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Maverick Mentors

About the Program

Maverick Mentors is a student mentoring program sponsored by The Follett Student Leadership Center. New students, or mentees, are matched with returning students, or mentors, by major, school, college or simply interests. Participation in the program is free and open to all students. Matching occurs at the beginning of each fall semester and formal mentoring relationships are established throughout the fall and spring semesters. Mentors share invaluable knowledge, passing on what they have learned; mentees, realizing how it benefited them, continue the tradition, some serving as mentors their sophomore through senior years.  All positions are voluntary.

Maverick Mentors Mission

The Maverick Mentors Peer Mentoring Program fosters positive, individual mentoring relationships for new students in their transition to the UTA community by matching them with a successful returning student who offers support and resources throughout the first year at UTA.  

Program Success

Studies completed in 2001 and again in 2012 point to the success of the Maverick Mentors Peer Mentoring program.  Although mentee program participants were less academically prepared when they began their college careers than the general student population (based on test scores), after participating in the program they:

  • Were found to have higher GPA’s
  • Enrolled in more hours
  • Were retained at a higher rate
  • Graduated at a higher rate
  • Constituted a higher percentage of female and minority students (than reflected in the general student population).


The program began in 1994 as a result of a recommendation from the Student Service Fee Advisory Committee. The program is active in all schools and colleges on campus. Over the past twenty years, thousands of students have given and received support through our program.

Here's what our mentees had to say about their mentors:

"She has become my best friend. She encourages me to expand academically and socially. She gives me hope and guidance for my future since we are the same major. She amazes me with how involved and accomplished she is at UTA. I hope to be as great as her one day." - Kylie Dougherty 2016

"Since we are both business majors, we shared a lot of classes together, and he always helped me in those classes like Economics, Calculus, Political Sciences. We are very close friends outside of the program. He invited me to the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and helped me to initiate. He also pushed me to run for many leadership positions and organizations like Chair for Halloween Casino Night for EXCEL, Fellowship Chair for APO,... and instructed me on the necessary steps to complete the Accomplished Level of the Leadership Honors Program. He helped to make my transition from high school to college extremely smooth and fun." - Peter Pimolsi 2016

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