Circles of Success Mentoring Program


The purpose of this mentoring program is to connect each incoming student (both first-year students and incoming transfer students) with a peer and a professional staff mentor. The peer mentor role will be fulfilled by the Student Success Mentor. The professional staff mentor will be fulfilled by the Neighborhood Directors.

Student Success Mentors will assist incoming first-year and transfer students in their transition to MSU by providing support and resources. Student Success Mentors will engage with incoming students through weekly social activities, weekly student success chats, monthly one-on-one check-ins, and ongoing group messaging.

Student Success Mentors will support our incoming first-year and incoming transfer students in navigating the transition to MSU by offering assistance and guidance with academic and social adjustments, connecting to resources, educating about and modeling success behaviors, fostering relationships between students and building a welcoming, inclusive, and respectful community with new students.

Your Spartan’s success is at the center of everything we do. Make sure your incoming student registers to participate in our remote student success outreach. 

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Check out the 5 different Circle Communities below:
  • Local Spartans Community

    This community is for students who are currently living in the East Lansing or Greater Lansing area (Ingham, Eaton, or Clinton county) in Michigan during the Fall 2020 semester or for any student receiving a Michigan Promise scholarship. This is especially a good fit for students who are excited to engage with the East Lansing community. In this learning community, students will focus on being engaged citizens in their community and making a positive impact.  

  • Intercultural & Diverse Experiences

    Students in this community will explore diversity in identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences among individuals and groups, while also gaining a better understanding of one’s self (identity). Students in this community will foster an appreciation for diversity as well as attempt to establish positive academic, social, and cultural networks. In addition to enhancing the support of students with underrepresented and/or marginalized identities, this community will introduce campus resources that allow for students to make connections and identify supportive spaces that will increase their overall academic achievement.  

  • Transfer and Non-Traditional Student Experiences

    The Transfer and Non-Traditional Student Community brings together students who arrive at Michigan State University with valuable college and life experiences. Students in this community will receive information on navigating MSU, academic/career support resources at MSU and involvement opportunities that are geared specifically towards transfer and non-traditional students; all while making connections with peers that could last a lifetime. 

  • High Impact Experiences for Active and Engaged Learning

    Through active and engaged out of classroom experiences, students learn by doing and then reflecting on the learning. You will be introduced to MSU programs offering internships, education abroad, community service, leadership experiences, research opportunities and on-campus employment, among others. We will also explore the concept of personal initiative and how to create opportunities for yourself. These experiences also help you develop key skills that employers look for in college graduates including the ability to work in a team; make decisions/solve problems; communicate; plan, organize, and prioritize work.  

  • Purpose Driven Experiences

    This group will focus on developing skills and characteristics, as well as the access to academic resources necessary to optimize your MSU experience. Through purposeful engagement, inquiry, and self-reflection, we will examine your values, interests (personal, academic, and career), and aspirations. Additionally, we’ll explore how consistently connecting to academic support resources can positively impact your success. These activities will provide you the opportunity to take a meaningful inventory of your strengths, beliefs, and passions while pursuing career goals and discovering your purpose.

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