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What is the purpose of the program?

The CAPS Leader Summer Mentor Program helps keep you (our new incoming students) connected to the university and supported through your transition to UofL during the time between Summer Orientation and the start of classes.  The CAPS Leaders (upperclass student mentors) will connect with you and the other student in your class and provide one-on-one, peer-to-peer connections.  The program’s content will incorporate the CAPS theme (Civic, Academic, Personal, and Social) as the Leader assists you in understanding and preparing for the start of the term and your successful career at UofL!


How does the program work?

At summer orientation, most of you will sign up for your “Academic Orientation Course” for the fall semester. One CAPS Leader is assigned to each of those classes. (There are approximately 75 orientation courses each fall across all academic units.)  After summer orientations end, starting in July, the online Blackboard component of the course shells are “turned on” early for all of our new students, and CAPS Leaders use the Blackboard shell to provide helpful info and support to their mentees in their class! 

CAPS Leaders have their own tab in the course Blackboard shell that you are encouraged to visit weekly (or more often!). Your CAPS Leader will email you each week, sharing important info and talking about their own experiences as a first-year student at UofL. Your CAPS Leader is here for you to answer any questions you have about getting ready to leave home, coming to school, and what college life will be like. Feel free to email them anytime you have a question, or just to let them know you’re out there!

The program wraps up at Welcome Week with the Meet Your Mentor Lunch.  The lunch is the perfect opportunity for you to connect with your CAPS Leader  in person and get to know the other students who will be in your Academic Orientation course! Because the program is entirely online, all of our incoming students and CAPS Leaders can be anywhere in the world during the program and still have the ability to communicate with one another.  Likewise, you can participate with one another through a variety of ways, including Blackboard discussion boards.

How do new students benefit from CAPS leader mentoring?

Easing the transition to college life and the University of Louisville

  • Making connections with upperclass students and other new students

  • Getting lots of good info and helpful hints from your CAPS leader

  • Your CAPS Leader can help you understand more about what college is really like


Bridging the gap between Summer Orientation and Welcome Week

  • With all these connections and all this great information, you’ll come to Welcome Week and the start of the term with friends and knowledge about the university— two very important keys to new student success!

Learning more about UofL technology & feeling ready for classes

  • Using Blackboard helps you learn early how it works, so you’ll feel better prepared for classes
  • CAPS Leader tips about Academics (books, professors, workload) can help ease your worries


How do I contact my CAPS Leader?

Look for an e-mail in your UofL CardMail account in July from your CAPS Leader!

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