The Mentoring Mavs program matches upperclassmen with incoming students to provide guidance. Through this special relationship, peer mentors provide advice and support and serve as role models for their mentees. Challenges facing those being mentored include academic issues, social issues, such as pressures and possible different environments being at the college level and other typical difficulties of growing up. The use of a mentoring relationship is one of the most effective strategies that universities can use in attracting, retaining, and graduating students. Furthermore mentoring programs have been displayed as an effective approach with students who are first generation, low income or from underrepresented groups.