Academic Peer Advising

What is the Peer Advising Program?The Peer Advising program serves the University of Southern Maine in partnership with the University mission. In order to build a growing community, this program focuses on supporting students’ academic successes through mentoring, skills development, training, and community service. Peer Advising Program goals include:

  • Offering peer to peer academic and personal support
  • Helping to build community connections within and among academic majors
  • Building a cohort of trained student peers as mentors and leaders on campus

Peers Advisors represent colleges and faculty to students through programs, appointments, and promotional materials.

What are Peer Advisors?
Peer Advisors (PA) are under graduate student leaders and community builders with the interest and ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff.   PAs are paraprofessional member of the Academic Advising team, serving as ambassadors to their academic departments. Utilizing their interpersonal, communication, and problem solving skills, PAs build positive connections between undergraduate students, and their academic departments, faculty, and professional advisors.

Peer Advisor Job Description

Participating Departments
Any academic and support services department is eligible to participate in the program.

How Can I Become a Peer Advisor or Get More Information
Please contact Megan Wright ( and Anna Schwartz (

Past Peer Advisors