Announcing Mentorship Programs for High School Students and Incoming Freshman

The College of Letters and Science has started compiling a list of campus mentorship programs to share with both high school students interested in attending UCSB as well as incoming freshman.  See below for details. We hope this information proves useful to both prospective and admitted students!

Research Mentorship Program

“The Research Mentorship Program is a competitive, six-week summer program that engages qualified, high-achieving high school students from all over the world in interdisciplinary, hands-on, university-level research. Students will be paired up with a mentor (graduate student, postdoc, or faculty) and choose a research project from a large list of disciplines offered by the program each year.”

Pathways to College

Santa Barbara Pathways works collaboratively with K-12, institutional, and community partners to ensure the academic success of first generation college-going students and support their pursuit of postsecondary education. Long term objectives include expanding educational and career opportunities by providing intensive academic preparation to students and cultivating a college-going culture in local schools.

Undergraduate Mentorship Program (UMP)

The UMP connects first year students with a Peer Mentor, who has familiarity with UCSB and can both share experiences and utilize his/her extensive training to help students achieve success.

EOP Peer Mentors

“EOP is proud of its peer program model, as it was the first program of its kind at UCSB. Our Mentors go through intensive training to assist and empower students to make an academically and socially successful transition to University life. EOP Mentors are dynamic student leaders from various class levels, academic interests and career goals. They are involved with campus life, student organizations and other support services.

Mentors are assigned to incoming students and maintain contact on a regular basis throughout the academic year. They hold office hours and coordinate programs in the Residence Halls and the Cultural Resource Centers.”

Cultural Mentorship Programs:

  • iBuddy- International Buddy Program: A mentorship program that connects international students with American students through Residential and Community Living.
  • La Familia: A mentorship program designed to promote academic success, build leadership, and uplift the Chican@/Latin@ Community
  • Asian Pacific Islander Mentorship Program: API cultural group has a home base at Anacapa, and is open to residents that identify with Asian/Pacific Islander.
  • Dr. Woods Black Scholar Mentorship Program: This program is open to all African American identified students at UCSB and is located in the black scholars LLC (living learning community) in Santa Rosa Hall.


The program pairs EEMB 3 students with mentors who previously took and excelled in the course. Two one-hour discussion sessions are held per week in which material from the class is reviewed.


News Date: 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016