Scholar Mentors and Transfer Scholar Academic Coaching

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Mentors, coaches, advisors, oh my! Not sure of the difference, here's a quick overview:

Scholar Mentors are student leaders who encourage Year 1 Scholars in 1:1 and small group settings to foster a successful transition to Cal Poly by referring students to resources, supporting academic success, and fostering a sense of belonging​.

Scholar Transfer Academic Coaches are student leaders who coach transfer students to succeed academically through study tips, time management, term planning, and more.

Academic Advisors & Retention Specialists are professional staff members who support students with academic planning, understanding and navigating academic policies, registering for classes, and more.

Incoming Year 1 Scholars

Year 1 Scholar Mentorship

As a new student in the Cal Poly Scholars program you'll be partnered with a mentor! 

We understand that there could be a lot of unknowns in your transition experience at Cal Poly, and our Scholar Mentors understand that too! Mentors are here to help you develop positive academic habits and study skills, teach you about the campus culture and help you find your niche, clarify university policies and procedures, direct you to campus and community resources and services, and be your biggest supporter!

By accepting the Cal Poly Scholars award, you commit to meet with your mentor at least once per quarter, for a total of three (3) meetings during the academic year – though most mentees meet with their mentor more! These connections may include one-on-one interactions, small group gatherings, and/or participating in Scholars community events together

Meeting with your mentor will begin in the fall quarter. You’ll be notified of your assigned Scholar Mentor around the start of fall quarter. Stay tuned and check back on this site for more information this summer. We look forward to meeting you and hope to see your participation in our mentorship program! 

Incoming Transfer Scholars

Transfer Scholar Academic Coaching

As a New Transfer Scholar, you will have the opportunity to join our Transfer Scholar Academic Coaching program offered through the Transfer Center for the duration of your first year. 

We understand that there are many challenges transitioning to a new campus and our Academic Coaches know that too! Having a Transfer Scholar Academic Coach will provide you tailored peer connections from Transfer Scholars to guide you and support you in your personal transition to Cal Poly. With special focus on academic support and helping clarify university policies and procedures Transfer Scholar Academic Coaches can connect you to campus and community sources unique to your needs.

By joining the academic coaching program, you will be paired with a Transfer Scholar Coach who you will be required to meet with a minimum of once (1) per quarter for total of three (3) meetings during the academic year. These connections may include one-on-one interactions, small group gatherings, and/or participating in Scholars community events together.  

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