Applications for Fall 2021 mentees will be available in May 2021.
What is Mentorship?
The University Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for new first-year students to connect with volunteer mentors who are knowledgeable about the University in order to ease the transition from high school to college. Mentorship helps to make the University a smaller place, and builds relationships between students, faculty and staff.
Open to all first-year students, the Mentorship Program is one of many Michigan Learning Communities available to students. Transfer students interested in a mentorship program should apply to Transfer Connections.
Going away to college can be an exciting time, yet many students also are apprehensive about the various challenges that await them upon entrance to college. Being active in Mentorship allows students to take advantage of great opportunities that first-year students don’t notice until their sophomore or junior year. Mentorship helps students build networks with other students, faculty and staff who can help make the most of their undergraduate career.
Mentorship connects first-year undergraduate students with upper-class students who remember what it means to be a new student on campus. These Wolverines represent a multitude of majors, student organizations and backgrounds. Michigan faculty and staff also generously donate their time and expertise to help you get acclimated.
Mentorship groups share not only personal experiences, but also exciting events such as: learning about wellness resources through our Common Thoughts program, skill building and leadership workshops, performances, sporting events, and diverse outings around Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan. Together Peer and Faculty/Staff Mentors help you find your niche at the University of Michigan.
How Mentorship works
- First-Year Students apply to Mentorship online and are matched over the summer with one peer mentor (a current UM student) AND one faculty OR staff (non-teaching University professional) mentor.
- This is a voluntary, selective program for first year students entering the University of Michigan.
- Mentees can expect to incorporate Mentorship into their normal student life--it's a program designed to make the transition easier by offering skill building workshops designed to help students identify their goals for the semester. Mentorship teams up with various offices and departments to offer activities exclusively for participants to assist them in course selection, major selection, internships, careers and graduate school.
- Mentorship Groups are made up of 6-8 Mentees (first year students) that share a peer and f/s mentor--you'll get to know other students with similar and different interests.
- The Mentorship program cycle occurs each year from September to December. Mentorship has been at University of Michigan since 1991, and each year we work to improve the program to make it a great experience for involved participants.
- Peer Mentors contact Mentees over the summer, and Mentorship staff contacts Mentees on a rolling basis from June-August to confirm their participation and remind them about upcoming events.
All accepted Mentees are invited to meet their peer mentor, faculty/staff mentor and the other first year students in their mentorship group at our biggest annual activity – Mentorship Kickoff.