Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will I be expected to commit to the program?
Your available time and the student's level of need drives the nature of the mentor-student relationship. There is no orientation or training session, no scheduled regimen of meetings and events, no pre-determined cycle length, and no required activities or tasks. Mentors and student mentees are expected to continue the mentoring relationship until the mentee graduates from Xavier University. View our time commitment handout.

If I don't live in Cincinnati, can I still be a mentor?
Yes!  We have had many successful long-distance mentorships. The key is for the mentor to either be able to visit Cincinnati at least quarterly or to select a mentee whose hometown is where the mentor resides.This allows the face to face interactions to occur when the student is home during breaks.
Do I need to be a graduate of Xavier to participate?
No. Only 50% of our mentors are Xavier alum. The rest have joined the program through recommendations and mentor referrals.
How do I apply?
Mentor candidates are asked to complete the online mentor application form.  Once the application has been received, it will be reviewed and mentors will receive a response within 7-10 business days.
Will I be paired with a mentee?
No.  Mentors select their mentee using the online mentee selection site.  Once your application is approved, you will receive further directions on how to select your mentee.  We request mentors make their selection with one week of being approved to the program.
Must I select a mentee with the same major/degree as me?
No. Often mentors select students who share similar interests based on information provided on the application. This may include hometown, industry/field of interest, hobbies or other non-academic similarities.
What will happen once I make my selection?
You will be sent information via email about your mentee. Your mentee will meet with the program coordinator to receive additional information on getting started with the mentoring relationship.  Your mentee will reach out to you within 3 days following this meeting.  Lastly, you'll receive monthly information via email from the Mentor Program staff to assist you with your mentoring relationship.
Am I expected to get my mentee a job/internship?
Absolutely not! Mentors are not responsible for offering a job or internship. The purpose of this program is to receive additional support and guidance, which could, but not always, lead to tips about jobs/internships.  The Career Development Office offers one-on-one coaching, programming and additional resources to assist students with job/internship searches.
Where can I get more information?
Please contact Sarah Brinker-Good, Mentor Program Coordinator, with questions.