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First Generation Initiatives

Being 1G

Being a first generation (1G) college student means neither of your parents earned a Bachelor's degree, regardless of siblings and other relatives. The Office of First Generation Initiatives was created in 2011 by the Provost to lead campus wide efforts to recruit, retain and graduate more first generation students at the University of Kentucky. We are housed in the Two One Seven (217 Funkhouser). 

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Get Involved

Join the Student Organization

In 2009, students formed The First Generation Student Organization at the University of Kentucky. The FGSO is designed to support, educate, and promote the needs of students who are the first in their families to go to college. Join our group on Facebook: First Generation Student Organization at UK.

Share your 1G story

Were you a first generation college student? We would love to hear your story. Who inspired you to attend college? What resources have you used on your road to success? What are the challenges you have faced? Contact Matthew Deffendall (matthew.deffendall@uky.edu) if you would like to share your story.  View all 1G stories here.

Research Resource

A guide to the research literature and other sources of information about first generation college students with a focus on four-year undergraduate and graduate school experiences.

1G News

1G in London
First Generation students "see blue." in London

Whe N'Deyah Belle, Brandon King, and Abel Rodriguez first set foot on the University of Kentucky campus, they had one thing in common: they were each the first person in their families to go to...

First Generation Students at Underground Railroad Museum
College of Communication and Information Sends First Generation Classes on Underground Railroad Excursion

A group of 36 University of Kentucky students, part of first generation sections of the CIS 110 course, “Composition and Communication I,” recently took a journey through time, and through the...

IdeaFestival
UK Students Attend IdeaFestival

Some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators are in downtown Louisville this week for the annual IdeaFestival (IF), which runs through Friday at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts...

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