Mentoring Opportunities for Alumni

Great mentors inspire—especially because they’ve been there.

The University College Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP) connects current students to University College and ABLE alumni mentors for guidance and support as students complete their undergraduate degree.

AMP Mentor Eligibility
In order for University College and ABLE alumni to take part in AMP, alumni must apply and be accepted into AMP. Eligible alumni will:

  • Be an Adelphi alumnus in good standing with the university (cannot have any outstanding academic or financial issues)
  • Agree to be listed in the AMP directory and database for current student selection
  • Agree to attend the AMP orientation and the AMP year-end networking event
  • Agree to contact current students via phone, email, or with an in-person meeting at least five times a year
  • Provide information on their degree major, current employment industry, current job title and duties, and graduate school degrees (if any) to assist students in their mentor selection

Program Format
University College and ABLE alumni will be listed as mentors and will be available for selection by current students once they’ve attended the orientation and provided information for the AMP database. Once the mentor request is made by a current student and verified by a University College staff member, connection information is given to the AMP mentor to begin the mentoring relationship. Students and mentors agree to at least five connections, but can continue the relationship through current student graduation. Participants in AMP enter the mentoring relationships on a voluntary basis and can end the relationship at any point.

The Matching Process
The matching process is designed so that students select their own mentor based on the profiles completed by the alumni mentors. In addition, alumni mentors indicate the type of services they are able to provide. Students review alumni biographies and select three possible mentors. Staff members confirm their match and send a copy of the student’s profile to the alumni mentor.

The Initial Meeting
Once a match has been confirmed, and the information is sent to each participant, the student is responsible for contacting his or her mentor as soon as possible. Contact between the participants can be in the form of mailings, phone calls, email, or personal meetings. The initial contact should be an informal one. It should be kept friendly and light—the goal is to have both parties at ease with each other.

There are many ways to support a student.

Academic Development

  • Help choose courses that are aligned with a student’s career goals
  • Identify relevant research centers and other opportunities on campus
  • Assist with learning effective problem-solving skills
  • Assist with identifying his or her strengths and areas of improvement
  • Encourage goal setting and achievement

Career Development

  • Give advice on career options
  • Discuss particular fields of interest
  • Share your experiences of working in a particular field
  • Take your mentee to work
  • Guide and support through the process of:
    • Researching internships, summer positions, and APAs and IPAs with specific employers
    • Selecting specific employers
    • Developing resumes and cover letters
    • Preparing for interviews
  • Introducing your student to a variety of resources for career preparation

Get involved in a mentoring relationship.

Become an Alumni Mentor

If you are interested in becoming a University College or ABLE alumni mentor, please contact Shawn O’Riley at

Request for an Alumni Mentor

Current University College students who wish to be assigned an alumni mentor should complete a Student/Mentee Application.

Please use the AMP Mentor Student View List to choose which mentors you would like to be matched with.

For more information, contact academic advising via email at or by calling 516.877.3412.


For further information, please contact:

University College
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