Benefits of Peer Mentoring
Research suggests that peer mentoring can help students navigate college (Terrion & Leonard, 2007); feel greater connection to campus (Colvin & Ashman, 2010); and become more engaged and involved in their learning (Jacobi, 1991). That’s why we’re dedicated to developing robust, supportive mentoring programs: these are critical factors that affect student success, especially in a student’s first year of college.
In fact, participation in peer mentoring programs is often associated in the research with improved freshman retention rates (Colvin & Ashman, 2010; Terrion, Philion, & Leonard, 2007), a key metric in UNLV’s Top Tier student achievement goal. And according to the Gallup Organization, mentoring is one of six collegiate experiences that boosts students’ confidence that they will graduate well-equipped to begin productive, fulfilling careers (Crabtree, 2019).
Here’s what real UNLV students had to say about their experience with peer mentoring programs:
“I cannot tell you how many times I’ve messaged [my mentor] with question after question, and she has replied with enthusiasm and encouragement for every one. She has given me the courage to face college with my head held high and as prepared as possible for what lies in store.”
Morgan, First-Year Mentee
“My life has been enriched by important mentors who have, even if indirectly, pointed me in the direction of the path that I now walk. It is my hope... that I can continue to pass along the gift I have received from the mentors I’ve met along the way.”
Michael, Peer Mentor