Peer Leaders are upper-level student leaders who 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.

Before applying to be a Peer Leader, please review the requirements, responsibilities, and mandatory dates.


  • Submit the completed Peer Leader application by Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • Participate in an interview with an FYE staff member and a UA instructor on February 28 – March 4, 2022.
  • Attend one Spring training on Wednesday, March 30 or Thursday, March 31, 2022.
  • Attend Peer Leader and Instructor Meet and Greet via zoom on the evening of Monday, April 4, 2022.
  • Enroll in UA 110 – Peer Leader 101 (one credit hour, graded course; Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 pm) for the Fall 2022 academic semester.
  • Attend all UA 110 meetings in Fall 2022 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 (Fall 2022).
  • Create and sustain positive working relationships with your 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 positive role-model to first-year students.
  • Assist with the instruction of first-year courses.

Mandatory Dates

Event Date
Peer Leader Spring Training March 30 or March 31, 2022
Peer Leader and Instructor Meet and Greet Monday, April 4, 2022
Fall Forum Class Wednesdays from 2 – 2:50 p.m. in Fall 2022

Application Timeline

Event Date
Application Available February 1, 2022
Application Deadline February 23, 2022
Interview Days Feb. 28 – March 4, 2022
Notify Applicants of Selection By March 11, 2022

Apply to be a Peer Leader

2022 Peer Leader Application

Applications for Fall 2022 Peer Leader positions close on February 23, 2022.