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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

HHC Freshmen Mentoring Program

The mission of the Hutton Honors College (HHC) is to assist motivated students in developing their talents, abilities and skills to succeed in a complex technological and global society. The HHC Freshmen Mentoring Program was created by HHC students to aid in this development by providing friendship and support during the first transitional year of college. Administered by undergraduate interns and a staff advisor, the program is designed to provide students who are new to IU and the HHC with information on the rich academic life, cultural and co-curricular activities, and opportunities for personal development available to them.

Mentors are not academic advisors, counselors or close personal friends - although mentor and mentee pairs becoming friends is a possible outcome. Rather they serve new students as immediate contacts on campus who are able to help them adjust to life at IU and give them hints on how to take full advantage of all the resources and opportunities that exist on this large and complex campus - including tips on courses and professors, activities, organizations both on campus and in the community, and studying to succeed.

Problems that freshmen sometimes experience can include:

  • finding friends
  • homesickness
  • techniques of studying to succeed
  • campus involvement
  • career concerns
  • selecting courses
  • interacting with professors
  • tutoring
  • utilizing time efficiently
  • roommate issues
  • health and medical needs

Mentors cannot solve all the problems new students may experience, but they can suggest how to get the proper help and advice from support services and resources all over campus.

Matches are arranged on the basis of mutual interests and intended majors during the Summer Orientation Program in June. By early August all mentors will have the name of the new freshman they have been paired with and are expected to initiate contact and offer support as that student prepares to move to campus.

Mentors are expected to make contact with their mentee before he or she arrives on campus and to meet him or her no later than the first week of classes. They should see each other at least three or four times during the semester, especially before and after midterm exams. The Mentoring Program interns will organize a couple of optional events (such as a "scheduling party" prior to Spring semester registration in the fall).

All participants in the mentoring program will be invited to attend the Kick-Off Pizza Party at the beginning of the fall semester. Other group events that mentors and mentees can attend together will be scheduled throughout the fall and spring semesters. However, mentors and mentees are free to meet on their own as well.

Freshmen: Apply to be Matched with a Mentor. Fill out the application and submit it when done by Monday, July 20, 2015.

Continuing Honors Students: Apply to be a Mentor. Fill out the application and submit it when done.

For additional information, please email:

2015-2016 Executive Committee Members

Katherine Beck

Melissa Bond

Akshay Daga