Marshall Mentor Program

Unique to Thurgood Marshall College, the Marshall Mentor Program is a year-long program providing transfer students the opportunity to work closely with faculty who will share their knowledge and experience in order to better equip students for study at UCSD. Faculty mentors are carefully matched with first year transfer students based on their interests, field of study and educational goals. Originally launched in 2006 the program has served over 463 students. 

Calendar of Events

Mandatory Student Orientation Sessions

A: Thursday, October 23rd 3-4pm in the Marshall College Admin bldg. confrence room 126

B: Friday, October 24th 3-4pm in the Marshall College Admin bldg. confrence room 127

MMP Welcome Reception: Students and Faculty – Wednesday, November 5th 3-4:30pm at the UCSD Faculty Club, Lounge

Winter Quarter Mixer - Wednesday, February 4th from 3-4:30pm - Marshall College Administration Building – Conference Room 127

Spring Quarter End of the Program Reception - Wednesday, June 3rd from 3-4:30pm – UCSD Faculty Club, Seuss Library Room


Marshall College currently supports 2,200 active transfer students and is welcoming an additional 602 new transfer students in Fall 2013. The mission of the Marshall Mentor Program is to;

  • Increase student interaction with faculty and prepare transfer students with the necessary tools to be academically successful
  • Learn more in the area of your study by working with an expert faculty member
  • Build and strengthen leadership skills
  • Learn more about University resources to assist in assimilating to life on campus

How does the program work?

  • Students must apply at the beginning of the fall quarter to participate in the program
  • Applicants that are accepted are required to make a commitment to attend allscheduled activities through-out the year and meet all program requirements
  • Students are matched with faculty based on major, academic interests and other identified criteria
  • Faculty mentors will work with a maximum of three transfer students and may conduct meetings individually as well as in groups
  • Mentees must meet with their faculty a minimum of three meetings per quarter
  • MMP staff will notify student in mid-October via email of application results

What is a Faculty Mentor?

A faculty mentor is a professor interested in cultivating vital, academic connections with new Marshall College transfer students. Participating faculty— closely aligned with the student's area of study— will connect with a maximum of three transfer students acting as a guide and a resource throughout the current academic year. Mentors can meet with their students during office hours, over coffee or in their research facilities.

Mentor relationships are a fantastic opportunity to use your talent, knowledge, and ideas to make a difference in a student’s academic growth and development. As a mentor, you will find yourself being a guide, a networking resource and a coach reinforcing positive accomplishments. You have the opportunity to encourage and guide an incoming transfer student in a direction that will enhance their academic career.

If you are interested in serving as a faculty mentor email

Faculty mentors benefit from:

  • Full staff support through-out the program
  • Recognition by Marshall College on the Marshall College website homepage
  • Visibility to their respective department Chair with a letter from the Marshall College Provost stating his/her contribution to the program and student population
  • Participation in Marshall College events through-out the academic year
  • Recognition by Marshall College with a certificate of appreciation

What is a Student Mentee?

Mentees are newly enrolled Marshall College transfer students who have applied and been accepted into the MMP program. Mentees must be interested and dedicated to establishing and maintaining meaningful connections with UC San Diego faculty members.

Student mentees benefit from:

Marshall College transfer students who participate benefit from:

  • Guidance, direction, advice, and encouragement from an accomplished UCSD faculty member in their area of study
  • Formal and informal networking opportunities
  • Participation in MMP hosted events through-out the academic year
  • Full support of a staff representative in the Academic Advising Office, Student Affairs Office and Provost Office
  • Recognition by Marshall College with a certificate of completion

The student application process is now closed for the 2014-2015 year. We will begin accepting applications again in September 2015. Thank you.

Contact Information


Thurgood Marshall College Admin Building
Provost Office

Office Hours

Call the main office for available walk in hours

Mailing Address

Marshall Mentor Program
Mail Code 0509
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093-0509