinated program to foster the success of all first-year students in their transition to college. First Year Program works with many academic and student departments to offer opportunities for students to learn how to take responsibility for their own education, to develop a sense of belonging to the UNK community, and develop Loper Pride.

Office Mission

The First Year Program engages and supports new students as they transition to UNK life through a network of resources, including social and academic programs.

Experiences offered through the First Year Program office include:

  • New Student Enrollment Days: Summer orientation for new students where they will register for classes and learn more about UNK with their families.

  • Transfer Days: Orientation days spread throughout the year to accommodate our transfer students. These days are focused on registering for classes and getting the student, and their family acquainted with campus. 

  • Blue and Gold Welcome: Events and activities focused on the first year student during the beginning of the fall semester. Events encourage new students to become familiar with and get involved in academics and student life within the UNK and Kearney Community. Signature events include: Freshman Convocation & Orientation, The Blue Gold Showcase, Chancellors Picnic, Mud Tug, and other exciting programs.

  • Jan Jam: Events and activities at the beginning of the spring semester to continue to engage our first year students, but to also welcome our new students.

  • FIRST Leaders: A student organization dedicated to building leadership development in first year students, while also focusing on service learning by partnering with the United Way of Kearney. FIRST Leaders for FUTURE Leaders.

  • FIRST Adventure: An opportunity to get to know fellow first year students prior to school starting. These students will spend one day and one night on the UNK campus as well as one day and two nights on an ADVENTURE. The camp is focused on getting to know UNK, getting to know fellow students, but also getting to know yourself. Applications can be found on our website, and must be submitted by the end of June.

  • End of semester celebrations & other First Year events: The office of First Year programs is dedicated to making students’ first year at UNK a fulfilling one. We will provide targeted programming throughout the year to help keep our students educated, engaged, and entertained.