Peer Mentors are some of Longwood's best examples of citizen leadership.

Peer Mentors

Peer mentors are successful upper-class students who are well-versed with Longwood University’s resources and are trained to support students tackling transitional issues such as homesickness, time management and balancing academics with student involvement. Peer mentors understand what it is like to be a new student and all of the questions and concerns that come with that experience. Peer mentors are an invaluable resource for you, whether you are a first-time freshmen student or an upperclassmen transfer student.

You'll meet the peer mentors during Orientation and during New Lancer Days. Your peer mentor will also provide support, alongside your Student Success Coach, throughout the Fall semester.

Students interested in the role of peer mentor endure a rigorous selection process during the spring semester to ensure that they are well-suited for the position and title of peer mentor.


We're Mentors and So Much More!

What Peer Mentors

Here are some of the experiences Peer Mentors make happen for new Lancers.

Orientation

Peer Mentors are the primary student staff who help run Orientation sessions.

As a Peer Mentor you'll:

  • Prepare for the arrival of students and parents
  • Work the check-in process
  • Provide information about resources available at Longwood
  • Help students navigate the course registration process
  • Get incoming students excited about becoming a Lancer

1839 Experience

In 1839, incoming students get to know their Peer mentor, as well as fellow Lancers, in their First Year Community group while learning tips and tricks to prepare for college in an interactive and relatable online environment.

New Lancer Days...

Are the best four days of the best four years of every Lancer's life! As a Peer Mentor, you'll be assigned to your First Year Community through the New Lancer Days program. The New Lancer Days program is where new students learn how to navigate resources on campus, get ready for the start of classes and most importantly: HAVE FUN!

Fall Semester

Peer Mentors are partnered with a Student Success Coach, a Longwood faculty or staff member trained to assist students with the transition to college, for the Fall semester. Peer Mentors and Coaches work together to plan activities for their coaching groups and disseminate important information to their students, such as information to prepare for spring registration.


Aren't Peer Mentors the Best?!

You can be one too.

As our programs continue to grow, the Office of Student Success and the First-Year Experience Team seek current students who can reveal their true potential as leaders on Longwood’s campus.

Eligibility:

  • 12 Longwood credits hours by the end of the Fall 2019 semester
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • A desire to assist with the transition of the incoming class.

Peer Mentor Interest Meetings

Interested in helping incoming students and becoming one of Longwood's most recognized leaders on campus?

Attend an interest meeting to learn more about the Peer Mentor Program.

All meetings will be in Radcliff Hall (Admissions building) presentation room and are open to all students.

  • Thursday, November 21 at 6 p.m.
  • Monday, December 2 at 6 p.m
  • Thursday, January 23 at 6 p.m.

Do you know someone who would make a great Peer Mentor? Recommend them! We'll invite them to attend an interest meeting. 


Apply to Be a Peer Mentor

Apply to be a Peer Mentor

Application Process

Application

Returning Mentors: Please request an application via email firstyear@longwood.edu or stop by the Office of Student Success in Brock Hall 202.

First time Applicants Complete: New Peer Mentor Application 2020 (pdf).

Application Submissions

Email your completed application to firstyear@longwood.edu or drop it off in Brock Hall 202.

Application Deadline

New Peer Mentor applications are due by midnight on Sunday, February 16, 2020 to firstyear@longwood.edu.
Returning Peer Mentor
applications are due by midnight on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Email applications to firstyear@longwood.edu.