College of Science & Mathematics Mentoring Circles

Why CoSM Mentoring Circles

College is a big step for many young adults. Studies show that students who have a positive first-year college experience are more prepared academically and socially for challenges they may face.  Also, developing a sense of connection with their college increases their likelihood of degree completion.

Quality mentorship programs, such as CoSM Mentoring Circles, bring first-year students together with faculty, staff, and experienced students making valuable connections.  As a supplement to academic advising, mentors help guide students through their first-year by cultivating a smooth transition socially and academically. 

How to sign-up

Each first-year student in the College of Science and Mathematics will be assigned a mentor and will meet with your mentoring group every couple of weeks for support and an improved understanding of college life and academic success.


Project Goals  

First-year students may be undecided on a major or career, struggling to navigate financial aid, or in building new relationships. A mentor can use their institutional knowledge to assist students in these areas. As part of this program, we intend to do the following:

  • Academic Follow Ups: mentors will connect with their mentees and help teach lessons on topics such as time management, goal setting, studying strategies, registration and financial literacy
  • Social Follow Ups:  Led by the CoSM Dean’s Circle, program sponsored group events will be organized that bring first-year students and mentors together for a variety of activities throughout the year
  • Leader Initiated Follow-Ups:  through texts, emails or phone calls, mentors will send encouragement, advice, and invitations to college activities on a more individual basis with their mentees

Mentoring is more than a one-day event. It is a program that provides mentoring throughout the first year of a student’s college journey. Through this program, we hope to achieve the following goals with first-year students:

  • A stronger connection to college faculty, staff, and students
  • An increased sense of belonging and confidence
  • Improved skills in time management, study strategies, financial literacy and utilization of resources
  • Improvement in academic performance
  • Increased student retention and enrollment
  • A successful and smooth first-year experience

This program has been funded through a grant award from Wright Patt Credit Union.