ONE

Belong. Know. Succeed.

Are You the ONE? 

If your parents have not earned their own four-year degrees, you are a pioneer in your family—the first generation, the one. 

New territory means anticipation, anxiety, hope. You bring the advantage of fresh eyes; you are open to creating traditions, not bound by the old. You are making something new. 

Raise Your Hand if You’re ONE

Raise your hand if you’re an incoming first-generation student. We’ll put you on the list for NGU ONE events. 

You Are Not Alone

More than 40% of freshmen at NGU are first generation—yet that rate falls steeply by graduation. That hurts. We wondered why, so we looked into it.

For all the energy and perspective you bring, you may not have all the subtle and soft skills that go into college success. Those whose parents have been through it seem to arrive with those skills already underway.


No Mystery, No Secret Handshake

Here’s the deal: your college education will change you. We’re banking on it. It’s our mission to educate transformational leaders for church and society, after all. You’ll gain new perspectives and new skills in reading and interpreting information. You take on new habits of mind. You learn to study in ways you didn’t know you could.

These changes become part of you. You go on to your work and your life, carrying this change forward. Your children will pick up those habits almost unconsciously. They’ll arrive on campus ready to succeed, texting home to a family that “gets” it.

That’s all it is.

In every family, someone was the first to go to college, the first to earn a university degree. This starts a legacy of success skills passing from generation to generation.

Don’t worry. We’ve got your back.


In the Company of ONEs

When you enter NGU, you become part of our family, too. Your new family knows university education inside and out. Work with us to jump-start your own family legacy of subtle success skills.

Join us off and on through your first year for an accelerated approach to building that legacy. In four years, when you cross that stage as the first one, the pioneer in your family, you will be glad you did.

At NGU, you belong. You know. You succeed.

Year ONE Extras

  • First Fridays

    Take a break with fellow ONEs on the first Fridays of the month. We’ll practice talking with professors comfortably, making smart career prep moves, and tackling imposter syndrome.

    • September: You Belong!
    • October: Coffee with a Professor
    • November: First Gen Celebration
    • February: Community Involvement
    • March: Career Planning
    • April: End of Year Celebration
  • Group Study Breakouts

    Did you know that first generation students are less likely to study in groups? NGU offers plenty of peer tutoring and tutor labs to help with your studies. These ONE groups help with your studying—because you don’t know what you don’t know.

  • ONE More Piece of Advice

    Your faculty advisor will help you plan your classes and your career path. Turn to NGU ONE for advice on balancing your workload and finding time for the extra experiences that make a huge difference in college success.

  • Mentoring ONEs

    NGU faculty and staff know this university well. Many were once first-generation students themselves. We recruit these experts to consult with you, one-on-one, in three sessions per semester. Meet for lunch or coffee. Pick up the conversation from a First Friday. Ask your own questions; grow into your own best path for success.

  • The ONE Guide to University Success

    Everything you also wanted to know about how to succeed in college but didn’t know to ask. You’ll get a copy at your ONE Orientation Lunch. (We’re happy to send one to your parents, too.) And much of the information is in the ONE section of myNGU.

One more thing: Let’s do lunch right after orientation. Meet other students and your mentor. Prep for a great Semester ONE. Oh, and pick up some ONE-of-a-kind swag.

I’ll Do ONE Lunch