First-Generation at EKU
Big E Welcome Events for First-Gen Students
Are you an incoming First-Generation student? Here at EKU, you are First-Generation if neither of your parents has earned a bachelor's degree. We recognize that First-Generation students bring a multitude of strengths to our University, and we also know there are unique challenges you may face as the first in your family to attend college. To help you in your transition, EKU wants to provide you with connections to community and campus resources during our Fall 2020 Move-In Week and Big E Welcome. Click on the events below and RSVP to let usknow you'll be coming--we'll follow up by sending a Zoom link to your EKU e-mail. We can't wait to see you!
First Colonels: The Student Success Center Welcomes First-Generation Students - Monday, August 10, 3:00-4:30 PM
The First-Gen Experience - Sunday, August 16, 6:00-7:30 PM
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.