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 commited mentor. 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.

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