Scale personalized support to every New student

  • Our programs pair incoming students with community mentors pre-arrival.

  • Mentors support students as they transition and acclimate to college life.

  • Mentors provide personalized support to students who are undecided or come from diverse backgrounds (i.e. first-generation students, low income students, etc.). 

  • With Shearwater, partners leverage their existing resources to deliver a significant return on investment.


Students participating in Tufts' inaugural cohort saw a 4.1% increase in retention relative to the 3-year trailing average and a 3.8% higher retention rate relative to the overall university average.


A non-profit university Of Faith saw:

  • Increased likelihood of retention by 22%

  • Decreased likelihood of academic probation by 250%.

  • Based on initial results from a 2016-17 Randomized Control Trial.


What makes this program unique?

Community Mentors: Recruiting mentors from the community helps build excitement among incoming students about what makes your school unique.

Individualized Curriculum Pathways: Providing personalized curriculum to provide the right kind of support for students with diverse backgrounds

Real-Time Reporting: Delivering insights and data straight to administrators through our online platform allows you to track progress and see impact.


Shearwater quickly became a significant piece of our student success strategy by helping us deliver personalized and authentic support to our young men of color.
— Dr. Byron Howlett, Interim Associate VP and Dean of Students, Cal State Poly Pomona