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First Generation Initiatives

Our vision & mission

The mission of the Office of First Generation Initiatives is to support first generation students at the University of Kentucky from recruitment to graduation through research based programs, resources, best practices and campus wide advocacy about the needs of students who are the first in their families to go to college.


As a member of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence, we accomplish this mission by advocating for first generation students within their colleges and collaborating with the Division of Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Institutional Diversity, and Division of Undergraduate Education. Our goal is to increase first generation student retention and graduation levels to match those of continuing generation students at the University of Kentucky.