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Click Apply Now to complete the interest form.  An application for camp to be completed by a parent/guardian will follow.

First-Gen High School Summer Camp

Click Apply Now to complete the interest form. An application for camp to be completed by a parent/guardian will follow.

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Will you be a first-generation college student?

If your parent(s) or guardian(s) do not have a Bachelor's degree (four-year degree), then you would be a first-generation college student!

Being first-gen can seem daunting, but you are not alone!  There are about 4,480 first-generation students and a lot of helpful resources for you at WKU.  This summer, join a group of other high school students who will be first-generation Hilltoppers to explore some essentials of college life!

Click Apply Now to complete the interest form.  An application for camp to be completed by a parent/guardian will follow.


For sophomores, juniors, and seniors


Free Registration


Camp Dates are June 2-5                  
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Sunday, June 2, from 1-3 pm     Campers check-in and receive residence hall assignment.
Sunday Evening, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Morning   A full schedule with a variety of interactive activities, presentations, group social time, and shared meals!
Wednesday, June 5, from 12:30-2:30 pm   Closing Reception, Parents/Guardians Invited!  Let us know how many will attend when you complete your application.
Wednesday, June 5, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm   Campers check out.

Housing and meals are included in the camp at no cost.

The group will eat all meals together, most at the The Fresh Food Company @ Downing Student Union (DSU), where there are many choices: fruits, salads, vegetables, sandwiches, meats, desserts, and beverages, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Some meals will be ordered from local restaurants (pizza, for example). Alternative meal options will be provided to meet dietary needs. Please let the Camp Coordinator know of any dietary restrictions so accommodations can be made.

Campers will stay in Southwest Hall, which is centrally located on campus.  Each camper will have an individual room unless they choose to share with one roommate.

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Housing Supervision & Safety: Trained Male camp counselors will be staying in rooms in the designated male wing/floor. Trained Female camp counselors will be staying in rooms in the designated female wing/floor. To ensure the safety of all campers there will be a set lights out time each night where all campers must stay in their dorm rooms until morning (emergencies being the only exception). Under no circumstances are male campers allowed to go to female wing/floor or female campers allowed to go to the male wing/floor. In addition to camp counselors staying on site with campers – the camp coordinator, a representative from the WKU Housing and residence life, and the WKU Police are available 24/7.

Learn Together!Engage with Staff and Students

Campers will participate alongside a group of other first-generation students, hear each other's questions, and share the journey! 

Camp staff will include WKU faculty, staff, and current students who will be able to share information about the transition to college from a variety of perspectives.  Sessions will be provided by professionals who work directly with financial aid, advising, and more. 

Destiny O'RourkeDawn WintersMarko Dumancic

Join us for an opportunity to get a taste of what college life might look like for you. The camp will be a mix of skill building, information sharing, and social activities and will be interactive and hands-on throughout.  Camp sessions will include:

  • teambuilding and exploration of personal strengths,
  • hands-on, customized financial aid information,
  • application and admissions process,
  • exploration of campus, and
  • learning about college essentials.

Learning about CollegeLearning about CollegeInteractive

The F1rst Gen initiative is designed to provide connection and highlight resources to help students meet and overcome challenges as they Climb the Hill.  The initiative includes targeted activities, scholarship opportunities, and faculty, staff, and alumni first-gen advocates.  Follow the links to see more information!

What to bring:

    • Alarm clock
    • Blanket, sheets (twin extra-long sheets), pillowcase, pillow, and clothes hangers; sleeping bags and flat sheets to wrap the mattress are also options
    • Towels, washcloths, soap, shampoo, shower shoes, etc.
    • Comfortable shoes for walking on campus
    • Umbrella and raincoat in the event of rain. Walking on campus will occur regardless of the weather.
    • Sunscreen (optional -there will not be significant time outside.)
    • Water Bottle
    • Optional: Camera, cell phone and cell phone charger, laptop/tablet, laptop/tablet charger
    • Casual clothes
    • Optional: Snacks for dorm (no nuts)– snacks and drinks will be provided in evenings
    • Optional: Spending Money (housing, activities, meals, and snacks will be provided; students may wish to purchase items from the WKU Store or vending machines)
  • What NOT to bring:
    • Candles, fireworks, incense, lighters, matches
    • Televisions
    • Electronic entertainment or Gaming devices of any kind
    • Video game consoles, Blu-ray, DVD, or Video players
    • Laser pointers
    • Food products that contain nuts
    • Tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, vape products
    • Expensive items (jewelry, etc.)
    • High caffeine or energy drinks
    • Bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards,
    • Knives or weapons of any kind
    • Toys that are like weapons such as nerf guns, plastic swords, and water pistols
    • Anything potentially dangerous or distracting

Code of Conduct

·        As a camper in the WKU First-Gen High School Summer Camp at WKU, I agree that I am subject to the supervision and authority of the faculty, staff, and counselors in charge. I understand that standards of conduct will be stipulated by the staff, faculty, and counselors. I agree to abide by these standards and conduct myself in a manner that will make my family, community members, and school proud. I know that to get the most out of the camp experience, I need to direct my positive energy toward learning in the sessions and participating in the activities outside the sessions.
·        I understand that I am expected to treat others respectfully. 
·        I understand that staff discretion will apply if there is any question about appropriateness of my clothing.
·        I agree to use the internet in sessions only as directed by camp staff, reveal no personal information (name, phone number, address, etc.), and neither transmit nor receive illegal or inappropriate material.
·        I understand that I will not be allowed to leave campus unless (with the exception of camp functions) picked up by parent/guardian. My parent/guardian and I must check out in person with my counselor before leaving and check in with my counselor or camp staff/faculty upon returning.
·        I understand if I am found in possession of tobacco, vaping paraphernalia, illegal drugs or alcohol, or if I endanger the health and/or welfare of myself or others, I will be sent home immediately. I also understand that if my behavior is seriously disruptive or destructive in the sessions or in the environment outside the classroom, I may be sent home. I understand that in the event I am sent home or leave for any reason, my family will be responsible for any additional expenses related to going home.
·        I understand that I must stay in my residence hall room after lights out and agree not to let any other campers in my room other than my roommate if I have one.
·        I understand that if I intend to drive myself to camp and park my car on campus that I am expected to check in my keys with camp staff for the duration of camp.
·        I understand my room and bathroom must be clean before I check out.
·        I understand bringing any items on the “What Not to Bring” list is in violation of the Code of Conduct.
·        I understand failure to abide by the Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary action up to and including being sent home.

Click Apply Now and complete the digital form to let us know you are interested in camp.  We will use the information you supply to send the camp Application and Medical Information and Release Forms to be completed. Be sure to supply complete information when you submit your application! 

Thirty slots are available.  Apply early!

Applications will be sent to students and parents/guardians beginning April 8.
Completed applications are due by April 29.
Students and parents/guardians will receive confirmation that the student has a spot at camp OR on the waitlist on about May 17.
Campers who submit an application after May 17 will be added to the waitlist and notified if a opening becomes available.

If you have questions or have been accepted and now cannot attend camp, please contact us.

Email: citl@wku.edu    Phone: 270-745-3920


We look forward to seeing you at camp!



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