Peer Mentoring Program

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Start College With Support From Students Who've Been There

UB’s First Gen Peer Mentoring Program provides mentorship and support to first-generation college students, connecting you with an experienced upperclassman who serves as a role model, mentor and resource throughout your first year at UB. Our program can help you:

  • Make a new contact at UB who can help support your success.
  • Meet other first-generation students and build a sense of community.
  • Stay on track by providing you with the support and direction you need to succeed at UB.
  • Connect you to available resources on and off campus.
  • Discuss concerns or challenges you may experience as a first-generation college student.
  • Build strong relationships with faculty and staff throughout campus.
  • Gain individualized mentorship, support and direction from a fellow student.

Program Expectations

Mentors and mentees are expected to meet (4) times per semester on their own for a professional or social activity. Examples include: attending workshops, mentor journaling and participating in required survey/assessments. Remember communication with your mentor is important. 


Ready to connect with your mentor? Submit an online application to get started. Please note, there is a limited number of spots and selection will be based on major, interests and other matching criteria. All accepted mentees must:

  • Be an incoming first-generation student.
  • Maintain good academic withstanding throughout college.
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.