Program Overview

The First Year Mentor Program is committed to strengthening the first year experience through provision and fostering of a meaningful connection with an academically successful mentor and established student leader. The mentor relationships will increase first-year participation in student life, exposure to student leadership, and academic success. The mentoring program pairs first-year students with returning students to assist, connect, and increase retention rates for students from the first year to the second year. The First Year Mentor Program will provide a greater sense of individual agency, as well as affiliation with the diverse and inclusive community at SOU.

How do I join the program?

Please visit your respective tab "Mentor" or "Mentee" on the bar at the top of the website. 

A mentee is a student who is new to SOU, whether they are new to college, a transfer student, a veteran, or anything in between. The only requirement is that it is the student's first year at SOU. The application to become a mentee is available on your mentee tab. 

A mentor is a student who has succeeded in at least one academic year at SOU and is interested in helping other students succeed as well. The application to become a mentor is available on your tab.

Why should you become a mentee for the First Year Mentor Program? 

Being a mentee for the First Year Mentor Program encompasses having a student mentor who is in their second year of college here at SOU or further along. This student will be someone that is tasked with helping you adjust to SOU's campus environment. They are also able to show you how to access on-campus resources available to students. We encourage you to join to an enrich your first-year experience. 

Become a Mentee.

Quote from a Mentee!

"The First Year Mentor Program, specifically my mentor, has given me the confidence in myself when walking the SOU grounds that I can achieve greater things and my goals with the resources and people surrounding me."

-Mayra Aguilar

Mentee Term Evaluation

Contact Us:

First Year Mentor Program
Sours Student Leadership Center, SU 308
(541) 552-8452

FYMP Office Hours:

Please email to schedule an appointment with a student coordinator.

**Office hours vary by term**

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