First Year Experience

Peer Mentors

Every First Year Seminar is assigned a peer mentor, an upper-division student who acts as a guide and resource for students as they adjust to college life and academic expectations.  Each mentor establishes his or her unique relationship with students in their section, but all students can expect peer mentors to model successful time management techniques, help them learn how to find and use information about student support services, and guide them toward informed decision making.

Peer leaders:

  • Attend every First Year Seminar class meeting
  • Attend preparation sessions with instructor
  • Attend summer training sessions and semester meetings with Assistant Coordinator, First Year Experience
  • Maintain email list of all students in class and maintain email contact with students
  • Present information to students on upcoming activities
  • Monitor students' attendance at required campus events
  • Be available to students at least one hour/week outside of class
  • Perform duties as assigned by instructor



  1. Students must be at least in the sophomore year
  2. Students must have a GPA of 3.2 or above
  3. Students must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills
  4. Students must demonstrate a record of campus involvement and/or community service


Benefits of becoming a Peer Mentor:

  • The opportunity to develop and exercise leadership
  • The opportunity to develop the key communication skills sought by employers
  • The opportunity to demonstrate a proven record of job responsibility to potential employers
  • The opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the Alvernia community
  • The opportunity to meet other outstanding Alvernia students and make new friends
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Center for Student Success

Lee Ann Bieber
Student Success Coordinator

Bernardine Hall 1102

400 Saint Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607
Phone: 610.796.8263

Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm


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