First-generation Students

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.

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:

Personalized Support

You'll receive personal attention and guidance at NIU:

You'll have access to other support services, including:

Learn more about student life at NIU.

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Huskie Spotlight

Mckayla Fitzpatrick

As a first-generation student, a college education is extremely important to me. I view it as an opportunity to make my family proud and showcase my dedication to education.

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Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
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