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Connect Mentorship Program

The Connect Mentorship Program (known by students as Connect) is a year-long mentorship program aimed at retaining students of color at SMU. There are two parts to the program: the Connect Institute and Peer Mentorship. Connect helps incoming students of color become effective, successful, and engaged members of SMU through peer mentoring. Mentors help incoming students develop personally and academically by introducing them to a variety of resources, learning opportunities, and co-curricular experiences offered on campus. 

Apply to the Connect Mentorship Program!

The Connect Mentorship Program offers a number of opportunities over the span of 6 days.

Residential Commons Early Move-in and Connect Check-in - Friday, August 12 
Full move-in details will be provided by Residence Life and Student Housing as the date approaches. Living off campus? Relax this day. We can check you in at the Family Reception or Connect Institute Day 1.

Family Reception - Saturday, August 13
More details to come as the date approaches.

Sunday, August 14 - Wednesday August 17
Over these four days you'll be exposed to a number of SMU resources and programs. You'll also have time to meet with your mentor one on one.

The Connect Institute is a four-day extended orientation to SMU. During the Institute, you will interact with other new students, as well as returning students serving as small group mentors, and peer academic leaders. You will learn about support services SCIE and other departments at SMU offer. The Connect Institute will feature leadership development and goal setting workshops, dinners and receptions with SMU faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as information on campus resources that will help you be successful. Students who participate in the Connect Institute  have the opportunity to move in early to campus.
Incoming students are matched over the summer with an upperclass student. You will hear from your mentor before arriving to campus. Mentors will serve as a resource and guide during your first year at SMU.  

August 2022 Session: Click on the appropriate application, first-year student or transfer student, located above. 

January 2023 Session: Applications will open during October for spring 2023 entry students.  

The Connect Mentorship Program is a year-long program that starts at the Connect Institute! If you can't attend the Connect Institute due to extenuating circumstances reach out to and we can work with you on a case by case basis.

There are a number of reasons to be part of the Connect Mentorship Program. Here are a few:

  • Early move-in to Residential Commons (if applicable)
  • Peer mentoring by an upperclass SMU Student
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Cohort experience with other incoming students
  • Access to key SMU resources and services
  • Develop relationships with upperclass students 

As Connect is a year-long program we ask our students to stay engaged with the program throughout their first year at SMU. Here is what you can expect as a result of participating in Connect:

  • Attend the Connect Institute 
  • Attend Cohort Engagement Programs twice a semester 
  • Meet with mentor twice a semester 
  • Meet with SCIE Assistant Director twice a semester
  • Establish goals and assess the progress of goals
  • Utilize SCIE and other department resources as necessary

Any current undergraduate SMU student can apply to become a mentor for the upcoming year. Applications will open during the Spring semester.

For more information, email or call 214-768-4580.