It takes courage to be the first person in your family to go to college. If you'll be the first in your family, you'll be in good company at NIU. About half of our first-year students are first-generation college students.
If you're just starting your college search, read our tips on preparing for admission (PDF). There are many steps you can take in middle school and high school to get ready for college. We'll guide you along the way.
Once you're on campus, we'll provide you with resources to help you succeed in the classroom and after graduation. You'll have opportunities to meet other first-gen students and connect with faculty and staff who understand your path, because they were first-gen students too.
Learn more about being a first-generation student at NIU: