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F1rst Gen On the Hill


We are glad you are here to Climb With Us!  As a first-generation student, you are already demonstrating your resilience and resourcefulness, but we all know the climb can be steep.  Think of the resources and engagement opportunities on this page as climbing tools that can help you reach the Top and benefit you even after graduation.

Are you F1rst Gen?

WKU defines first-generation as “neither parent graduated from a traditional four-year college. It does not mean that you are the first one in your family to attend college. In addition, a student is considered "first generation" if their parents graduated with an associate's degree (two-year degree), attended college but did not graduate, or had a sibling graduate with a bachelor's degree.

About 30% of WKU undergraduate students are first-generation.  (The chart shows data for 2022.) Additional details are available in the downloadable/printable fact sheets, below.

First Gen Fact Sheet 2022    First Gen Fact Sheet 2023


Percentage of First-generation Students in 2022


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Attendance at events in the Make It Count (M.I.C.) series counts toward eligibility for a scholarship drawing.  Qualifying events provide the opportunity to develop professionalization, self-advocacy, and socialization skills.  A variety of events presented across campus are qualified to help you earn MIC credit.  Events that are open to any student are shown on this page.  In addition, attendance at some events presented by your college, department, or other program that are intended to benefit specific groups of students (for example: certain majors) may count toward scholarship drawing eligibility even though they are not listed on this page.

Watch for the F1rst Gen QR code to register your attendance at events!  Or, confirm that the event host will provide an attendance report to the initiative.

Attend at least 3 events to be entered in a $250 scholarship drawing.
Attend at least 5 events AND submit a written and/or video testimonial to be entered in a $750 scholarship drawing.


Upcoming Events

First Gen Win Event
First Gen WIN!
Wednesday, April 24, from 11am-1pm, Centennial Mall

As you prepare for finals, join us for a reminder of just how much you have accomplished!  Share your "wins" on the open mic or recorded audio.  

If you have been attending MIC events, you could win one of the $250 or $750 scholarships in the 2023-2024 scholarship drawing!

In case of rain, we will move into the CEBS Student Success Center in Gary Ransdell Hall.

For more events and items of interest to F1rst Gen students, follow us on Instagram







First-Gen High School Summer Camp

For high school students who will be first generation college students.  Camp is FREE and will be from June 2-5.  More information and link to interest form is on the camp webpage.






F1RST Gen Living Learning Community

This LLC is for incoming first-time, first-year WKU students.  Students who are unsure of their major are preferred.  More information and link to housing application is on the LLC webpage.




F1rst Gen Advocates

WKU doesn't just have first-generation students, many of the faculty, staff, and alumni are also first-generation graduates and are committed to helping you succeed.  You can meet advocates at events for first-generation students.  You can also see a list of faculty and staff advocates

If you need to engage with a new program or build your network, there is an advocate who can help!

   Students at MIC Event   

F1rst Gen Student Ambassadors

Help us spread the word and plan events- apply to be a F1rst Gen Student Ambassador!  In addition to supporting first-generation students, ambassadors have opportunities for scholarships and engagement that can help with academic and professional goals.  Application will be open through the end of the fall semester.



What Does It Mean?  Terms and Tips for F1rst Gen Students:


Let us know you are coming to an event, leave a comment, or join the contact list:

Your First Name or Name You Like to be Called

Your Last Name

Your 800 Number

Enter the email address we can use to contact you.

I Would Like To (Check All That Apply):

Check the Box for Each That Applies to You

Share Additional Information or Feedback, Include Your Email Address If You Would Like a Response

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 Last Modified 4/17/24