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I'm First

Who's First?

First-generation college students are first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university. At Northwestern, we celebrate the strengths, assets, and leadership that our first-generation students, faculty, and staff bring to campus.

What is "I'm First"?

“I'm First” is an online campaign that honors the first generation experience at Northwestern through storytelling and awareness-building. Our campaign includes four elements:

View photos from previous #ImFirstNU events and National First-Gen Week (November 8 - 13th) 2020

Interested in connecting with a faculty or staff member who share your first-gen identity? Check out our I'm First directory. First-generation faculty, PhD students, and staff can join the directory by submitting your first-generation story here.

Your first-gen identity should be celebrated! Wear your First Gen swag every Friday and use our I'm First Filter to represent the NU first-gen community. Tag us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with #ImFirstNU. Want to share the love on Facebook? You can add our custom filter to your pictures—click here and search I’m First NU.

Showcase your first-gen pride and wear your swag with confidence during large campus events (Wildcat Welcome, Family Weekend, Heritage Month Events, and more!).

New to Northwestern and interested in picking up your I'm First Swag? Email us at