Who is a First-Generation College Student?

You are a First-Generation college student if neither of your parents/legal guardians completed a bachelor’s degree, regardless of siblings and other relatives. This website provides information to help first-generation students find university resources and navigate college expectations.

Questions? Contact Jenny Lieurance, 785-670-1941.

Find answers to your questions on our First-Generation Student Resource Guide.

We Are F1RST Student Organization

We Are F1rst is the official Washburn student organization for First-Generation students and meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 4pm in Mabee 302. View the meeting schedule.

First-Gen Forward Badge

First-Gen Forward

Washburn University is a NASPA First-Gen Forward Institution, one of 80 universities in the nation recognized for its high-impact programs for first-generation students in the inaugural 2019-2020 cohort.

FAQ – Resource Guides to assist in your engagement with our first-generation students at Washburn University. These guides are made available by the Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant and sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning.

Faculty & Staff Request a First-Generation Office Decal

Text: Proud to be F1RST GENERATION with Ichabod ImageDo you identify as a First-Generation college graduate? Please fill out this brief form to be added to our Faculty & Staff list and receive an office decal to show your pride.



Text: Proud to Support F1RST GEN with IchabodDo you identify as an ally for First-Generation students? Please fill out this brief form to be added to our Faculty & Staff list and receive an office decal to show your support.

  • Small class sizes are ideal for First-Generation students who are often hesitant to ask for help.
  • Washburn faculty are student-focused and provide a strong support system for First-Generation students.
  • The First-Generation Mentor program will connect students with alumni and community members who can help broaden students’ academic and professional networks.
  • Washburn was founded on the principle that all people – regardless of family income, race, ethnicity, or gender – have the right to earn an education.
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