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First-Generation at EKU


Eastern Kentucky University has been selected as a First-Gen Forward Institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. The First Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education who have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources. 



What Does "first-generation" Mean?

There are many ways to define the term "first-generation." At EKU we consider students to be first-generation if neither of their parents/guardians have completed a bachelor’s degree. Our first-generation students may be the very first person in their families to attend a four-year university, or they may have older siblings who have attended college.

First-generation students make up approximately 40% of our student population and are a sizeable portion of our student body. We also have numerous faculty and staff who are first-generation college graduates.




First Colonel Program

McNair Scholars

First Colonel Living Learning Community

Freshman Academy for Diverse Students


Student Success Center 

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