Peer Mentors support first-year students in their social, personal and academic transition to CSUF. Peer Mentors serve in a section of University Studies 100 where they act as a resource, support system and role model to new students. Being a Peer Mentor provides an opportunity for upper-class students to learn about first-year transition; develop communication, facilitation, leadership and other skills; and contribute to the University. The Office of First Year Experience (OFYE) Peer Mentor Programs is certified by the International Mentor Training Program of the College Reading and Learning Association.
The goal of the Peer Mentor Program is to provide mentors with the knowledge and skills to foster academic success, encourage campus involvement and promote community engagement for first-year students. The Peer Mentors are supervised and supported by the professional staff members of OFYE as well as by the faculty and student services professional that they are teamed with. Peer Mentors help OFYE achieve their goals by participating in the University Studies 100 class section they are assigned to and playing an active role in class discussions, collaborating with First-Year Success Team members, and meeting with individual students to serve as a role model and mentor.
Mission: OFYE Peer Mentors are upper-division students who join a First-Year Success Team along with a faculty member and student services professional to support first-year students in a section of University Studies 100: Foundations for College Success, Lifelong Learning and Self-Development Course, a three-unit credit course. The Peer Mentor plays an active role in class activities and meets with individual students to serve as a resource and role model.
- Receive a Certificate of Recognition from the College Reading and Learning Association
3-unit elective credit towards graduation for University Studies 397: The Peer Mentor Experience course
- Free printing in the OFYE Lava Lounge for academic work
- Collaborate on a University Studies 100 team with a faculty and student services professional
- Ability to make a positive impact on first-year students as they transition to college
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- Junior or senior class standing, qualified sophomores will be considered
- Familiarity and sensitivity to first-year students’ transitional issues
- Knowledge of campus resources
- Desire for student involvement and leadership experience
- Demonstrated commitment to Cal State Fullerton
- OFYE alumni are highly encourage to apply
Roles and Responsibilities
- Attend and actively participate in all of your assigned University Studies 100 section meetings
- Meet regularly (weekly if possible) with your faculty and student services professional
- Meet in one-on-one contact meetings with each student in your assigned University Studies 100 class
- Serve as a role model and reliable resource to 20-25 first-year students in a section of University Studies 100 by introducing them to on-campus programs, services and activities and assisting them to become connected to the campus
- Provide assistance, support and encouragement to OFYE students
- Participate in OFYE events (e.g. Convocation, FSA events, End of the Year Celebration, etc.)
- Work cooperatively with other Peer Mentors and the OFYE staff
- Serve as a liaison between the OFYE and students in your University Studies 100 course
Interested in Applying to be a peer mentor?
If you are interested in becoming a Senior Peer Mentor (blue button) or Peer Mentor (orange button), please review application process or attend an informational session to learn more about the responsibilities and benefits, and ask any questions you may have about the peer mentor experience.
For additional questions, please contact the Office of First Year Experience at email@example.com