MOST Mentor Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the goals of the MOST Program
What are the benefits of the program?
What is the time commitment? 
What is the class about?
Can I be an RA/RM too?
What are my responsibilities?
What is the required GPA?
When do I get to move in early?
What is expected of me?
What is the application and selection process?
What happens at training?
Can commuters be mentors? 

1.    What are the goals of the MOST Program?

The MOST Program is designed to provide new transfer students with a network of peers that can aid them in the transition and challenges of transferring to a new institution. The program also aims to increase the number of transfer specific events on the campus.

2.    What are the benefits of the program?

For students who are selected as mentors - the benefits include an excellent network of peers, staff and administrators; opportunities to develop important skills like leadership, time management, communication and organization; the opportunity for personal growth through self analysis and reflection; a chance to earn 3 upper division credits; and the ability to move in a couple of days early in the fall. For new transfer students - the benefit is having a network of peers that have successfully transferred and our knowledgeable about all campus resources.

3.    What is the time commitment?

The MOST Program is a full year commitment.  The program begins the Fall semester and continues into the Spring semester. Mentors in the program will also be required to take GST 305 which meets one day a week during the Fall and Spring semesters. Other time commitments include some planning of and attendance at events. As far as hours per week, most mentors have reported only spending 2-3 hours per week on the program, but it does depend on how much support your particular mentees will want.

4.     What is the class about?

GST 305 is a class connected to the MOST Program. Mentors are required to attend class and contribute to class discussions and assignments. The GST 305 class is based around the program and is used for reflection and leadership training. GST 305 focuses on the development of events for the program as well as providing support for mentors.

5.     Can I be an RA/RM too?

Being a MOST Mentor will not stop you from being an RA/RM. Many of our past mentors have been RA's and RM's and the time commitment does not interfere. We regularly work with the Residence Life staff when there are time conflicts and overlaps.

6.     What are my responsibilities?

MOST mentors are assigned 25-30 new transfer students based on their major. The responsibility of a mentor is to contact and connect with new transfer students and be their source of information. Mentors are there to help and guide new transfer students and answer any questions they might have. Mentors are also responsible for planning and hosting events for transfer students. While this may seem like a lot, keep in mind that not all of the students that are assigned to mentors are responding at the same time.

7.     What is the required GPA?

You must be in good academic standing, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and cannot be on academic warning.

8.     When do I get to move in early?

MOST Mentors move in two to three days before the Fall semester begins. During this time mentors will go through a training which will prepare them for the program

9.     What is expected of me?

MOST Mentors are expected to complete training, attend class, contact and connect with transfer students, plan and implement events, and help students become more familiar with Oswego! 

10.    What is the application and selection process?

Once all applications are received, applicants will be a sent a notice that they are required to attend a group interview. During the group interview, applicants will be grouped and provided with an activity to do in the group setting. Applicants who move on to the next round of interviews will be invited for an individual interview with a current MOST mentor. Final decisions will be made prior to the start of registration for the fall semester.

11.  What happens at training?

Training takes place for about 2 1/2 days prior to the start of classes. Aside from being fun - the training is designed to help the selected mentors get to know each other better and get to know the campus and its resources better. All food is provided and we do our best to make everything fun. At the end of training, we have a nice sit down dinner - usually off-campus.

12.  Can commuter students be mentors?

Absolutely! About 1/3 of our new transfer students are commuters so it's important that we have mentors who are familiar with some of the struggles and challenges of being a commuter student at Oswego.