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Connect Mentorship Program

Connect takes place in August each year before the start of the fall semester and in January before the start of the spring semester. A detailed schedule is provided closer to the Connect Institute.
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.

Connect Mentorship Pairings are matched over the summer and you will hear from your mentor before arriving to campus early. These mentor small groups serve as a resource, and mentor groups are encouraged to continue to meet throughout the year and will attend Connect and SCIE programs together. Mentorship pairs participate with Connect Institute but can also be separate if the incoming student is unable to attend the Institute.

Click here to meet our 2019-2020 Connect Mentors!

For the January 2022 session: Click on the appropriate application, first-year student or transfer student, located above. 

For August 2022 session: Applications will open during the Spring semester.

Yes! If you can't attend the Connect Institute because of a prior commitment you have the option be paired with a mentor throughout the academic year only. Select Academic Year Only in your application.

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