First-Generation Student Resources

This is not an exhaustive or final list of resources. We are continually adding and improving the list, and we welcome any suggestions for additions, changes, and edits from the community. Please feel free to email Angelica Mishra, Assistant to the Chief Diversity Officer, at with your thoughts.

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Students participate in First-Gen Fest!

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Our hope is to meet students where they are in their journey, engage them in our diverse campus, and support their personal and academic success. Kindness matters. Respect matters.

Christine Price, Director of LGBTQ+ Resource Center and Women's Center

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

  • Individualized Attention                   • 3-Credit Success Course
  • Academic & Personal Support         • Learning Community
  • Peer Mentoring                                  • Cultural & Social Events

Visit the TRIO website here!

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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.

Visit the First Gen at KU website here!

on-campus resources

There are many on campus resources that are dedicated to helping first generation students succeed! Students are always welcome at offices such as the Career Development Center, Inclusion Centers, Disability Services Office, and much more.

online resources

Information regarding scholarships, schools, and Q&A: