The Mentor Program

The University Health Center’s Health Promotion Department, in collaboration with the Office of Student Conduct, launched the Mentor Program in spring 2014. The collaboration now includes offices across the University.

The Mentor Program matches students with a faculty or staff member who helps the student to clarify academic, career, and personal interests, to become more connected and engaged at UGA, to develop skills for addressing current and future challenges, and to develop a course of action for achieving his or her goals.

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is generally defined as a mutually beneficial relationship between a more experienced person (the mentor) and a less experienced person (the mentee) in which the mentor acts as a role model, encourages growth, and provides guidance, vision, support, networking, and a chance for self-reflection and exploration.

Mentoring is associated with academic achievement, persistence, identity development, and well-being.

Why This Program?

We believe a meaningful relationship with a faculty/staff member will help students develop a personal sense of purpose and that they will do better in school and life as a result of what they gained through that relationship.
The overall goal of the program is to promote student success.


This program is designed to help students who:

  • are interested in personal exploration or growth
  • feel like they need to get back on track after a setback
  • are still trying to find, clarify, or build on their academic and career path
  • would like to develop a close relationship with a staff or faculty member