First Year Peer Mentors

The first year peer mentoring program pairs first-year, degree-seeking students with upper-class students in the same discipline. All first-year students are automatically placed in the program; mentors are selected through a self-nomination and application process, with input from departments. Mentors help their first-year mentees get acclimated to campus life, make the home-to-college transition, prepare for finals and get connected to academic resources, and find their way around the Black Hills and Rapid City. The peer mentoring program is a fun and rewarding way for first-year students to make friends, get connected to resources, and become a part of the university and community.

In addition to one-on-one communication, mentors and mentees participate in workshops and events throughout the fall semester. It’s an opportunity for first-year students at South Dakota Mines to learn from someone who has already been in their shoes and gone through similar experiences.

Mentors are an important part of both academic and professional success, and as a professional, you will most likely have a mentor or be a mentor for younger professionals in your field.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, fill out the application below to be considered. 

Student Success Mentoring Program:
ONLINE FORM Peer Mentor Application

For more information, contact Rob Sales at (605) 394-5305,

Peer Mentor Training (.pdf)