Dietrich College Peer Mentoring Program-Academic Advisory Center (AAC) - Carnegie Mellon University

Dietrich College Peer Mentoring Program

The Dietrich College Peer Mentoring Program pairs all incoming first year students to an upperclassman to help with the transition to Carnegie Mellon University. Our Peer Mentors act as a resource to help navigate CMU and Pittsburgh. Peer Mentors will be available throughout the summer, fall and spring semester to help guide and support students throughout their first year on campus.

The main goal of the Dietrich College Peer Mentoring program is to help first year students develop a sense of community within Dietrich College and to know there is someone by their side who not long ago, went through the same transition.

We want our incoming students to feel like they already have established a connection with an upperclassman before even arriving on campus!

The Role of the Mentor

Coming to a new place can be difficult, but the Dietrich Peer Mentors are here to make your transition to Carnegie Mellon University as smooth as possible! Peer Mentors are a reliable resource who can answer questions ranging from academics to student life. Although they are one of the many support networks on campus, they are not to be confused with tutors, counselors, or advisors. The Academic Advisory Center (AAC) runs the Dietrich Peer Mentoring program and partners with mentors to ensure both academic and personal needs are being met for all first year students.

The role of the Peer Mentor consists of, but certainly is not limited to: having the mentees’ best interest in mind at all times, being supportive and encouraging, being a trustworthy friend, taking an active listening role, having a positive attitude and being responsible. All Dietrich Peer Mentors were hand selected by faculty and staff, and went through a training program to ensure a solid foundation before becoming a Peer Mentor.

Who Can Be a Mentor?

All Dietrich Peer Mentors range from sophomores to seniors whose primary major is within Dietrich College. To qualify to be a Peer Mentor, students must meet the following criteria:

  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Strong communication skills
  • Can multitask on various projects
  • Interested in taking a leadership role
  • Great time management and organizational skills

Students will apply and then go through a series of interviews before being selected. Mentor applications will be available in January for the 2018–2019 academic school year.

What Can Be Expected

Both individual and group events will happen on and off campus throughout the semester. Since this is primarily a student driven program, mentors will be partnering with the AAC to plan different outings throughout the academic year.

Please be on the lookout for more information regarding events through the CMU Dietrich College Class of 2021 Facebook page and your mentor.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Peer Mentoring Program, please email Gina Gales, Assistant Director, Dietrich College Academic Advisory Center.


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