First Gen at KU

WELCOMe to the golden bear family!

First Generation Students at Kutztown University

Two Kutztown University first-gen students give advice to other first-gen students on what to know and how to best prepare for college.

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.

First Gen Special Interest Housing Option

Incoming Freshmen now have the option to live the First Gen Special Interest Housing option here at KU! This housing option is focused on celebrating and support first-gen students here at KU. This housing option gives students a sense of community and belonging while providing them with academic workshops and social events. 

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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