First Gen at KU

First Generation College Student Community at KU

Hear some advice from two KU first generation college students and learn about President Dr. Ken Hawkinson's journey as a first generation college student.

A First Generation College Student (FGCS) is a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university.  Being a first-generation student means many things, including getting to create a legacy to live on in your family. Being first is something to take pride in and celebrate.

While at KU, it is important to take advantage of the Resources here on campus. If college language is new to you, taking a look at the KU Glossary will be extremely helpful as well.

TRIO Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services is a federally funded program that assists students in reaching their post-secondary academic goals.

Share your story with us!

If you are a Student or Faculty member, you can submit your first gen story today!

We recognize that you might have a lot of questions and encourage you to ask away. No question is too little, too big, and all are relevant towards enhancing your unique experience and journey.

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