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Compass Program

The Academic Compass Program is a mentoring program that supports undergraduate students with advising, tutoring, and navigating issues of transition in academic, creative, social, cultural and personal areas. 

"The Compass program has shown me that there are people who care for my well-being and are dedicated to helping me achieve my goals."
- Szu-chieh Yun, Painting Major

The program was established in 2001 to connect and support students with mentors, faculty and staff during their transition to college. This diverse group includes first generation college students, students from alternative, non-traditional or under resourced high schools due to inequities in the educational system.

"Compass is an awesome program. I’ve had great experiences with the staff and teachers involved. They will help you with your needs and treat you as a creative individual."
- Tiffany Ramos, Illustration Major

Program highlights
  • Weekly workshops, retreats, visiting artists and lectures serve as forums where community is fostered and student voices are heard and encouraged
  • Compass works in collaboration with academic services, Student Development, and other College-wide departments
  • An annual field trip to New York City exposes students to contemporary art in museums and galleries
  • Compass retreats present students with the opportunity to connect with faculty and strengthen friendships
  • The annual Compass Exhibition in the Brant Gallery displays the breadth and depth of work by Compass students across all disciplines
  • MassArt alumni are invited to Compass to share stories, make connections, and strengthen the Compass network

Contact Lyssa Palu-ay, Dean, Office of Justice, Equity and Transformation at or 617.879.7782