PennWest’s Peer Mentoring Program aims to assist incoming face-to-face undergraduate students on the California, Clarion and Edinboro campuses by pairing them with peer mentors.

Peer mentors are current PennWest students who have firsthand experience of what it's like to be a transfer or first-year student on a new campus and who have been trained to share that knowledge and give advice.

The pairings are made primarily based on academic major but also take into consideration home campus, personal hobbies, and club/activity interests.  The program promotes academic and social foundations, retention in academic programs, and faculty mentoring to increase performance in the classroom. It also fosters a strong feeling of community among students who share the same major.

Mentors will expand their networks across the university and acquire the skills necessary to become better professionals and leaders, while new students will broaden their understanding of how to overcome challenges, reflect on personal and professional goals, and gain career advice and useful insights.

Please send an email to if you would like to recommend a mentor or refer a protégé who would benefit from the program.

Visit PennWest Peer Mentoring to learn more or follow the program on Instagram.