Peer Mentoring & Facilitating Student Success

Mentor Role & Responsibilities

First Year Experience (FYE) Peer Mentors are student staff members who provide support to incoming first-year UTSA students participating in the FYE program. They are sophomore, junior, senior and graduate UTSA students with a 3.0 GPA or above. Peer Mentors assist first and second semester students with their academic adjustment and personal acclimation to UTSA. They build connections with students by arranging individual meetings and participating in interactive group events and topical discussions. Peer Mentors are assigned to either an AIS or UPM course. To learn more about these specific experiences and the roles of the peer mentor in each, please see the “UPM Experience” or the “AIS Experience”.

FYE Peer Mentors are assigned a caseload of approximately 30-50 first-year students who they meet with individually three times a semester. These meetings serve as a checkpoint for both mentors and first-year students to discuss how the semester is going. The topics of these meetings can range from academics, campus involvement, career  exploration and more. Peer Mentors also attend weekly training sessions with their supervisor and a group of fellow mentors to stay up to date on current UTSA events, discuss different UTSA resources available to students and to build community with each other.  Peer Mentors work approximately 15 hours per week and must complete two evaluations with their supervisor.

Connecting with your Peer Mentor

AIS Experience

Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (AIS) is a core curriculum course housed in University College that is required for all first-time freshmen and students entering the university with less than 30 hours. Each section of AIS has a Peer Mentor who supports the faculty in the course and meet three times with each student throughout the semester. To learn more about the AIS Course, visit their page here.