Princeton University Mentoring Program


Sponsored by the Carl A. Fields Center, the Princeton University Mentoring Program (PUMP) is a program for students of color designed to assist first-year students in their academic, cultural, and social acclimation to Princeton. PUMP pairs each first-year student (mentee) with a sophomore, junior or senior who serves as a peer mentor to help mentees navigate campus life and create a network of support.
Through this program, mentees gain a sense of belonging and community, participate in academic workshops and social activities, increase their knowledge of campus resources, and build connections with peers, campus professionals, and alumni.

Mentor/Mentee Relationship

PUMP offers one-on-one mentoring. Each mentee is paired with a mentor based on several factors including intended major, professional interests, hobbies, hometown, race, ethnicity, gender, and languages spoken. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet regularly for 3-4 hours per month throughout the academic year.
To further enhance the mentor/mentee relationship, PUMP also offers educational workshops, study breaks, off-campus trips, and monthly socials.

Mentors are often able to offer guidance on:

  • Academic Issues (course selection, time management, campus resources and services)
  • Campus Involvement (organizations, athletics, intramurals, etc.)
  • Professional Development (internship/summer opportunities, networking, career advice)
  • Relationship Building (with faculty, campus professionals, and alumni)
  • Social Issues (roommates, friends, family, etc.)

Apply to be a mentor or mentee!

Mentor and Mentee applications are released in August before the academic year. If you are interested in becoming a part of PUMP for the 2018-2019 academic year, please click below and sign up to receive an email when applications open.
I am interested in becoming a MENTOR!
I am interested in becoming a MENTEE!

2017 - 2018 PUMP Board Members

Contact Information

For more information or questions, please contact Program Coordinator, Victoria Yu, at or

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