Mentors are coaches, role models, advisors, guides, and referral agents for new UNT students. Mentors assist new students in getting acclimated to campus life and understanding the many resources available to them during their collegiate experience at UNT. Faculty and staff members who have been at UNT for at least one year are encouraged to be a mentor for a new student. Mentors should have knowledge of the university and its resources and be willing to assist new students as they acclimate to our campus and college life.
Colleges and universities across the nation struggle every year with how to help new students adjust to the inevitable changes of college life. UNT believes this transition can be smoother if new students are given opportunities to connect with representatives across campus who are aware of the many resources available to students.
Being a mentor is a great opportunity to give back to the UNT community. Mentors not only get an opportunity to tell their mentee what "I wish I knew when I came to UNT," but they also get the opportunity to shape the mind of a new student and help him/her adjust to new life on a campus of over 36,000 students.
Potential mentors receive information via email and various other publicity mediums regarding the program. By applying to be a mentor, mentors agree to a one year commitment. Although we hope sustaining relationships will be built, mentors are only required to serve as a mentor for the one year period. Recruitment will begin again in the spring and summer for the following academic year.
The role of mentor is not designed to be a time consuming commitment on your part, only a rewarding opportunity to give back to UNT and its students. The expectation is that every mentor will attend a training session, read all communications sent by the office of Orientation and Transition Programs (i.e. newsletters and e-mails), and will make an effort to connect with their mentee(s) regularly. These connections can range from meeting for dinner or lunch to sending a quick email.