Matched Advising Program for Sophomores

The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) is a program for sophomores who are interested in discussing the various decisions they want to make during their sophomore year, related to how to:

  • Choose a concentration,
  • Explore career pathways,
  • Deepen their learning through self-directed research, and
  • Be 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 multitude 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. 

MAPS Program 2018-2019

Rising Sophomores: Thinking of applying to be a MAPS mentee? The application is due on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

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).

SAVE THE DATE:  The MAPS Mentee kickoff is on Friday, October 12, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Petteruti Lounge.


Juniors and Seniors: Passionate about advising? Be a MAPS mentor!  The application is due Monday, October 1, 2018. 

 Mentors are expected to:

  1. Meet with their mentee(s) at least once a semester-- they will receive Dining Dollars for coffee/tea meetings;
  2. Be trained on effective mentoring;
  3. Provide a bio to be featured online; and
  4. Try to volunteer for one of the MAPS panels throughout the year:
    • How to choose a concentration;
    • how to explore career pathways; 
    • how to do self-directed research; 
    • how to beat sophomore slump.

        Questions?  Email 

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        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.