Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

STARS Mentorship Program

Students Together Are Reaching Success

Since 1986, the Students Together Are Reaching Success (STARS) program has supported the retention and success of Loyola students. The program connects first-year students of color and first-generation college students with successful upper-class students for individual and group mentoring. Mentors provide mentees with guidance and advice throughout the first year of college, and assist with their transition to campus life. In addition, mentees participate in academic, social, cultural, and leadership activities designed to support and facilitate their success at Loyola. The STARS program is funded with generous sponsorship from the Siragusa Foundation, a local family foundation committed to supporting Chicago-area organizations that focus on arts and culture, education, the environment, health, or human services.

Program Vision

All first-year students at Loyola University Chicago will successfully transition into and persist through their first year of college, as well as be adequately prepared – academically, socially, and personally - to complete the remainder of their college experience at Loyola.

Program Mission
To provide students of color and first-generation students in their first year of college with the support and resources to successfully adapt to the academic, co-curricular, personal, and social rigors of college, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to persist into their second year.

As a mentee of the STARS program, you will:

  • Be matched with peer mentor throughout your first year in college. All mentors are past mentees of STARS and have a significant amount of knowledge and resources that will help you be the best student possible.
  • Attend monthly social activities, cultural events, and educational workshops specifically designed for STARS mentees to meet other first-year students and learn about resources for college success.
  • Be eligible to apply for a scholarship award to cover a portion of tuition costs for the spring semester. Scholarship recipients also have the opportunity to participate in activities to enhance leadership skills.