Peer Leaders are upperclassman student leaders that serve as mentors and role models in first-year student courses. Peer Leaders are paired with a University faculty or staff member teaching a variety of first-year courses. These courses are designed to help first-year students adjust to the University, develop a better understanding of campus resources, and acquire essential academic success skills.

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What are the benefits of serving as a Peer Leader?

Some of the benefits of being a Peer Leader include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Develop and articulate transferable skills appropriate to personal and professional goals.
  2. Enhance communication and facilitation skills.
  3. Strengthen personal leadership identity.
  4. Establish positive relationships with fellow students, faculty, and staff.
  5. Play a vital role with the University community.


  • Submit the completed Peer Leader application by Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • Attend Spring Retreat on Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 1-4 p.m. Location TBA (on-campus).
  • Attend Peer Leader and Instructor Meet and Greet on Monday, March 30, 2020 from 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Enroll in UA 110- Peer Leader 101 (one-credit hour, graded course; Wednesdays afternoons at 2:00 p.m.) for the Fall 2020 academic semester.
  • Attend all UA 110 meetings in Fall 2020 for evaluation, reflection, and processing of the Peer Leader experience.
  • Attend all class meetings for the first year compass course in which you are assigned as a Peer Leader in Fall 2020.
  • Create and sustain positive working relationships with paired instructor.
  • Plan and execute engagement opportunities for first-year students in your assigned course.


  • Serve as mentor to first-year students.
  • Serve as a role-model to first-year students.
  • Assist with the instruction of first-year courses.

Mandatory Dates

Event Date
Peer Leader Spring Retreat
Peer Leader and Instructor Meet and Greet
Fall Forum Class Wednesdays from 2 – 2:50 p.m. in Fall 2020

Application Timeline

Event Date
Application Available February 3, 2020
Application Deadline February 23, 2020
Interview Days March 2-4, 2020
Notify Applicants of Selection By March 9, 2020

Apply to be a Peer Leader

Applications for 2021-2022 Peer Leaders will be available in spring 2021!