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Academic Support

Great Start

Great Start, is a proactive support program that assists alternatively admitted students as they tap into their full potential at UM.  In conjunction with Admissions, the FSC works with Great Start students through their first year at UM.

Great Start Students

  • Register for 14-16 hours: ENG 101, MATH 131, one major-related course, two general education requirements
  • Attend monthly workshops designed to support students as they transition to college
  • Interact with a peer group led by a peer mentor
  • Meet with FSC staff to create a personal pathway to success

Great Start is a year-long program.

Great Start Peer Mentors

Great Start peer mentors serve as a familiar face on campus to support incoming Great Start students throughout their first year at UM. Great Start peer mentors offer advice, respond to question, connect students to resources, and encourage campus involvement.

Every Great Start student is assigned to a peer group led by a peer mentor.


Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
Earn a minimum of 24 hours by the fall that you will serve as a peer mentor
Clear judicial record
On campus the full academic year (Fall and Spring)

Peer Mentor applications deadline extended to March 1st.

Peer Mentor Application

Calendar of Events

August 18th – Welcome Weekend Kick-Off 2:00-3:30 in Wills 200

September 12th – Time Management and Study Tips 3:30-4:30 in Comer Auditorium

October 17th – Paying for College 3:30-4:30 in Comer Auditorium

December 3rd-7th – Finals Treat Week in Van Tuyll House

January 23rd – Values and Integrity 3:30-4:30 in Comer Auditorium

February 13th – MBTI 3:30-5:00 in EBSCO room (Library, lower level)

February 20th – Holland Code 3:30-4:30 in EBSCO room (Library, lower level)

March 13th – What Happens Next? 3:30-4:30 in Comer Auditorium

April 29th-May 3rd – Finals Treat Week in Van Tuyll House