Peer Mentoring

The CoE Peer Mentor Program’s mission is to successfully facilitate the transition to college life for incoming students to the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. We aim to provide incoming students with resources for all facets of college life on a student-by-student basis. We hope that through our efforts, members of the Peer Mentor Program will create a sense of belonging and community within both the Peer Mentor Program and the College of Engineering as a whole.

What is It?

  • A fun, fast, and effective way to connect with each other, the College, and the campus
  • The support and resources that facilitate a positive the transition to the University
  • Building community, promoting student involvement, and encouraging successful exploration and development of academic, social, and personal interests

What is A Mentor?

  • An engineering student who has completed the first year in the College – and survived!
  • Someone who remembers what it was like those first few weeks on campus
  • A student who wants others to learn from his/her own experience
  • A good listener who takes initiative, responds quickly to questions, doesn’t pretend to have all the answers – and will point you in the right direction to get the answers

How Does it Work?

  • New students are matched with a mentor before they move to campus
  • Matches are based on mutual interests, like majors, campus activities, or hometown
  • Mentors will first connect with mentees by email, phone, and social networks
  • Mentors will meet mentees in person before classes start, and then connect again at the annual Kick Off event
  • Maintain as much or as little contact as wanted and needed throughout the term