Matched Advising Program for Sophomores

The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) is a program designed for sophomores interested in discussing the various decisions they want to make during their sophomore year. This may include:

  • Choosing a concentration,
  • Exploring career pathways,
  • Deepening their learning through self-directed research, and
  • Being better prepared for maintaining day-to-day health and wellness.

MAPS provides second-year students with a peer mentor, and the MAPS program coordinators facilitate group meetings, general awareness and access to the variety of resources offered at Brown and the Curricular Resource Center.

By pairing second-year students with junior and senior mentors for one-on-one and group-advising support, second-year students find themselves feeling better prepared to navigate concentration choices, career and research opportunities, "sophomore slump," and more. 

Interested in being a Mentor or Mentee? 

Click on the application links below! The deadline for mentor applications is mid-September, and the deadline for mentee applications is early September. Exact deadlines will be announced at the beginning of the '19-'20 Academic year. 

MAPS Mentor Application 

MAPS Mentee Application 

MAPS Program 2018-2019

This year, we will be able to accommodate approximately 130 sophomores.  We will accept applications and make matches on a first-come basis, and take into account availability of mentors by academic divisional area (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences).

 Mentors are expected to:

  1. Commitment to your mentee’s academic and personal development
  2. Meet with your mentee(s) at least once a semester
  3. Attend monthly mentor meetings
  4. Encourage your mentee to attend MAPS workshops

      Past events hosted by the Matched Advising Program for Sophomores:

      MAPS Mentee Reception

      MAPS Mentor/Mentee Kick-Off Event

      Welcome Back! Spring Reception

      Workshop #1 - Community at Brown

      Workshop #2 - Test-Taking Anxiety/Self-Care 

      Workshop #3 - Choosing a Concentration 

      Workshop #4 - Ask a Professor!


      Please email [email protected] or fill out our Anonymous Google Form to let us know how we’re doing or suggestions on how we can improve our events/program!

      Students gather for MAPS kick off brunchStudents gather for MAPS kick off brunch MAPS info session 2017MAPS info session 2017

      Note: Sophomores must declare concentrations by April 1.

      MAPS Learning Goals:

      • Teach MAPS students to feel comfortable accessing on-campus resources and articulating what they want from their academic relationships.
      • Develop a meaningful relationship with an older student in order to gain knowledge and experience about how to make decisions and navigate choices.
      • Think critically about how to choose a concentration, explore career paths, deepen their engagement with learning, and how to see making choices as a journey/growth process.

      MAPS Open Hours: TBA