Project Access is an international social enterprise that fights inequality in higher education by widening access to top universities. We help underprivileged students apply for, gain admission to and succeed at top universities – for students, by students and forever free of charge.
 
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We are glad that you are interested in donating your time to help unlock top universities for underprivileged students! If you choose to sign up for the programme, you will be paired with an applicant who wants to study a similar subject to yours, most likely at the same university. Your most important task will be to provide a realistic sense of what life at university feels like and to ensure that they are prepared for making a strong application. We expect you to spend about one hour per month per applicant – you may choose to do more than this, but we recommend that you set the expectations clearly at the very beginning. 

Still interested? Register as a mentor now!

What does a mentor do?

In our peer-to-peer mentoring program we match talented applicants from underrepresented backgrounds with current university students who can help them with the application. Mentors provide applicants with encouragement, application feedback and advice throughout the application process. We encourage applicants to do as much reading as possible and we give them a range of resources to go through beforehand, leaving mentors to focus on the things that can’t be learned through reading. It’s a minimal time commitment that can make a real impact on someone’s future!

We have country teams all around the world - you can find the list here. If you’re not from one of those countries or regions, you can still apply to be a mentor, but we don’t have outreach programs for finding students there, so we can’t guarantee that you’ll get a mentee from your country/region. If you think we should be in your country, you can have a look at our requirements for setting up a Project Access country team here.

We also have a large volunteer community that runs all our operations and growth strategy, so if you’re super keen and looking for an extracurricular in a budding startup, have a read about who we are.

 
 

Which universities do we focus on?

At the moment we focus on the universities listed below. We want to maintain a clear focus to build up on-campus communities and run events to keep in touch with our mentors.

UK Universities: 
Cambridge University
Durham University
Imperial College London
King’s College London
London School of Economics and Political Science
Oxford University
University College London
University of Warwick

US Universities: 
Brown University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University 
Princeton University
Stanford University
UC Berkeley
University of Pennsylvania
Yale University

Become a Project Access Mentor!

To become a mentor, click on the button below. To make sure we have all the information you need, make sure you have your university email so that we can confirm that you go to the university you’ve entered. If you recently graduated, you can send us a picture of your alumni card, admissions letter, or former student card to access@projectaccess.org to confirm your university. If you’re from the UK, you’ll need to complete a comprehensive training. More information about those can be found here.