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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.

Why Mentorship?

Starting college can be an exciting time, yet many students are apprehensive about the various challenges that await them upon entrance to college. Mentorship aids students in their transition, helps them find their community, and allows them to take advantage of great opportunities that are available to them. Mentorship also helps students build networks with other students, faculty, and staff who can help them make the most of their college experience.

The Mentorship program connects first-year undergraduate students with upper-level student peer mentors who remember what it’s like to be a new student on campus. Our mentors represent a multitude of majors, student organizations, and backgrounds. Our faculty, staff, and graduate student (FSG) mentors also donate their time and expertise to help mentees get acclimated to life as a U-M student.

How Mentorship works

  • First-Year Students apply to Mentorship online and, if selected, are matched over the summer with one peer mentor (a current U-M student)
  • 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 into the University of Michigan easier by offering opportunities for resource sharing, community, and skill-building designed and not to compete with other commitments.
  • Mentorship Groups are made up of 7-11 Mentees (first-year students) that share a peer 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 the 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 July-August to confirm their participation and inform them of upcoming events.
  • Program participants also have access to a cohort of faculty/staff/graduate student mentors.

All accepted Mentees are invited to meet their mentors and the other first-year students in their mentorship group at our biggest annual activity – Mentorship Kickoff.

Questions?  E-mail ummentor@umich.edu and we will do our best to answer them as soon as possible!