First Gen Roo strives to build a supportive, energetic and inclusive community to enrich our first-generation students' experiences at UMKC.

National First Gen Celebration 2022

Check out our flyer in the link below for information about events for this year's National First Generation Celebration!

Check out the National First Gen Celebration Flyer 2022

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UMKC Recognized as First-Gen Forward

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is proud to be a campus that celebrates and supports first-generation college students. In 2020, the university was designated by the Center for First-Generation Student Success as a First-Gen Forward Institution. The designation recognizes colleges and universities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences and a first look at the center’s research and resources.

Not sure if you're first generation?

UMKC defines a first-generation college student as any student whose parents or guardians did not receive a bachelor's degree in the United States.

You're first gen even if this happened.

  • A sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle received a bachelor's degree in the United States
  • A parent or guardian took a few college classes or completed a community college or technical degree
  • A parent or guardian received a bachelor's degree at an international college or university

Ready to Be the First?