Free Mentoring Program Deadline July 14th

UPDATE: The Collegiate has received nearly 100 applications but wants to remind all readers that we are looking for a diverse pool of candidates. Candidates interested in a wide variety of colleges and universities including community colleges, religious colleges, small liberal arts colleges, and art schools are welcome to apply. We encourage all eligible students to complete the application especially students of color, LGBT students, low-income students, and students unsure if they want to or are able to attend college.

The application for the mentorship program can be found here.

Obama had Reggie Love, Miranda Priestley had Andrea Sachs, and Katniss had Haymitch. Every significant figure in our society has had an assistant involved in their decision making: playing their strengths, making up for weaknesses, and watching when their backs were turned. Why should the college admissions process be any different?

The Collegiate Blog has recently launched a mentoring program for seniors applying to universities and colleges in the United States. Spearheaded by Courtland Thomas, the program will officially begin in August, the month in which the Common Application for the 2013 admissions year will be released.

The program’s purpose is twofold: not only will the program promote equal access to resources for all types of students across the country, but will also help students find their “fit” college, which is the cornerstone of the Collegiate’s philosophy.

Rather than focusing on rankings, titles, and “dream school” ideology, mentors will help point students towards finding universities where they fit academically, socially, and, perhaps most important, financially, regardless of whether it is a state college or an Ivy League university.

The mentors will include members of Collegiate staff, who have completed their college application process within the previous two years and are currently attending schools such as Swarthmore College, Saint Mary’s College of California, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. They will offer advice, insight, and constructive criticism to a handful of lucky seniors applying to college.

The mentors will be a readily available resource for students. Their expertise will come in handy when helping students narrow their list of colleges, review their essays, and prepare for standardized testing and interviews.

Interested students must submit the Collegiate’s application for the program before July 14th, the deadline for all submissions. The application includes questions regarding the schools the senior is interested in and what their biggest fears about the application process are.

The seniors will be contacted in late July regarding their acceptance and will be introduced to their matched mentor in August. Through a combination of either biweekly or weekly meetings, at the discretion of the mentee and their mentor, the pair will undergo the process of applying to colleges through January.

The program will continue through the financial aid process, which is as equally stressful to families as the admissions process itself.  The program is also willing to consider interested international students applying to colleges in the United States.

If you have any questions about the mentoring program, email Courtland Thomas at or use the comment box below.