Peer Mentoring Program

What is the goal of the Peer Mentoring Program?

We designed the Peer Mentoring Program to help current/new students (including on-ground and online students):

  • Develop and enhance their study skills
  • Become more engaged in the NU community
  • Ease their transition into undergrad or graduate school
  • Enrich their academic experience and build networks

What is a Peer Mentor?

A Peer Mentor plays the combined role of an academic resource, a teacher, and a support system who provides tools for students to find answers rather than telling students what to do. Even if the students are unsure of what to ask, they can always benefit from the mentoring session in which the mentor encourages them to talk by asking open questions.

Who can be a Peer Mentor?

Undergraduate students must have completed 15 quarter hours in core curriculum courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the College of Professional Studies. Graduate students must have completed 12 quarter hours in required courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 at CPS. A Peer Mentor is expected to be motivated and enthusiastic about leading and sharing, as well as to have good communication skills.

Mentor or Mentee? What role fits me better?

Ask yourself:

  • Have I completed the required quarter hours?
  • Do I consider myself a good leader and role model in the school community?
  • Do I like communicating with a diverse group of people?
  • Am I familiar with campus services and academic resources?

If you answered YES to the above questions, you may want to consider mentoring.


  •  Do I feel like I could use more support inside and outside the classroom?
  •  Do I sometimes find it challenging to identify and utilize all the academic resources on campus?
  •  Do I find it hard to engage with the NU/CPS community?
  •  Am I a new student in my first or second term at CPS?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, you may want to consider becoming a mentee.

How much time will I commit to this program if I become a Peer Mentor?

In collaboration with our partner at Mentor Collective, mentors will join an online portal where they will have access to training sessions, monthly check-ins, suggested curriculum topics, and online/phone/in-person interactions with mentees as determined by both mentor and mentee. Mentors will also be asked to serve as student leaders for college events, such as, orientations, group events, open houses, and more. Participation is encouraged but not required for these events. Overall, mentors should expect to commit to the mentorship role for one full year of service.

If you are interested in being a mentor or are a NEW student interested in being matched with a mentor, please complete the appropriate application and submit to Jaclyn Giannakoulis at

I am interested in being a mentor: Mentor Application

I am interested in having a mentor: Mentee Application

For more information about the Peer Mentoring Program, please contact Jaclyn Giannakoulis at