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.
At the beginning of the fall semester, peer mentors host a kickoff event where past and present BBS and SSS participants can meet. At the kickoff, students meet the mentoring staff and learn about the calendar of events sponsored by peer mentors for the school year. The kickoff event is also an opportunity to ask questions and learn about other valuable support systems on campus.
Academic and social activities
Throughout the school year, peer mentors host a number of on- and off-campus activities. These include social outings, such as trips to an indoor trampoline park and an ice skating rink, along with study sessions, such as the mid-term cram jam and Finals and Franks. There are even YouTube brown bags where mentors use comical YouTube videos to address common freshman concerns.