College Programming and Orientation

UChicago Mentoring Program

The UChicago Mentoring Program (UCMP) strives to foster community at the University of Chicago through peer mentorship. UCMP provides incoming first-year and transfer students with upper-class mentors to aid in their transition to College and the University of Chicago.

The goals of the UChicago Mentoring Program are:

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  • To assist incoming students in building relationships with upper-class students.
  • Provide new students with a personable connection to campus and the UChicago community.
  • Aid incoming students in their transition to College and UChicago.
  • Provide support and direction to new students when completing various to-dos relating to their transition to the University. 
  • Provide upper-class students with leadership opportunities and ways to engage and give back to the campus community.

Incoming students will receive an invitation from their Peer Mentor June, 2022!

Become a Peer Mentor

80 positions available

The College Programming Office is looking to hire 80+ upper-class students to serve as Peer Mentors for the UChicago Mentoring Program. Engagement between Mentors and incoming students will begin over the summer, and continue throughout the fall quarter with meaningful interactions during Orientation Week!

Peer Mentors are expected to attend training sessions during the spring quarter before they begin communicating with their mentees. Mentors will also receive a stipend, along with UCMP swag.


    Ariel Barnea

    Ariel is a second-year in the College majoring in Astrophysics and Business Economics. He is from Old Tappan, New Jersey, about ~30 minutes from New York City. Outside of academics, Ariel conducts Cosmology research at Argonne National Laboratory and is actively involved in the Model UN organizations on campus, traveling with the MUN team and heading up MUNUC’s Model UN tutoring program for students on Chicago’s south side. In his free time, he enjoys biking, taste-testing coffee shops, watching TikToks, and adventuring.

    Camryn Bourne

    Camryn is a second-year student from Atlanta, GA who is majoring in Comparative Human Development and is on the pre-med track. She long jumps and triple jumps on the UC Track & Field team and is a member of the Black Letterwinning Athletes Coalition. Camryn worked for the Development of Social Cognition Lab and hopes to pursue clinical research. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks, eating fun foods, and watching movies and TV shows with friends and family.

    Anna Katz

    Anna is a second year studying history and cinema & media studies. Outside of class, they are involved in Fire Escape Films, are a research assistant in the history department, and constantly exploring the on-campus coffee shops.

    Hayley Mirabile

    Hayley is a third year from the southwest suburbs of Chicago pursuing a major in Public Policy with minors in Human Rights and English & Creative Writing. She is a part of the University's Motet Choir and is the lead singer of the Dirt Red Brass Band. She is also a barista at eX Libris, and is a firm believer that the best alternative milk in a latte is oat milk.

    Rose Pikman

    Rose is a third-year at the college majoring in history. She is originally from Berlin, Germany, but went to high school in Dallas, TX. Besides working as a research assistant throughout her college career, she is a member of Triathlon Club, the International Student Advisory Committee, and student government as the archival historian.

    Vivian Soong

    Vivian is a third year from Boston majoring in economics and minoring in theater and performance studies. In addition to UCMP, she is involved in the UChicago Impact Investing Group (UCIIG), Core Tutors, and Bite Magazine. Outside of school, she is interested in the entertainment industry, specifically acting and production. Some of her favorite movies/shows are Miracle in Cell No. 7, Breaking Bad, Booksmart, and Shameless. She is also a HUGE foodie, so if you have any Chicago recommendations, definitely let her know!  

    Jeffrey Sun

    Jeffrey is a third-year studying Fundamentals: Issues and Texts. He is very proudly from New Jersey. He’s a member of the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative, and is also involved in University Theater on campus. Jeffrey enjoys drinking sprite and orange soda.

    Hayley Szymanek

    Hayley is a second-year double-majoring in computer science and creative writing. She works as research assistant in SUPERgroup, UChicago's computer security and privacy research group. She is also a member of the UChicago Womxn's Rugby Team and UChicago Survivor. In her free time, she reads and writes fiction, bakes, or binges sitcoms on Netflix. 

    Jillyn Turunen

    Jillyn is a third-year from Glendora, California who is majoring in pre-med neuroscience and double-minoring in biology and chemistry. Outside of class, she is involved in research at UChicago Medicine, City of Hope, and the USC Brain Tumor Center. She also volunteers with the Robie House and is a part of UC Cheer and Le Vorris and Vox Circus.

    2022 Application Cycle

    • Applications open - January 24
    • Applications close - February 11
    • Interviews following the close of the application
    • Training Dates
      • April 6
      • April 20
      • May 11
    • September Dates
      • September 23
      • September 24

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