Freshman Mentor Program
The mission of the Freshman Mentor Program is to increase academic engagement, involvement in the campus community, and Comet spirit while assisting freshmen with the transition to college life. In the Freshman Mentor Program, incoming freshman are provided a personal mentor that will meet with them on a weekly basis during their first semester at UT Dallas. The mentors in the program are successful undergraduates prepared to engage freshmen in campus activities and refer them to resources that can help them achieve their academic and personal goals. Freshman students who participate in the program benefit heavily from having a personal connection with someone on campus who can provide extra academic and social guidance. Our statistical analysis reveals that this connection positively impacts academic achievement with Freshmen who receive a mentor during their first semester at UT Dallas. The Freshman Mentor Program Coordination Team works with a select group of engaged freshman and mentor leaders on the creation of program events and opportunities for all participants.
Freshman Requesting a Mentor
If you are interested in having a mentor during your first semester at UT Dallas, please submit the Freshman Mentor Request Form. Mentors are assigned to a select percentage of incoming students depending upon the number of available mentors. It is important that incoming freshmen submit the form themselves.
Request a Freshman Mentor
Request a mentor by submitting the Freshman Mentor Request Form.
- You will use your UT Dallas NetID and Password to access the online form.
- If you are assigned a mentor, you will be contacted via email.
- The deadline to request a Freshman Mentor is July 31, 2015.
Provide Freshman Mentor Experience Feedback
Freshmen who are participating in the Freshman Mentor Program are encouraged to provide feedback regarding their experience. The Freshman Mentor Feedback Report Form can be submitted at any time throughout the duration of the program. The form requires your UT Dallas NetID and Password.
Becoming a Freshman Mentor
Successful and engaged UT Dallas undergraduates are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to mentor an incoming freshman. Being a mentor provides valuable experience for students who seek to develop their communication and leadership skills.
Apply to Become a Freshman Mentor
If you would like to mentor an incoming freshman during the fall semester, complete and submit the Freshman Mentor Program Application.
Mentors must possess a cumulative GPA above a 3.0. Students selected to serve as mentors for the 2015 fall semester must complete a series of short online training modules by August 16, 2015. In addition, potential mentors must attend an in-person orientation session, offered once in the 2015 spring semester and once at the beginning of the 2015 fall semester. Program staff will enroll all mentors selected for the program in the UNIV 4074 (University Engagement and Applied Leadership) course. UNIV 4074 is a 0 credit hour class which allows program participation to be reflected on the academic transcript. Mentors are not required to attend structured class meetings, but the program does require that participants attend a once per month small group session. Participating mentors may sign up for these sessions based on the availability of their schedule. UNIV 4074 is designated as Pass/Fail, and mentors must fulfill the requirements listed below in order to receive a passing grade:
- Attend one in-person orientation session (In spring 2015 or early fall 2015).
- Complete online training modules prior to the start of the Fall 2015 semester.
- Meet with assigned freshman/freshmen in person at least twice per month.
- Submit the online Mentor Report once per month.
- Attend required monthly small group meetings with the Office of Undergraduate Education and mentor leaders.
- Attend two mandatory events (Kickoff Meet & Greet and the End of Semester Wrap-up event) with assigned freshman/freshmen.
Freshman Mentor Monthly Reporting
The Mentor Report Form should be submitted once per month according to the deadlines provided by the Office of Undergraduate Education. These brief reports provide the Office of Undergraduate Education with the information necessary to ensure that the Freshman Mentor Program is a rewarding experience for both mentors and the freshmen being mentored.