Near-Peer Mentoring

In addition to weekly lessons in the classroom, many CollegeSpring programs connect students with an undergraduate from a nearby university, who helps them prepare for the SAT or ACT and serves as a mentor and role model during the application process.

These undergraduate mentors often come from groups that are historically underrepresented in college, giving them personal insight into the challenges our students face. Because of this personal connection, many of students say that their CollegeSpring mentor was a crucial part of what made them start seeing themselves as college-bound.

“The bond I was able to build with my mentor was the best part of being a CollegeSpring student. It was like someone was finally able to help me through the process the way my parents and counselors were not able too. They understood my struggles because they had experienced it not too long ago as well.”

Gaby Figueroa, CollegeSpring alumna & mentor, Los Angeles

CollegeSpring mentors work on-site at our partner schools and organizations, and support the same small group of students over the course of a semester. Typical topics covered during mentoring sessions include SAT or ACT preparation and college readiness. 

To learn more about our mentors, and hear from the students they’ve worked with, visit our Mentoring page.