About First-Year Engagement

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring involves the personal development of the mentee which seeks to shape attitudes and behaviors. A mentor develops relationships with mentees with the goal of transferring skills and knowledge to help overcome challenges and create opportunities.

Role of a First-Year Peer Mentor

The job of an FYE Peer Mentor is to provide support, encouragement, and information to first-year students who are designated as mentees. FYE Peer Mentors possess the ability to provide basic advice or recognize the need for additional assistance. Peer mentors will NOT be expected to deal with psychological crises, resolve disputes with advisors, faculty, or other administrators, and other personal or degree-related issues beyond their training and expertise. A referral service for such issues, however, is in place. A good mentor should be familiar with department rules and procedures or be able to direct the student to someone who can properly address their concerns.

Who is a First-Year Engagement mentee?

A mentee is a first-time, first-year student who is willing to participate in the mentor relationship.

How do first-year students get assigned an FYE Peer Mentor and where are they located?

All first-year students are assigned a mentor by the First-year Engagement Office. FYE Peer Mentors can be reached at the SEC 3150 or the SEC 3056.

What do first-years gain from the relationship?


  • Assistance in navigating university processes and resources.
  • Connect and socialize with peers.
  • Increased student engagement on and off campus.
  • Learn from challenges and opportunities from FYE Peer Mentors.
  • Learn about student leadership opportunities.

What type of services does the First-Year Engagement Office offer?

Primary Services 

  • Assistance in navigating course schedule.
  • Helping students explore Cardinal Apps. 
  • Connecting first-year students with the necessary student support services.
  • Encouraging student engagement at university events.
  • Mentoring students to advocate for themselves.
  • Offer support/encouragement during challenging times.
  • Offer a safe environment for students to meet and socialize with peers.