Starting Point Mentorship Program

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. 

Online Fall 2014 application opens on July 7th and closes on September 9th.  

Decisions will be emailed to students by September 12 and selected students should expect communication with their mentor within one week of that first email.

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

Fall Application Closed.

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 Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 pm or Wednesday from 2-3 pm in room 105 Cesar Chavez.  Course Control Numbers:

Social Welfare 197      Sec. 12       CCN:  80807

Room 105 Cesar Chavez Center

First session will  be in third week of classes (9/9 and 9/10)

For additional information, direct your questions via email to