- Billiken Bridge to Success (BBS)
Peer Mentor Program Overview
Through the peer mentor program, new freshmen meet current Saint Louis University students with similar interests and backgrounds who help them navigate their introduction to college life at SLU.
First-year students admitted through the Billiken Bridge to Success (BBS) program and students who are accepted into the Student Support Services (SSS) program are automatically matched with a mentor. Each mentor works with approximately 10-14 students over the course of the student's freshman year to ensure they integrate successfully into the SLU community.
Who Are Peer Mentors?
Peer mentors are typically upperclassmen SLU students, many of whom are current or previous participants in SES programs. In order to meet the needs of mentees, mentors are chosen from a variety of majors and from diverse backgrounds. Mentors are students who have successfully transitioned to SLU and maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA.
How Do They Interact with Students?
Mentors help shape the first-year experience of new SES students through a variety of meetings, events and activities.
- Small group and one-on-one meetings
Small group and one-on-one meetings take place on or near campus in an environment that is agreeable to both the mentor and the mentee(s). These meetings provide an opportunity for them to bond and discuss concerns that are specific to the student or a group of students.
- Academic and social activities
Throughout the school year, peer mentors host a number of on- and off-campus activities. Past activities have included outings, such as trips to an indoor trampoline park and ice skating. Other activities include study sessions, and the annual Finals and Franks May event.