For Mentees

The Starting Point Mentorship Program (SPMP) pairs eligible community college students with current UC Berkeley student mentors that offer guidance, motivation and access to admissions, campus, and community resources.

The program is specifically designed to encourage California Community College students from backgrounds that are underserved and/or "non-traditional" in higher education (re-entry students, student parents, veteran students, low income, first generation college students, underrepresented students, disabled students, etc.) and encourages all students to explore their academic potential and prepare for transfer to UC Berkeley.  Mentoring is conducted through email, phone calls, campus visits, workshops, and the use of online technologies. 

Fall Semester Requirements:

  • You will be applying to UC Berkeley by NOVEMBER 30, 2015 (current admission cycle)
  • You have a minimum GPA of 3.2 (competitive eligibility for UC Berkeley) 

Spring Semester Requirements:

  • OPEN TO ALL interested in learning about accessing higher education or UC Berkeley specifically.

Online Fall 2015 application is now closed, please consider reapplying for the Spring semester.  

Decisions will be emailed to students in about a week.

To participate in the Starting Point Mentorship Program, please submit the online application form at the following link:  

"Please note that the program will close either: (1) September 24  (2) At full capacity level of 250 mentees. Whichever comes first." 

For additional information, direct your questions via email to 

For Current UCB Students that want to become Mentors:

SPMP is a great opportunity to build community, gain leadership and mentoring skills, and give back to the community through helping aspiring community college students reach their academic potential.  In addition to working with a small cohort of mentees, mentors are typically required to take a weekly 1 hour seminar (1-2 units are available).

Mentors can choose one section on EITHER :

  1. Tuesday from 2-3 pm or
  2. Wednesday from 2-3 pm  

Course Control Number: Social Welfare 197 Section 5, CCN 81375

Location: Room #105 Cesar E. Chavez Student Center

First session will  be in third week of classes (TUE 9/8 -  WED 9/9)

Please follow this link to apply to be a SPMP Mentor: CLICK HERE

For additional information, direct your questions via email to