To Guide First-Generation Students, U. of Nebraska Reaches Into High Schools

To Guide First-Generation Students, U. of Nebraska Reaches Into High Schools 1

Daniel Johnson for The Chronicle

Jeff Hall, a retention coordinator with the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy, talks with high-school seniors.

As an eighth grader in Grand Island, Neb., Abel Covarrubias dreamed of attending the University of Nebraska's flagship campus, in Lincoln. It was only about 100 miles away, but he had no sense of how to get there.

His family had immigrated from Mexico, where his parents hadn't finished high school. His older brother, Julio, had planned to go to college but died in a car accident a week before his high-school graduation. Applying to college seemed like a daunting,