Research in Higher Education

, Volume 50, Issue 6, pp 525–545 | Cite as

Mentoring College Students: A Critical Review of the Literature Between 1990 and 2007

  • Gloria CrispEmail author
  • Irene Cruz


In response to the mounting national support provided to mentoring programs and initiatives in higher education, the present article updates a review article written by Jacobi (Rev Educ Res 61(4):505–532, 1991). The article revisits the mentoring literature in an attempt to re-frame and update the definition and characteristics of mentoring provided by Jacobi. It also synthesizes and critically analyzes empirical literature specific to mentoring college students published between 1990 and 2007. Finally, the article presents broad theoretical perspectives of mentoring from the business, psychology and education literature in preface to a proposed theoretical framework specific to mentoring college students. The article concludes with specific recommendations to advance the mentoring literature.


Mentoring College students Student success Literature review 


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  1. 1.Department of Educational Leadership and Policy StudiesThe University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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