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Peer Advisors

If you are an upper-class student (second year or beyond), consider becoming part of the YearOne Peer Advisor program. Help first-year students transition to college life, become an integral part of the RIT community, and benefit from your own student experiences. In addition, this is a great opportunity to share and build your leadership and student involvement experiences. Below are some common questions about the program and how to become involved.

What is a Peer Advisor, and What do they Do?

YearOne Peer Advisors are current RIT students who are actively engaged in campus and academic life on campus, and understand both the excitement and the trepidation that comes with the college transition. Peer Advisors are an integral part of the course and are carefully chosen; they are successful and personable undergraduates and are highly motivated to help first-year students to:

  • meet other students,
  • find new ways to anticipate and solve typical first-year problems,
  • gather information and be aware of university-sponsored academic and social activities,
  • become acquainted with the university.

PA Responsibilities

What is a Lead Peer Advisor, and What do they Do?

Upper-class students possessing previous leadership and campus engagement experience can apply to become a Lead Peer Advisor. Lead Peer Advisors are responsible for assisting in the classroom and helping with the supervision of the Peer Advisors.

Lead PA Responsibilities

How much of a Time Commitment will this be?

The time commitment will be about 10 hours per week for Lead Peer Advisors. For Peer Advisors, it will be about 5 hours per week. Please keep in mind that specific hours may vary each week.

How do I apply to be a Peer Advisor or a Lead Peer Advisor?

To complete an application, please go to the following link:  Coming March 2016
In addition to submitting an application, participation in a group process day is also required for selected candidates. Specific deadlines are noted on the application.

Please also note that there will be information sessions offered to learn more about the positions at the following dates and times- Coming March 2016

Students needing interpreting should submit requests through Access Services. Please be sure to allow enough advance notice for Access Services to accommodate your request.

Questions or Suggestions?

For additional information or questions, please contact the Academic Support Center at