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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

Blue Abroad: UK Students Explore University of Cambridge

A group of 15 UK students is seeing blue across the pond this summer. In a course designed specifically for first-generation students, students who are the first in their families to attend...

Blue Abroad: Touring the Chelsea Football Club

Fifteen first-generation University of Kentucky students are seeing blue across the Atlantic this summer. In a course designed specifically for first-generation students, the group is exploring...

Blue Abroad: First-Gen Students Blog From London

A group of 15 first-generation University of Kentucky students is seeing blue across the pond this summer. In a course designed specifically for students who are the first in their families to...

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