What is Peer Mentoring?
The Peer Mentoring Program helps new students during their first year at Cal U by matching them with upperclassmen, typically in the same major. College is very different from high school, so the peer mentor eases the transition by serving as a support and resource person who provides information, encouragement and guidance.
Did you know that Cal U freshmen who have mentors move on to their second year of college at a 10% higher rate than freshmen without mentors?
The freshman or transfer student assigned to a mentor is called a protégé. The program offers each protégé:
- A built-in resource/support person in your major who you can talk to about what to expect when you arrive on campus
- A guide to help you find your way around, before and after classes start
- A contact who can keep you up to date on requirements and deadlines in your major and campus events
- A mentor with similar living arrangements, major, hobbies and/or other interests
- A great way to find out how to get involved in campus life, meet new people and still remain on track with academic demands
The mentoring program is NOT:
- A tutoring program
- A parent/authority figure telling you what to do
- "Just for nerds!"
Applying for a Mentor
Mentors are available to all first-semester students, both freshmen and transfer. However, the number available in each major is limited. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis within each department.
Interested in Becoming a Mentor?
Between 600 and 700 Cal U students volunteer their time to mentor protégés throughout the University. Mentors generally have at least a 2.3 overall GPA and meet requirements of their academic departments. They must also have a genuine desire to help others. Final approval will be by a designated faculty member within the academic department. Each spring, the Peer Mentoring Office sends an all-campus announcement, as well as an e-mail to all protégés, to recruit mentors for the following fall.
Approximately 15 peer mentors also serve as peer mentor coordinators, overseeing 70-80 mentoring relationships. Each coordinator maintains frequent contact with mentors and protégés, answers mentor and protégé questions, and provides early awareness of at-risk students to staff members. Meet the peer mentor coordinators.
Call or e-mail the mentoring program with any questions.
The Peer Mentoring Program
Karen Posa Amrhein, Director, First Year Experiences and Mentoring
Dori Eichelberger, Assistant Director
Monika Pankratz, Secretary
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