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First-generation students are those UK scholars whose parents or guardians have not received a four-year degree. More than a third of undergraduates seeking a degree from the College of Public Health (CPH) classify as first-generation students—giving CPH one of the highest-percentage populations of first-generation students of any college at the University of Kentucky.

First-generation students have some shared challenges. This webpage centralizes resources available to first-generation students, including programs and student services available across UK’s campus.

You are also invited to read the stories of several CPH community members who share their own first-generation student perspectives. These first-generation faculty, staff, alumni, and current students have communicated their lived experiences to help inspire future and current first-generation students seeking a public health education.

UK's First-Generation Student Services

First-Generation Student Services supports first-generation students (neither parent or guardian has a 4-year degree) at the University of Kentucky from recruitment to graduation.

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Tell Us Your First-Generation Story

We are seeking first-generation content and stories from our community. If you identify as first-generation and/or have an idea, then let us know!

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Latest First-Generation News & Events

Call for Abstracts | Deadline February 14

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