Engineering Freshman & Transfer Student Mentoring Program
The Engineering Mentoring Program pairs new students in the School of Engineering with an upper-class student, someone who understands the challenges of this rigorous field of study and how to successfully adjust to college life at KU. This free program is open to all freshman and transfer students within the School of Engineering.
Mentors provide guidance, support and encouragement to their students. Mentors should expect to spend a minimum of two hours a month on mentoring activities. There will be several group activities throughout the academic year. In addition, mentors are expected to interact with their student by email, text, phone calls, or face-to-face meetings on a bi-weekly basis.
What will Mentors gain from the program?
The opportunity to:
• meet new students and participate in fun activities with your engineering peers
• develop leadership and interpersonal skills
• learn skills that will prepare you for the work world
• get the satisfaction of helping someone through a time of transition
• be a sophomore or higher within the KU School of Engineering
• have been a student in the School of Engineering for at least one academic year
• have a 2.0 or higher GPA
• be able to commit, on average, two hours a month to your student
• attend a Mentor Orientation Session.
Mentor Orientation will take place on Thursday, April 18 from 12:00-1:00pm and Sunday, April 21 from 3:00-4:00pm in the Dean's Conference Rm, 1 Eaton. You only need to attend one of these sessions.
The program pairs interested freshmen and transfer students with a peer mentor based on the student’s preferred criteria (major, interests, gender, race). Mentors will provide their student with guidance, support and encouragement.
Group activities allow new students to connect with others and get to know their peers. The program offers several group activities for new students and their mentors throughout the year. In addition to these activities, students and their mentors are encouraged to interact through email, text messages, phone calls or face-to-face meetings on a bi-weekly basis.
What will new students gain from the program?
The opportunity to:
- meet other students
- participate in fun activities with your engineering peers
- have a go-to-person to get answers to questions such as: Where do I go for tutoring? Where is a good place to study? How do I drop a class or change sections? Where are the computer labs? Where can I work out? How do I use the bus system?