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STANFORD'S FIRST YEAR MENTOR PROGRAM

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Welcome to the home of Stanford’s First Year Mentor Program!

The First Year Mentor Program (FYMP) was launched in September 2020 in response to the tremendous changes to the first-year experience of Stanford’s Class of 2024 caused by COVID-19. The program is managed through the office of Residential Education, and its primary purpose is to create a network of support and social connection for every enrolled first year student, both on- and off-campus (this includes both frosh and transfer students). 

Each first year student is assigned to a mentor group made up of 8-12 first year students. Each mentor group will be assigned an upperclass First Year Mentor (FYM) to provide guidance and advice, facilitate relationships with the group, and connect members of the group to university resources. Each mentor group will also be assigned a:

  • Resident Fellow (RF) for community development consultation
  • Community Coordinator (CC) as formal supervisor of the mentors, to provide guidance and manage accountability, and facilitate relationships to ensure the program as a whole is operating effectively.
  • Residence Dean (RD) for referral and crisis support

Mentor groups will be assigned within a larger system of eight clusters of 16-24 mentor groups. Clusters of mentor groups will be supported by Resident Fellows as well as professional staff support (CCs and RDs), with the goal that if the first year students come to campus in 2020-21 academic year, they will be assigned whenever possible to on-campus housing with the members of their mentor groups, and also whenever possible with the other mentor groups in their cluster.

Each first year student will receive a welcome email from their mentor by September 21, 2020. In general, first year students should expect weekly opportunities to connect with their group and their mentor in Weeks 2-10 of Autumn Quarter 2020.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding this program, please contact us.

Virtual Community Building

As we continue supporting our communities virtually, we have compiled a selection of programming ideas and links to outside sources to help provide a starting point for this COVID-affected academic year. If you're interested in accessing, please click here