• What does it mean to be First Gen?



As part of the University of Kentucky’s response to COVID-19 (www.uky.edu/coronavirus), the First-Generation Student Advising staff will be working remotely during regular business hours until further notice. Email will be the best way to reach our staff during this time, with opportunities to set up phone calls and online meetings as needed. We will continue to update our website at https://www.uky.edu/studentservices as we have news related to our programs, services, and events. We look forward to serving our students and families throughout this time, so please do not hesitate to reach out.

What does it mean to be First Gen?

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 230 McVey Hall.


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.