Mentoring for Student Success

Making the transition from high school to college can be challenging as you try to navigate the “culture” of college.

The KCP Mentor Program is designed for Alma College students of all kinds, particularly first generation students (students with neither parent having a college degree). The program provides students with mentors, opportunities to connect with other students and faculty members who are going through or who have had similar experiences, and specialized learning opportunities in order to assist them with:

  • making the transition from high school to college
  • performing their best in the classroom
  • connecting to the other students and to faculty
  • anticipating the choices they will face in college
  • identifying potential obstacles and successful strategies for avoiding/overcoming these obstacles

Previous experience tells us that making the transition from high school to college can be challenging for students as they try to navigate the “culture” of college. This includes things like what college classes are like, how much and what kind of studying is required to do well, what it is like to live in a residence hall, and what programs and services are available to students.

The KCP Mentor Program serves as a tool for welcoming students to campus and providing them with a supportive environment in which they can ask questions, seek answers, and establish helpful relationships with other students and faculty.

Students who are actively involved in programs like the KCP Mentor Program

  • tend to have better grades than they would have otherwise during their first year,
  • tend to more satisfied with their college experience, and
  • stay in college until they graduate.