All students participating in Student Transitioning for Academic Retention and Success (STARS) program receives a Peer Mentor, which are UIS Junior, Senior, or Graduate students successfully moving towards graduation and life. All mentors have experienced extensive interview/ training before being paired with a STARS mentee.  All Peer Mentors meet the qualifications of having:

  • 2.5 GPA or better
  • Good academic & Disciplinary standing
  • meet-and-greet-phototknowledgeable about UIS
  • Comfortable meeting new people
  • Being open to working with diverse populations of students


Mentors are expected to:

  • Become familiar with campus organizations
  • Answer questions about registration process and encourage mentee to maintain a positive and consistent relationship with their Academic Advisor
  • Serve as a role model for incoming students
  • Help students become familiar with university resources; advise and refer students to appropriate university resources, as the need arises
  • Keep your mentee informed of campus programming, workshops, and activities that may be helpful
  • Attend First-Year Mentor trainings
  • Complete evaluations after your meetings explaining your activities/experiences


Our goals for mentors are to:

  • Interact with their mentee a few times during each month in order to:
    • Provide positive role-modeling;
    • Foster a sense of belonging;
    • Encourage academic and personal success.

Mentors can expect to spend approximately 15 hours over the course of each semester serving as a First-year Peer Mentor.  This includes:

  • One in-person meeting a month with their mentee
  • Electronically contacting their mentee (via Facebook, email, text, etc.) once a week.
  • Attending the First-Year Mentor Program   Kick-off ‘Mentor Mania’ in addition to monthly mentor meetings.