Mentoring is a great way to apply your knowledge and make a difference in students' lives. The Alumni Association can connect you to our online career and networking platform or with a collegiate mentor program that fits your interest and connects you with students looking for career advice.


2 Ways to Mentor

1. Join the Maroon and Gold Network

It's an easy way to give career-related advice to current students and fellow alumni. Career development doesn’t end at graduation, so you can further leverage the platform by reaching out as well for your own career advice from fellow alumni. Browse the network of individuals who are willing to share insights by industry, college, major, degree type, employer, and location.

Visit UMAA's Maroon and Gold Network

2. Join a collegiate mentor program

The University's collegiate mentor programs offer some of the best formalized mentor opportunities in the country. You'll be matched with a student based on application and career preferences.

View formal mentor programs

Mentoring Guide App

Download our Free Mentoring Mobile App for helpful tips & articles, campus resources, & a directory of mentor programs at the U

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You don't need to be an expert in politics or higher education to support the UMAA's efforts in the community or legislature. This is your one-stop-shop for some simple yet effective ways to spread the word about the great things happening at the University.

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3 Ways to Advocate

1. Inform Yourself and Others

The University of Minnesota and its alumni are making a big impact locally, nationally and internationally. Stay in the know and share the exciting thing we are doing.

See how you can make a difference

2. Take Action

Learn about the easy ways to help the U of M succeed at the Capitol by becoming part of UMN Advocates.

Visit the UMN Advocates Website

3. Show Your Pride

Advocating can be as simple as wearing your school colors and displaying your diploma. Check out the latest Gopher apparel and accessories at the U of M Bookstore where Alumni Association members get 20% off apparel and gifts.

Visit the U of M Bookstore



Alumni networks around the globe are powered by volunteers who coordinate and communicate with fellow alumni to provide social and business connections that enrich lives. Be an active alumnus by volunteering your time and talent.

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2 Ways to Volunteer

1. Volunteer with an Alumni Network

There are U of M alumni networks in almost every state and across the globe.

Find your alumni network

2. Become an Alumni Admissions Ambassador

The Alumni Admissions Ambassador Program allows alumni to promote the U of M in their geographic area, from coast to coast.

Learn more about the Ambassador Program

Need help in finding the right volunteering opportunity?

Contact the Alumni Association office and speak with a representative who will help connect you with the right opportunity for you.

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