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

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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

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