Transfer Mentoring Program

Transfer Mentoring Program

Feeling overwhelmed coming to Fredonia? There is a transfer student who knows what you are going through and is here to help you.

The Transfer Mentorship Program is here to assist Transfer Students with their transition to Fredonia! The program aims to pair incoming transfer students with current transfer students to provide guidance, knowledge, and support with their academic and social needs. Mentors will be a point-of-contact through personal weekly emails and will encourage their mentees to attend events and meetings throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. Our goal is to provide new transfer students with the resources to comfortably adjust and immerse themselves in the campus community!

Below you will see the steps (in order) to request and receive a Transfer Student Mentor:

1. Receive email from the Transfer Academic Advisor 

2. Fill out the Survey

  • You will find the link to the google form survey in the initial email you receive from the Transfer Academic Advisor

3. You receive a mentor

  • Once you complete the survey you will be assigned to one of the transfer student mentors

4. Lookout for the 1st outreach from your mentor

  • This will be the first communication you will have with your assigned student mentor

If you missed the survey deadline and would still like to receive a student mentor, please contact the Transfer Student Advisor, Joshua Croxton, and request a mentor.

Mentor Minimum Qualifications

  • Mentor must have at least one semester as a Fredonia student
  • Mentor must have transferred to Fredonia
  • Mentor are encouraged to attend as many transfer events as possible
  • Mentor should be able to communicate with people different than themselves
  • Mentor should be interested in helping others

Interested mentors also have the opportunity to participate in the program as an intern and receive one credit towards their course work. Along with the listed qualifications above, interns must also meet the following qualifications:

  • Maintain a 2.25 GPA
  • Comfortable working in a group environment 
  • Attend TSO and Tau Sigma meetings if eligible and do not have class conflicts 
  • Attend a minimum of one event 

Being a mentee comes with great opportunities. You can ask for help as soon as you get here! Whether you’re unsure of where your classes are or which clubs to join, there is someone who is willing to help. You’ll receive weekly emails from your mentor with both academic and social updates. This allows you to stay in the loop on what Fredonia's many clubs are offering. When the semester is over, you’ll have another familiar face to make Fredonia feel like home.


Brooke Strawder

Brooke Strawder

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Year in College: Senior

Major: Business Administration

Minor: Leadership Studies

Hometown: Gowanda, NY

Campus Involvement: President of the Transfer Student Organization, Secretary of Tau Sigma, Business Club, Beta Gamma Sigma, Golden Key, Jump Start Mentor

Hobbies: Skiing, Reading, Kayaking


Mentoring Testimonial:

I transferred in from Jamestown Community College after I got my two-year degree. I took a gap year and decided to come to Fredonia because it is close to home. I became a transfer student mentor because my own mentor helped me in my transition, so I wanted to be able to be an extra resource for students that were in the same position I was in. 

Advice for Incoming Transfer Students: 

My advice is to get connected with the people, professors, and clubs here on campus. Once you make yourself at home on campus, the whole experience becomes incredible. Don't be afraid to try new things because at one point the other students were in the same position you are now! These connections last for life, so make your time here count.

Favorite Part of Fredonia:

My favorite part of Fredonia's campus is the nature and outdoor spaces. We have really nice walking trails and sitting spaces where you can go to get work done or just hang out with friends! 


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