First-generation College Students
While going off to college can be challenging for all students, it takes extra courage and determination to be a
Our resources will help you get what you need to lead the life you want today and after graduation. We're here to help you open doors and connect with our community of first-generation students, as well as faculty and staff who will support and encourage you throughout your journey.
We welcome you to learn more about the helpful programs and services we offer. You can also join our support group, Breaking Barriers.
These programs and experiences will help you adjust to life at NIU and make the most of your time on campus:
First-generation Huskie Spotlights
I wanted smaller class sizes so I could receive individualized attention. As a first-generation college student, this was important to me. NIU really sold me on the idea that I would be put in a position to succeed and, truthfully, I have.
My mother Maria and two siblings, Vianey and Junior, are the most important people in the world to me. As a first-generation Latina, this is not my degree — it’s our degree.
As a first generation college student, I chose NIU because I wanted to broaden my horizons outside of Chicago and I was interested in NIU's language programs and the political science program. I had friends at NIU and I have family that have graduated from NIU so I wanted to keep that tradition going.