FYE Peer Mentors

FYE Peer Mentors are experienced WSU students who help new students successfully adjust to college, both academically and socially (learn about our current mentors). Peer mentors serve as an additional resource for students in Foundations of College Success (UNIV 1105) and help create a learning community. 

Past peer mentor praise: "When you gave me the opportunity to be a mentor, my whole world changed! I had so many doors opened to me, I met tons of new people/friends, and I learned so much about myself and the potential I have. Knowing this has given me the motivation to go for my craziest goals!"

Current mentor Kyle has been participating in impressive undergraduate research as well. Receiving some well-earned funding from the Office of Undergraduate Research and academic support from the Zoology department, fellow students, and Zoology professor Dr. Meyers, Kyle recently attended a conference in Austin, Texas to showcase his work on muscle architecture of the avian vocal organ. Congratulations Kyle!

Prospective Mentors

Apply to be a peer mentor by completing this form.


Required criteria:

  • Be a full-time WSU student
  • Have completed one semester at WSU
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 to remain eligible for activity waivers
  • Be knowledgeable of WSU services
  • Provide names of two WSU staff or faculty members as references (not your UNIV 1105 instructor or peer mentor)

Preferred criteria:

  • Be nominated by a WSU instructor (preferably an FYE instructor)
  • Have successfully completed Foundations of College Success (UNIV 1105), formerly Introduction to the University (EDUC 1105) 
  • Have completed one academic year at WSU
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Not be employed full time


Required Educational Workshops:

  • Attend Fall Kick-off each August
  • Enroll in Peer Mentor Leadership Seminar (UNIV 3170). In this upper-division course, you will learn how to effectively communicate with and work with FYE students and FYE instructors
  • Attend optional additional educational workshops (e.g., Academy of Leadership) that FYE can sometimes fund

Peer Mentor Leadership Seminar (UNIV 3170):                        

  • Attend each class session
  • Actively participate in class discussions
  • Successfully complete assignments outlined in UNIV 3170 syllabus.

To apply what is learned in UNIV 3170, attend Foundations of College Success (UNIV 1105) and

  • Attend planning meetings with instructor
  • Attend each class session
  • Organize Collaborative Learning Experience (CLE)
  • Present weekly 5-minute announcements
  • Give three or four 10-15 minute presentations
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Assist student in group activities
  • Interact with students outside of class


First time mentors:

  • Earn 2 upper division elective credits for UNIV 3170
  • Earn approximately $300 tuition waiver*

Second time mentors:

  • Earn 2 upper division elective credits for UNIV 3170
  • Earn approximately $700 tuition waiver*

Third time and there after mentors:

  • Earn 0 credits for UNIV 3170
  • Earn approximately $1000 tuition waiver*

*If a mentor is unable to serve the entire semester during which an award is given, the tuition waiver must be repaid to the Scholarship Office. Please see the FYE Tuition Waiver Agreement (pdf document).


Instructor evaluation of peer mentors 
Student evaluation of peer mentors 
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