Sophomore Academic Mentoring (SAM) Program


Sophomore Academic Mentoring (SAM) assists second year students in reaching their academic goals by being mentored and guided by UTPA junior and senior students. Junior and senior mentors serve as “voices of experience” in order to support sophomore students in successfully completing their second year in college. Please read through our content within the site to get a better understanding of what our program offers. Thank you.

Leading the Way for Sophomores

The Division of Academic Affairs celebrates the success of the University Academic Advising Center's (UAAC) Sophomore Academic Mentoring. Now in its sixth year, SAM has expanded with mentors (junior and senior students) each guiding 17 sophomore protégés within their college. As role models, mentors not only offer academic encouragement and guidance, but they also encourage their protégés to join them at social and athletic events on campus. To enhance their knowledge of the educational process at UTPA, mentors attend presentations sponsored by various campus departments and receive training by their Academic Career Advisor supervisors.

Apply to be a Mentor. Click here.


to be a
Protégé Today! 

(Registration is closed)



1201 W. University Drive Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
956/665-UTPA  1-866-441-UTPA
UTPA Bronc