Mentoring First-time Freshman
A mentor is a faculty member who works closely with first-time freshmen and serves as those students' academic advisor. Mentors were selected to work with freshmen because of their special interest in and commitment to new students.
Since the early weeks of a student's first semester are crucial to adjustment to college life, your first contact with your mentor will be during orientation. These meetings and social interactions with your mentor create a bond that is strengthened through the semester by periodic meetings and social interactions. Mentors provide encouragement, personal guidance, and a bridge to university services and resources for first-time students who may be reluctant to acknowledge difficulties or to ask for assistance.
Faculty mentors are assigned by the colleges and assisted by peer advisors .