Who is a peer mentor?

Peer mentors are undergraduate students who provide guidance to first-year students.  A peer mentor is a role model in the areas of academic achievement and co-curricular involvement at UConn and is instrumental in assisting new students become successful and integrated in all aspects of campus life.


  • Providing mentees with campus resources and recommending appropriate workshops, events, and activities that will help mentees get connected to life at UConn
  • Assisting mentees with personal concerns such as adjustment issues, housing/roommate issues, making friends, peer pressure, parking, etc.

Minimum Mentor Qualifications:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student for a least one year at the Storrs campus prior to the beginning of the new academic year
  • Have a sincere desire to help first-year students
  • Demonstrate strong leadership, communication, and social skills
  • Be involved in PRLACC and its programs/events during the course of the mentoring period
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Benefits of Being a Peer Mentor

  • Opportunity to interact and work closely with UConn students, faculty, and staff
  • Valuable leadership experience, which may be used for future references
  • Develop skills in interpersonal communication, mentoring, and conflict resolution
  • Build friendships with other supportive students who are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others


  • Upon acceptance into the program, all mentors must complete a 3-day training in the week before school starts

Mentor Reference Presentation/Resources

LLAS 2001 (3-credit course):  Latin@s, Leadership, and Mentoring

  • This course is offered during the Fall Semester to mentors
  • Examine Latinx mentoring relationships, academic success strategies, and leadership development in theory and in practical application
  • Consider Latinx perspectives on educational attainment and success in the Unites States

How can I become a mentor?

Unfortunately, the application to be a peer-mentor for the 2019-2020 academic year has closed. Please check back here by the end of February!