Student Affairs mentoring programs can help manage a student’s transition and foster campus connections. These programs offer opportunities for students to gain skills that will provide a foundation for success at the university while building supportive relationships with program staff. Mentoring programs use peers and professional staff to connect students to resources and social networks, highlight strengths, develop goals, build academic skills and provide growth opportunities throughout their college career. Offering students these connections and resources often leads to increased student success, both in and out of the classroom.
NAU offers mentoring programs catering to a variety of students—from Native and Veteran students to those who simply want a little help outside of class. Mentors tailor assistance to each student’s unique needs, helping them develop academic skills, understand course feedback and connect with resources, programs and job opportunities. The wide variety of mentoring programs at NAU ensures you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.
Who it’s for: Northern Arizona University undergraduate students who have been a part of the foster care system.
Paul and Amy Blavin started a NAU scholarship program for people who have aged out of the foster care system. Students who are Arizona residents seeking an undergraduate degree and who have demonstrated financial need and experience in the foster care system are eligible for this scholarship. Full time enrollment is required.
Who it’s for: First-generation college students who
meet certain requirements
First Scholars aims to dramatically increase the graduation rate of college
students who will be the first in their families to earn a four-year degree. It
offers an annual scholarship, one-on-one progressive mentoring and enrichment
and personal development through workshops and service learning opportunities
over the course of four years.
Native American Student Services (NASS) Freshmen Scholars
Who it’s for: First-year and transfer students who identify as Native
American, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian.
NASS Scholars is a transition program to help Native students develop skills
and strategies for success, learn about campus resources, navigate the
university system and make connections. It includes a three-credit course on
community engagement and social justice that fulfills a Liberal Studies
Who it’s for: First-year students from out of state.
Peer Jacks assists students in making connections and building community
through one-on-one mentoring and on- and off-campus events. The program
provides educational and social opportunities that lead to academic success.
Participating in the program enhances students’ first year experience, sense of
belonging and transition to the university.
Residential Learning Communities (RLC)
Who it’s for: First-year students who want to live
with others sharing their major or interest.
RLCs assist freshmen with their transition to campus through a shared
residential experience, grouping participants by interest or academic major.
Community mentors coordinate programs and interactions that build strong
connections with other RLC students, faculty and staff.
SLC's Academic Mentoring
Who it’s for: Students who want to develop and
refine study skills and improve academic performance.
program pairs students with a peer academic mentor to develop the study
strategies and transitional support necessary to succeed in and beyond the NAU
classroom. Through targeted, one-on-one sessions, peer academic mentors help
students improve academic performance and connect to resources.
Student Support Services
Who it’s for: Students who are
first-generation, low income or foster students, or those with a documented disability.
offers mentoring, coaching and connections to first-year and other eligible
students. Freshmen receive mentoring from juniors and seniors and join a small
support network of peers. The programs adapt to help sophomores, juniors and
seniors get the individual mentoring and coaching they need.
Successful Transition and Academic Readiness (STAR) program
it’s for: Arizona residents who identify
as First-generation or
helps Pell-eligible students and those who will be the first in their families
to earn a four-year degree make a successful transition to the university
environment by providing a supportive and nurturing educational and social
Who it’s for: Students
who identify as part of an underrepresented student population.
Mentoring provides a supportive experience for the personal and academic
development of students. It offers a continuing orientation to Northern Arizona
University and aims to facilitate the academic, social and intellectual growth
of participants throughout their academic careers.
Transfer and Commuter Connections
it’s for: Students
transferring to NAU, and
students that commute to campus.
TCC provides services and support to incoming transfer, and commuter students.
Through mentoring and social and academic events, the program connects students
with others and with resources on campus