First Husker Program

First Husker Program

College is hard.

While many students have parents and family members to help guide them through the transition, first-generation students face a unique and sometimes overwhelming set of challenges.

As a first-generation student, you may have additional questions about the college experience. Nebraska's First Husker Program is designed to bridge that gap and to offer you the support and guidance you need to succeed your first semester and beyond.

A collage of photos by the First Husker Peer Mentors

The First Husker Program consists of a 4-day foundational event that gives you an opportunity to move to campus early, connect with faculty, staff, and resources, and learn some of the skills and strategies that are vital to college-level success.

And it doesn't stop there.

Beyond this 4-day event, you will participate in a 10-week seminar course led by Academic Success Coaches from the First-Year Experience & Transition Programs office. This course is designed to guide you through your first semester and equip you with the skills you need, not just to survive the first semester, but to thrive as a member of the UNL community and in the big world beyond graduation.

How much is all of this worth? It's hard to put a dollar amount on success.

How much will it cost? Not a dime.

UNL has committed to making the First Husker Program possible for up to 200 first-generation students. The early arrival on campus, the coaching, the guidance, the 10-week course, the connections, the memories–all of this is free. What you do with what you learn and where you go when the program is over is completely up to you.

You belong here.
You can succeed.
We can help.