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Program Offers Tips for First-generation College Students

LINCOLN, Neb. — A new orientation program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is helping students who are the first in their family to attend college prepare for the rigors of higher education.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that those first-generation students often don’t have the same preparation for college life as students whose parents have a bachelor’s degree.

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln official says the school designed its First Husker program to help those students transition to life at the university, such as where the buildings are and what’s expected in classrooms.

University officials haven’t tracked retention rates of first-generation college students at the school before but will start doing it this year. This also is the first year the school has tracked enrollment of first-generation students.

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