Believe UA is a mentoring program designed to boost confidence and self-efficacy among undergraduates in need of guidance. The program helps support students by providing an essential connection point for guidance, developmental support, and conscious care during their early years at UA.

Students participating in the program enroll in HES 225: Academic Mentoring and can meet with one of our student staff or peer mentors throughout the semester. The course focuses on academics, social life, and financial management, in addition to physical and spiritual well-being. Students meet with program leadership and are then intentionally matched with a peer mentor who has learned the keys to success and with whom the student shares some commonality. Outside of the classroom, students meet weekly to foster their connection.

Believe UA has served more than 1,500 undergraduate students through mentoring relationships who have shown higher persistence rates, demonstrate significant improvements in their grade point averages for the semester and report greater levels of confidence in navigating the University environment and connecting with campus resources.

To participate in the program and receive a peer mentor, register for HES 225. If interested in joining the program after two weeks into the semester, reach out to Believe UA director, Dr. Mary Lee Caldwell, at mlcaldwell1@ua.edu.

Mentors

Student mentors come from diverse backgrounds and uphold ethical leadership behavior in their roles, where they are trained in accountability, conflict resolution, effective communication, and leadership.

Believe UA matches student mentors who have learned the keys to success with those who may be having difficulty adjusting to life at the Capstone. The program focuses on academics, social life, and financial management, in addition to holistic well-being. Outside of the classroom, students meet with their peer mentor weekly to foster their connection.

Apply to be a Believe UA mentor

Support

Financial support of Believe UA plays an integral role in sustaining student success at the Capstone and impact the lives of students for generations to come. For details on how you can support this program, visit the Support UA page.