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Mentoring Programs

Navigating the transition to college can be challenging but made easier with the guidance of a peer mentor. Syracuse University offers a variety of opportunities to engage with student mentors to support your academic and personal growth. 

OrangeSeeds

Recognized Student Organization

Email: orangeseeds@syr.edu
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OrangeSeeds is a leadership empowerment program that equips first-year Syracuse University students with the knowledge and experience to become engaged student leaders on campus. Learn more.

Transfer Transitions Leaders

Office of First-Year & Transfer Programs

Email: newtosu@syr.edu

The Transfer Transitions Team (formerly known as Transfer Mentors) are a driving force in assisting incoming transfer students with their transition to Syracuse University. Learn more


TheFirst

Recognized Student Organization

Email: newtosu@syr.edu
TheFirst is a recognized student organization that provides space for first generation students to come together for mentorship and leadership opportunities. Learn more.

Connections

Slutzker Center for International Services

Email: lescis@syr.edu
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The Connections Program is a mentoring program offered by the Slutzker Center for International Services for all new first year and transfer students. It will connect you with an experienced student for advice about settling into Syracuse, living with a roommate, opening a bank account, meeting new friends, getting along with your teachers, and how to handle your academic work! Learn more.

Dimensions

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Email: oma@syr.edu
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Dimensions was created to help facilitate a space where female students of color could transition through college with a support network. The program focuses on mentoring first year female students of color with upperclass women of color in which they form bonds, obtain academic and professional resources and learn to address the issues that face their communities.  The upperclass women are students chosen to mentor who maintain good academic standing and are successful both academically and socially on campus. With their assistance, our first-year female students not only become acclimated on campus, but flourish academically and socially.  Learn more.

fullCIRCLE

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Email: oma@syr.edu
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fullCIRCLE is a sustainable, multilayered program designed to assist its participants in effectively adjusting to the different challenges of college life, including those that are academic, social, professional and personal in nature, with the goal of building community. The program serves first-year and upper-class students with an emphasis on Black/African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx American, and Indigenous/Native American students. fullCIRCLE promotes academic success, identity development, community leadership, and social responsibility. Learn more.

Learning Communities Peer Educators

Office of Learning Communities

Email: lcs@syr.edu
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The Office of Learning Communities believes strongly in the importance and value of peer-to-peer education and support.  Peer educators – also known as ambassadors, peer mentors, peer leaders, or a variety of other titles – provide encouragement, leadership, and academic support to incoming learning community residents that is impactful and lasting. Learn more.

Wellslink

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Email: oma@syr.edu
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The WellsLink Leadership Program is the nationally recognized academic and leadership excellence program for first-year students of color at Syracuse University. Through structured academic, social, and cultural enrichment activities, WellsLink scholars train for exceptional success at the University and beyond. The program is named after Barry L. Wells, former senior vice president and dean of student affairs at Syracuse University and founder of the University's Office Minority Affairs in 1976. Wells is currently a Special Assistant on Chancellor Kent Syverud's leadership team. The program is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, part of the Division of Student Affairs. Learn more.

Academic Peer Advisors

Each Syracuse University school and college connects first-year students with upper division student leaders through their peer advising programs.  These peer advisors help incoming students with their transition to SU through interactions during Syracuse Welcome and beyond.

School of Architecture - Peer Advisors

The peer advising team is a group of second-year students who can answer any questions you may have and help you become accustomed to the architecture community. Whether it’s how to set up your studio desk, getting information about activities on campus, or event just getting together for a cup of coffee, we’re here to help you feel at home.

College of Arts and Sciences – Dean’s Team

Members assist with the recruitment and transition of new Arts and Sciences students by e-mailing them during the summer, providing them with registration advice during Opening Weekend, assisting with deadlines throughout the year, and serving as First-Year Forum mentors.

School of Education - Peer Advisors

There are many services available to undergraduates through the Office of Academic and Student Services including the peer advising program.

College of Engineering and Computer Science – The Pathfinder Program

Pathfinders offer guidance, support, and friendship to new students in the first semester and beyond.  The Pathfinder program is designed to facilitate positive interactions between new students and upperclassmen as well as provide new students with the tools to be successful as a college student in our College and at Syracuse University from faculty, staff, peers, and each other.  All new students to our College are assigned to a Pathfinder for their first semester.  The Pathfinders meet weekly with their advisee groups in our first-year transitions course during the fall semester and plan and implement out-of-classroom activities to foster a sense of belonging and community. 

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics – Peer Advisors

The primary job of a Falk College Peer Advisor is to help incoming freshmen and transfer students understand and transition into college life. The Peer Advisor contacts their advisees in the summer and then meets with their group of advisees during Opening Weekend in the Fall. After that, Peer Advisors are asked to be available to their advisees as needed, especially during their first semester of study here.

School of Information Studies – Peer Advisors

Our 44 iSchool peer advisors are here to help incoming iSchoolers make the best transition possible. They’re ready with advice about courses, time management and prioritizing, or finding the best time to go to the gym – anything that you need. Chat with them in our Facebook Group “Syracuse iSchool Class of 2017,” meet them on the quad in our welcome tent on Thursday afternoon, and connect with them in your First Year Forum class every week.

Martin J. Whitman School of Management – Peer Facilitators

The Peer Facilitator Program at the Whitman School is designed to facilitate the entry of new students into SU, provide support for them throughout the semester and help them improve their teamwork skills by providing them with regular feedback on their team process.

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications – Peer Advisors

Peer advisors are Newhouse students who assist new students. They are good students themselves, and they are knowledgeable about requirements and the University. While your peer advisor’s formal role ends after your first semester, he or she is available to you as a resource throughout your first year.

College of Visual and Performing Arts – Peer Advisors

All incoming first-year and transfer students receive a peer advisor to assist in their transition to Syracuse University. The College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Peer Advising Program helps foster a collaborative tone and sense of community among students. Peer advisors lend support and help first-year and transfer students in their transition to VPA and the University.


Be a mentor - International Young Scholars

Office of Engagement Programs

Email: iys@syr.edu
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International Young Scholars supports the educational achievement of teenage refugee and immigrant youth and seeks to instill within them the belief that college is attainable. Learn more.

Be a mentor - smART

Office of Engagement Programs

Email: smart@syr.edu
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smART, an after-school initiative for middle-schoolers, seeks to create opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning and explore their talents beyond the drawing and painting components of traditional school arts curricula. Learn more.