First-Year Studies

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Peer Mentors


Peer mentors are undergraduate students who assist faculty and staff instructors in a section of FYS 101 for the fall and spring term. These campus leaders serve as role models, advisors, mentors, campus resource experts, and trusted points of contact for FYS 101 students. Peer mentors work collaboratively with other peer mentors, peer mentor coordinators, and instructors while assisting students in solving problems and getting involved on campus.

Benefits of Being a Peer Mentor

As a peer mentor, you get to serve as a role model, advisor, and point of contact for a core group of first-year students. You also have the opportunity work cooperatively with other peer mentors and instructors and develop significant relationships with other peer mentors and instructors. By serving as a resource for campus services and activities and assisting students in solving problems and getting involved on campus, you will have the opportunity to engage in leadership development and interpersonal skills.

New FYS 101 peer mentors will also receive two credit hours for their service: one for completing Peer Mentor Training (FYS 401) in the spring and one for serving as a peer mentor (FYS 402) in the fall. After serving for one year, Peer Mentors can choose to return the following fall or apply to be a Peer Mentor Coordinator. To view our current Peer Mentors, click here, and to learn more about becoming a Peer Mentor Coordinator, click here.


Each cycle we are looking for highly motivated and qualified students. To be eligible to become a peer mentor, a student must:

  • Must have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Must have a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall that you will serve as a Peer Mentor
  • Must have a clear judicial record
  • Must complete FYS 401 with an “S”

Please make sure you review the application process below.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have never served as a Peer Mentor before, you must complete FYS 401. This is a 1-credit hour course that you will take in the second session of Spring 2014. If you plan on being a Peer Mentor, save 1-credit hour in your Spring 2014 schedule. FYS 401 course times can be found on the application.


2014 Recruitment ProcessclickheretobecomeaPM

Peer Mentor recruitment begins every November for the following year. The selection and recruitment process is headed up by the Peer Mentor Coordinators and the Graduate Teaching Assistants. There are two different processes, depending upon if you are a new or returning Peer Mentor.

New Peer Mentors

Step 1: Complete the New Peer Mentor Application by January 31st by noon. 

Step 2: Sign up for a group interview by February 2nd by 5:00pm. You will receive the sign-up email when you submit you application. You must attend a group interview.

Step 3: Have your reference complete their evaluation by February 6th by noon. They will not receive the evaluation email until after you submit the application. You will receive a confirmation email when they submit the evaluation.

Step 4: Attend a group interview. The interview date options are: 2/4, 2/5, 2/6, 2/9, 2/10, or 2/11. It will last approximately two hours. Please dress in comfortable clothing.

Step 5: On February 14th, check your email! We will notify you whether or not you have been selected to be a Peer Mentor. If you are selected, we will notify you which FYS 401 course you will be enrolled in.

Step 6: If selected, on February 26th you will start attending your FYS 401 course!

Returning Peer Mentors

Step 1: Complete your returning Peer Mentor application by December 5th at noon.
Step 2: Make sure your current (or most recent) FYS 101 completes their evaluation by December 15th at noon.
Step 3: Sign up for a returners interview by January 7th. We will email you by January 10th. Interviews are informal and will be on 1/12-1/16.
Step 4: Check your email! We will notify you on January 23rd if you have been selected to return. 
Step 5: Help us select new Peer Mentors! We will email you asking to volunteer at the group interviews as evaluators. You need to sign up by January 29th. Sign up quick, there are limited spots at each interview.

Step 6: Attend one workshop a month during February, March and April. These will serve as refreshers as well as updates and changes.

Questions about being a peer mentor? Contact Sarah Nadel at

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