Northern Arizona University is striving to become a campus of excellence for first‐generation students. There are many ways we are making this a reality. Check out the information throughout this website for information and hints for prospective or current students, as well as resources for faculty, staff, and families.

First‐generation students

First‐generation college students represent a cross‐section of America and are found in all majors throughout the university. Almost 30% of NAU students (and 40% of NAU freshmen) on the Flagstaff campus identify as first-generation: neither of their parents earned a bachelor's degree. First‐generation students are trailblazers, forging new paths for themselves and their families.

  • STAR


     A summer bridge program to connect you to campus and get a head start on the college experience. Live at NAU, take college classes, and participate in service and social events. Peer mentors will provide guidance on how to be successful during college. Free program for 170 first‐gen students each summer. Application priority deadline is February 1st.

  • TRiO Student Support Services logo
    TRiO Student Support Services logo

    Student Support Services (SSS)

     Peer mentoring from a student leader who has learned how to do the college thing. Professional mentoring that focuses on academic support, career planning, and financial assistance ‐ helping you to become the best you can be during college and beyond. Small group activities help you get connected to campus. Scholarship available for 450 eligible students each year.  Priority application deadline is August 1st.

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    First Scholars at Northern Arizona University logo

    First Scholars

     Self‐awareness, success, and significance are the cornerstones of this 4‐year program sponsored by the Suder Foundation. A small group of first‐gen students are provided peer support, professional coaching, educational workshops, and community service activities. Scholarship available for 20 first‐gen students each year.  Application deadline is mid-February.

  • SALT

    Lumberjack Leaders Institute

     Some first‐gen students may not want ongoing mentoring, but do want to learn what it takes to be a successful college student. Join 50 first‐gen students for a 7‐week Institute with workshop topics on academic success, leadership development, health & wellness, relationships, and finances.  Application deadline is within the first month of each semester.