The Application Deadline for the 2018-2019 Program Year has passed.

We will accept applications for the 2019-2020 program year in spring 2019. Please Email Us at with any questions or concerns.

Apply to be a mentee

Application: All interested students are required to submit an application consisting of short answer questions, an essay, and family information. Applicants must complete BOTH the Student Form and the Parent Form. 

Applications for the 2018-19 program year will be accepted from Thursday, March 1st - Thursday, April 5th, 2018.  Applications can be completed online at the links below:

The Recommender Form is only for students who would like to be nominated to the program, but have a GPA below a 3.0. A teacher, administrator, or community leader must complete the form.

Notes about the Online Application:

  • Please remember to choose "Boston" as the Chapter on the Student and Parent forms.

  • The online application will not always save your work. Please write all short answer and essay responses in a word document so your work is not lost! Once completed, copy and paste your responses into the online application.

  • Proofread, proofread, proofread! Before submitting your application, ask an adult to proofread your short answers and essay.

  • Use consistent labeling for all document uploads (First Name Last Name Document Name). For example, if your name is Mary Smith, your documents would be labeled:

    • Mary Smith Tax Forms

    • Mary Smith Transcript

For help with the online application email

Interview: Following the submission of applications on Thursday, April 5th, qualified applicants will be asked to interview with Minds Matter’s Executive Committee to gauge interest and assess commitment to the program. 

Selection: The selection process is highly competitive and results in a pool of dedicated and talented young adults. In 2017, less than one-third of applicants were accepted to Minds Matter Boston. 

Being a mentee

High school students are admitted as sophomores and spend three years in the program, receiving:

  • Free, 1.5 hour ACT prep course from our professional partners (The Princeton Review)

  • Weekly 2 hour mentorship from two dedicated young professionals

  • Paid tuition for college summer programs at leading universities

  • 3-year writing, public speaking, and professional development program

  • Expert guidance from our affiliate college preparatory partners

  • Full support in the college application process


Student Qualifications

  • Maintain a strong overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher

  • Are committed to pursuing a college education

  • Are in the Class of 2020 or Class of 2021 (majority of spots are open for Class of 2021)

  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch under federal guidelines

  • Demonstrate strong academic potential, motivation, maturity, and responsibility

  • Are active in extracurricular and/or community activities (part-time jobs included)



Sessions are held on Saturday at the MIT Campus.

  • Sophomore session is from 9:00 am - 2:15 pm.

  • Junior session is from 9:00 AM - 2:15 PM.

  • Senior session is from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

  • There are approximately 25 sessions each year.

  • Mentees are expected to attend 80% of these 25 sessions.

  • Mentees must agree to apply to and attend a recommended college-immersion summer program.

For any questions, please email