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.
Find your mentor

Do you need help with your university application? We got you! 

Are you dreaming of studying at a top university, but you feel that you need some help with the application? Are you unsure if your chosen university or subject is for you? You’re in the right place! After signing up for our program, you will be paired with a mentor who is currently studying your dream subject, most likely at your preferred university. In a series of monthly calls, they will be able to support you in strengthening your application and share their experiences. We won’t charge you for anything but please remember that all mentors are volunteers, so try to use their time wisely! 

Sounds like something for you? Apply for a mentor now! 

How does it work?

First, we will check if you’re eligible for our program. If so, we’ll have a search through our database to find a suitable mentor for you. We base this on things like which course you want to study, the country/region you come from, and your dream university.


Time and communication

Project Access mentors are asked to give one hour a month of their time to each of the applicants that they help. All mentoring is done online. To make the most out of your mentor’s time we recommend that you use online calls to communicate, as this is a quicker way to relay information and advice than to write everything down.


When you are matched, your mentor is sent a set of modules to help guide your calls. These cover topics like personal statement writing, mock interviews, and test preparation. In the first call, you and your mentor will go through and decide which topics you are most interested in receiving help with. 

Dos and Don’ts

Your mentor will be able to answer questions about the application process for which you cannot find the answer yourself. You should use this as an opportunity to get some of the informal advice that is otherwise hard to find online. You should not use a mentor as a substitute for a search engine. Instead, make sure you have found out everything you can online first so that you and your mentor can spend time on other things - for example, how to tackle interview preparation or deal with the emotional stress of applying. A good place to start is by reading through our Curriculum.

Who can apply to get a mentor?

Project Access serves bright students from underrepresented backgrounds. Our requirements for who we help vary depending on which country/region you're applying from, but don't let that put you off. The countries and regions we focus on can be found here. Fill in the form below and we'll get back to you to let you know if you're eligible!

If you’re not eligible for a mentor, we’ve created a large base of resources for you to use instead. These are open to everyone – regardless of background or academic qualifications. Check out our ‘for applicants’ tab above for all the resources we produce, and if you’re applying to universities in the UK make sure to sign up to our UK application Journey, which takes you through every step of the application.

Which universities do we focus on?

At the moment we focus on the following universities.

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

Let’s get started!

The application for a mentor should take you about 15 minutes. It will ask what subject you’re most likely to study and what university you’re interested in, as well as what you’re passionate about, so it’s important that you’ve done some thinking about these things beforehand.

When we will have found you a match in our database, we will connect you with one of our amazing mentors!


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