Princeton University Mentoring Program


Sponsored by the Carl A. Fields Center, the Princeton University Mentoring Program (PUMP) is an internationally certified mentoring 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.

Apply to be a mentor or mentee

Mentee applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now open and will close on Friday, September 20, 2019. Mentee Applications are for incoming FIRST-YEAR students in the Class of 2023.

2019-2020 Mentor Applications for sophomores, juniors, and seniors are now closed.

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.)

2019-2020 PUMP Board Members

Contact Information

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

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