READY Mentoring

What is the READY Mentoring Program?

Are You Ready?READY Mentoring matches first-generation first-time freshmen with faculty and staff for one-on-one mentoring. Mentors can help ease your transition to college and discuss strategies for success in college and in life. What you and your mentor discuss will be largely determined by you and your experience transitioning to UofL, but no matter what the topic you can count on your READY Mentor to help connect you to people and resources that will enhance your success inside and outside of class.

How does the program work?

Mentoring will most likely take place virtually (Teams video conference) for 2023-24. You'll have a 30-minute appointment with your READY Mentor every other week in the fall semester starting in mid-September. Mentor appointments will be set once you've been accepted into the program and will occur on the same day/time every other week during each semester. READY is a year-long commitment. Appointments can be scheduled based on mentor and student availability Monday-Friday from 9am - 5pm.

What are the benefits of being part of the READY Mentoring Program?

Participants who attend all 6 of their fall mentoring sessions will receive a $400 completion grant which will be applied to your UofL bill for the following spring. Mentoring continues in the spring semester with the same mentor. If you complete all 6 of your spring appointments you'll earn another $400 completion grant which will be applied to your UofL bill for the following summer or fall.

This financial benefit isn't the only way you'll gain from participation. Aside from building your personal and professional networks and getting great tips and Play Videoadvice, consider these important ways that the past participants outperformed in their first year relative to their counterparts who chose not to participate:

  • Fall Grade Point Average of participants is higher than non-participants
  • Participants earned more credit hours in their first year
  • Participants continued enrollment in spring courses at a higher rate than non-participants, a trend which is expected to extend to first-year to second-year retention overall

These are all important markers of student success, which engaged program participation can help you achieve.

Still unsure? Click on the video to hear more about the program from students and mentors.

How do I sign up?

Applications closed Friday August 25. Check back for spring 1st UP applications near the end of fall.

Before applying to be part of the program, make sure you're committed to attending your every-other-week sessions each semester. This program has limited space for participation, so it's important that those who apply and are selected are ready to make the most out of the experience.

The application deadline for the READY Mentoring program is Friday, August 25, 2023. Applicants will be notified of a decision by UofL email no later than Friday, September 1, 2023.

If your application is accepted and you're chosen to participate, you'll then be required to fill out an onboarding information form to complete your enrollment in READY Mentoring.


If you have any questions about the program, contact .