READY Mentoring

What is the READY Mentoring Program?Are You Ready?
READY Mentoring matches first-generation, low-income, first-time freshmen with community professionals 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 take place virtually (video conference) for 2020-21. You'll have a 30-minute appointment with your READY Mentor every other week in the fall semester. Mentor appointments will be set once a student has been accepted into the program and will occur on the same day/time every other week. Appointments can be scheduled based on mentor and student availability Monday-Friday from 10am - 5pm. All participants must be 18 years of age or older by 9/14/2020.

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 $500 completion grant which will be applied to your spring 2021 UofL bill. r

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 advice, consider these important ways that the 2019-20 participants outperformed in their first year relative to their counterparts who chose not to participate:

  • Fall Grade Point Average of participants was 0.45 points 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.Play Video

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

How do I sign up?

The application is closed at this time.

Program participation is by invitation only to students to meet the criteria: first-generation, low-income, full-time and first-time freshman in fall 2020. Once invited and before applying to be part of the program, make sure you're committed to attending your every-other-week sessions. This year the program can accommodate 43 student participants, so it's important that those who sign up and are selected are ready to make the most out of the experience.

To be considered, complete the program application by 11pm on Sunday, August 2. All applicants will receive notification of their status no later than August 7. If you are chosen to participate, you will then fill out a second information form to complete your enrollment.

If you have any questions about the program, contact Anika Strand, Student Success Coordinator, at