Attending UM in fall 2014?
Apply to the Mentorship program this spring!
Get connected. Get involved. Get Mentored!
Applications open and available here beginning March 10, 2014!
The deadline to apply is July 31, 2014.
A Mentor group works together on the "Map Your Michigan" Kickoff activity, where each mentee draws a map of the locations and landmarks they know so far at UM--this helps mentors guide mentees to find resources, important locations, little known study spots and more!
If you will attend the University of Michigan in fall 2014, consider applying to one of UM's most unique learning communities for students of all academic interests and backgrounds!
How UM freshmen find out about Mentorship: All freshmen who have paid their enrollment fees will be sent an email announcing the program and inviting them to apply (this is to ensure our applicants are current, accepted UM students). Freshmen also get an insert in their Orientation folders about the program, with a reminder to apply. Or, you can get the information you need right here!
Know before you apply: Acceptance is not automatic. In order to be considered, applicants must:
1. Be an incoming undergraduate first year student (graduate students are not eligible)
2. Have been accepted to the University of Michigan freshman class, starting classes in spring/summer or fall 2014.
3. Have a valid UM email address [email@example.com]
4. Complete all required questions and short essays.
Transfer Students in LSA are eligible to apply to Transfer Connections, a separate mentoring program for students transferring from other Universities.
The Mentorship Program is designed to help you transition easily into campus life, and creates events that help you build a supportive network of students, faculty and staff, and find resources to succeed at Michigan.
Mentorship Pizza Tasting Mentorship Housing Workshop
All incoming first year students will receive a recruitment message to the email address they used to apply to the University.
You do not have to wait for the announcement email to apply, but you should READ MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAM BELOW first!
Parent or Guardian of a first year student? Read our Message to Parents
We define Mentorship as a useful resource to introduce new students to University life and broaden students' access to all that UM has to offer. The mission of the University Mentorship Program is to provide an opportunity for new students to connect with volunteer Mentors who are knowledgeable about the University of Michigan in order to ease the transition from high school to college. For this reason it is important that students fill out their applications themselves and in their own voices, and learn what to expect from the program by reading our information on this website.
Mentorship De-Stress Study Break Mentorship UM Museum tour
How Mentorship works
Mentorship Kickoff: Our Opening Event!
This event occurs each year during the first week of classes, in the beautiful Biomedical Sciences Research Buidling Atrium. It's attended by over 300 participants, has great catered food, and time to map out the semester with our program. Students meet their mentors here (we have a system so each mentee finds his or her mentors) learn about what events are planned, how to best work with their mentors and useful information about the program. At this annual program launch, students, staff and faculty meet their assigned mentorship groups for food, activites and an introduction to Mentorship.
What else should I know before I apply?
Whether you choose to attend the planned with your Mentorship group, meet over coffee with your Faculty or Staff Mentor or participate in some or all of the program-wide events that appeal to you, the University Mentorship Program is designed to meet YOUR needs and interests.
Read our MENTEE FAQ to help you decide if Mentorship is right for you!
Mentorship Course Selection (Backpacking) workshop and Detroit Tigers v. Chicago White Sox Baseball Outing
Program benefits for first year students
Who can I expect to meet in my group?
Mentorship groups are comprised of people who have a variety of academic, pre-professional and/or extracurricular interests; you can expect to have some things in common with members of your group, and expect to learn a lot about various backgrounds and interests different from your own. Both Peer and Faculty/Staff Mentors serve as a point-of-contact and immediate resource to you and your group, there to answer your questions, connect you with campus resources, and help you explore UM.
The University Mentorship Program is one of the many Michigan Learning Communities available to students on campus. These programs help to make our large University easier to navigate.
Together Peer and Faculty/Staff Mentors will help you find your niche at the University of Michigan.
Photos from the Mentorship Pre-Professional Workshop (l) and Service/Community Restoration trip to Detroit (r)
Questions about Mentorship? Contact us, we are always happy to talk with prospective students and their parents! Our staff can be reached at 734-764-6413, or via email at UMMentor@umich.edu.