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Information for Mentors

What is a Mentor? | Should I Be a Mentor? | Tips for Mentoring | Mentor Orientation

What is a Mentor?

Mentors are coaches, role models, advisors, guides and referral agents geared toward second year and new transfer students. However, any upper-class student may join. Mentors assist students in getting acclimated to campus life. The program offers two types of mentors:

Faculty and Staff Mentors

  • Faculty and staff mentors have a demonstrated knowledge of Texas State and desire to assist students as they acclimate to our campus. In addition, faculty/staff must have a working knowledge of the campus and its various resources as well as a desire to help students adjust to college and be successful.

Peer Mentors

  • Peer mentors must have a desire to assist students during their college experience. Students must have a working knowledge of the campus and its various resources as well as a desire to help students be successful.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, contact the Retention Management & Planning Office at 512-245-5500 or complete the Mentor/Mentee Application.

Why Should I Join the Bobcat Bond Program?

Colleges and universities across the nation struggle every year with how to help students adjust to the inevitable changes of higher education. At Texas State, we pair second year and new transfer students with Texas State upperclassmen, staff, or faculty to aid in this adjustment. 

Being a mentor is a great opportunity to help others find pride and self-satisfaction, and raise your level of concern for the students of the Texas State community. Texas State mentors are support systems for students. Mentors not only get an opportunity to tell their mentee about what "I wish I knew when I went to college," but they also get the opportunity to shape the minds of Texas State students.

Students benefit in many ways from having a mentor.  It can reduce the stress of coming to campus by having a friend/mentor already in place. This is also directly related to a higher retention of students at Texas State and a higher GPA (as compared to their fellow non-mentored students).  Because of previous experiences on campus, mentors have the knowledge of where to refer their mentees if the mentors are unable to help.

How can I be the best Mentor for my Mentee?

See our Suggestions for Mentoring for tips on initial conversations with your mentee and guidelines for mentoring a student.