Providing a University-wide Mentoring Experience
The Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program is designed to help new freshman and transfer students successfully transition to KSU while giving students leadership development experience. Our peer mentors are student leaders who are academically successful and represent all majors across campus. Mentors help new students understand and prepare for the academic and social demands of college life as well as encourage a sense of community. Mentoring topics range from making campus connections, strategizing and preparing for academic success, discovering goals and personal path, overcoming challenges, and promoting positive and healthy habits. The Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program contributes to the retention, progression, and graduation of KSU students by helping students find the resources they need to be successful at KSU. The Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program is a part of the Department of Student Leadership and Service in the Division of Student Affairs.
Programs and Services:
- One-on-one mentorship matching
- Small group mentoring opportunities
- Mentor Training and development opportunities
- Professional and personal development workshops and seminars
- Study halls, academic enrichment, and group networking
- Event programming and socials
- Advanced Leader League: Odyssey LEAD Mentors
- Student Mentoring Association RSO
- Mentoring focused community engagement projects
Odyssey by the Numbers
The Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program serves over 2,000 students annually through mentor matching, event programming, and campus life activities. Our first-time, full time freshman mentee students have an average GPA of 3.06 and 32 credit hours earned after the first year. Students who are mentees beat the general KSU retention rate at 86% compared to 78%. Our peer mentors are academically competitive students with an average GPA of 3.4 and come from every college.
What We're About
Achieving Academic Excellence
Getting Students Connected
Getting Students Engaged
Finding Where You Belong
Setting Realistic #Goals
The Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program carries out the vision and mission through the following goals:
Assist participating students with personal, social and academic skills which enable them to understand the challenges of college and increase the likelihood of retention, progression, and graduation.
Provide students with leadership development opportunities and experiences in which students can give back to the campus community and beyond.
Goal ThreePromote the concept of mentorship across campus by engaging in programming related to all aspects of mentoring (peer-to-peer, professional-to-student, academic mentoring, faculty/staff-to-student, and college student-to- K-12 youth), professional development, and community building.
Goal FourCollaborate with internal campus departments, offices, and organizations to support mentoring efforts on campus.
Goal FiveSeek out professionals in the community, both internally and externally, to bring knowledge of professional development, academic success, personal development, and career success to students on campus.
Goal SixProvide social and engagement events/activities where students can connect with other students, establish friendships and deepen social networks on campus.
Goal SevenUtilize appropriate assessment measures to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program.