The Academic Peer Mentor Program occurs in the spring semester and offers the opportunity for first-year students (especially those who are first in their family to go to college) to be assisted by upper-level students. Mentors answer questions, resolve problems, and focus mainly on academics. Academic Peer Mentors are trained in learning assistance including organization, note taking, test taking, test preparation, and registration assistance. Students can email the Shepard Academic Resource Center to find a mentor.
First-year students placed on academic probation after their first semester at the University of Portland are required to meet weekly with an Academic Peer Mentor throughout the spring semester. Academic Peer Mentors help students plan a time management and study program to support their academic efforts.
Additionally, the mentors, who are UP students, have already completed their first academic year; therefore, they already took many of the core classes, and will be able to assist students with class preparation. Mentors are generally assigned to students who are in their same school, though the two may not necessarily share the same major. Mentors also can direct students to other resources available on campus, such as tutors, workshops, and faculty. Over 80% of students on academic probation who meet weekly with a mentor successfully complete their semester and are removed from academic probation.
The policy for Probation and Dismissal due to poor scholarship is explained in the University Bulletin.