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.
We have resources to help you succeed on campus and after graduation. You'll have several opportunities to connect with other first-gen students. You'll also be able to connect with faculty and staff members who understand the path you're on, because they were first-gen students too.
Learn more about being a first-generation student at NIU:
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.