Peer Mentors


General Description - Mentors play a pivotal role in achieving the Peer Mentor Program goals and objectives. Mentors develop an interpersonal relationship with their mentee that helps them become academically and socially acclimated to Ferris State University.

Mentor Criteria

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 & Above
  • Sophomore, junior or senior
  • Positive attitude
  • Interest in the well-being of peers
  • Commitment to academic excellence
  • Team player
  • Letter of recommendation

Mentor Role

  • Provide personal assistance to mentees
  • Assist in the development of skills necessary for mentees to succeed in college
  • Motivate students to achieve academic excellence
  • Enhance the self-esteem of mentees
  • Serve as a resource and referral person for the mentee
  • Encourage mentee to interact frequently with his/her academic advisor and Ferris State University personnel
  • Provide support, encouragement, and positive perspectives
  • Give feedback on observed behavior and report performance
  • Maintain ongoing contact with Coordinator
  • Encourage mentees to utilize campus resources

Mentor Characteristics

  • Set an example of good behavior Give spontaneous feedback
  • Encourage mentees to take charge of their life
  • Be a resource for academic and personal referrals
  • Encourage mentees to pursue their academic goals
  • Offer challenging ideas
  • Help build self-confidence
  • Encourage professional behavior
  • Provide growth experiences
  • Explain how the University operates
  • Coach their mentees
  • Encourage a winning behavior
  • Inspire their mentees
  • Share critical knowledge
  • Offer encouragement

What to do together?

  • Attend academic related functions
  • Build a positive relationship
  • Attend athletic events
  • Study together
  • Look, Listen, and Learn
  • Attend academic workshops
  • Interact with other mentees
  • Attend cultural events
  • Participate in academic and social activities with mentee(s) to share resources and experiences

Mentor Application

Download a Mentor Application

Online Mentor Application

Obligation Agreement

Download a Mentor Obligation Agreement