Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Orkideh Mohajeri, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Dana Morrison, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline Hodes, Ph.D.

Committee Member

John Elmore, Ph.D.


In this paper, I will examine the impact that mentoring has on student-athletes. I look at what it is like to be a student-athlete in college today and I speak on the impact that mentoring can have on student success. I will explore the following questions: What impact does mentoring have on student success? What role can mentorship play to support students? Why does mentoring for college student-athletes matter? Should colleges provide additional support-services for student-athletes? I use Astin’s Theory of Student Involvement and Schlossberg’s Transition Theory to inform my program. I then introduce a mentoring program for student-athletes that can be used to implement the program into colleges and universities that do not have mentoring available for student-athletes. My overarching thesis is that universities should provide support services in some way for all students and specifically student-athletes. In this case specifically, I focus on mentoring for student-athletes to assist them in the transition to college and throughout their time as a student-athlete and to also teach them skills to succeed after college.