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About Our Peer Mentor Program

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 Freshman Programs Peer Mentor Programs is certified by the International Mentor Training Program of the College Reading and Learning Association.

Benefits

  • 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 Freshman Programs 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

Requirements

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.7 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
  • Freshman Programs 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 FYST members (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 Freshman Programs students
  • Participate in Freshman Programs events (e.g. Convocation, FPSA events, academic field trips, End of the Year Celebration, etc.)
  • Work cooperatively with other Peer Mentors and the Freshman Programs staff
  • Serve as a liaison between the Freshman Programs Office and students in your University Studies 100 course

Interested in Applying?

If you are interested in becoming a Fall 2013 Peer Mentor, 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.