Mentoring at Elon

Meaningful Relationships Matter

At Elon, students develop lifelong relationships with faculty, staff and peers that lead to future success. These mutually beneficial relationships provide support along with academic, social, personal, cultural and career-focused learning and development.

Recognizing the importance of mentoring relationships for success and well-being not only in college but beyond, Elon University’s new strategic plan, Boldly Elon, leads with an ambitious agenda:

“Through a groundbreaking mentoring model, students will learn to build developmental networks that include peers, staff and faculty, as well as others beyond the university.

This lifelong constellation of mentors will emerge as a hallmark of an Elon education, engaging all students in developing essential skills and fluencies — writing, speaking, creative problem solving, collaboration, intercultural learning, data competency, media literacy, ethics and personal and professional agility.”

An Elon mentor sitting at a desk in their office across from their mentee.


A team of faculty and staff are charged with envisioning an infrastructure that provides students multiple pathways, skills and agency to build meaningful relationships and mentoring networks with a community of peers, faculty and staff.

A student wearing goggles and a white lab coat piping liquid into a glass bottle as a professor stands behind them.

Mentoring in Action

Whether they begin in the classroom, at a campus job, in an organization or residence hall, mentoring relationships have a lasting impact on faculty, staff and students. They often define mentors’ and mentees’ Elon experience.

An Elon mentor and their mentee sitting at a table in a cafeteria having lunch.

The Team

A group of faculty, staff, students and alumni were selected to participate on the Mentoring Initiatives Design Team, which is made up of the executive team, co-curricular subcommittee, curricular subcommittee and integration subcommittee.

A mentor and their mentee sitting at a round table on a brick patio looking at a laptop and notebook.

About the ACE Report

In order to conduct a careful study of the current landscape of mentoring in higher education and at Elon, an Elon team worked with the American Council on Education (ACE) on their new Learner Success Lab (LSL). Elon was one of ten institutions in the inaugural cohort.