New NIU student? Register for Student-Faculty Links mentorship program

Student-Faculty Links (SFL), a component of First- and Second-Year Experience, gives new NIU students a unique opportunity to be mentored by NIU faculty or staff in an informal setting outside of the classroom. This year, over 50 mentors, passionate about first-year student success, will serve as a supportive guide and resource for students.

Students mentored through SFL in fall 2016 shared that this experience helped them to feel more comfortable engaging with faculty and staff as well as making connections on campus.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to continue inviting students to apply for this program throughout the deadline date, Monday, Aug. 7. Applications are available for students online. The application includes a short survey used to match student-faculty mentor pairs with similar academic, professional or personal interests.

Mentors and students are notified in early August with each other’s contact information and are invited to attend informal “meet and greet” kickoff events hosted by First- and Second-Year Experience. All meetings after that are scheduled by the mentor and the student protégé to best fit their needs. First- and Second-Year Experience offers support in various ways as the mentor-protégé relationship develops throughout the semester.

Student-Faculty Links offers the guidance and encouragement of a faculty mentor and is highly beneficial for new students to have a more successful and enjoyable college experience.

If you would like to learn more about Student-Faculty Links, contact First- and Second-Year Experience at 815-753-0028 or

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