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Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors (PMs) are an integral part of the Office of Residence Life. They are consistently in direct contact with students. Their main responsibility is to act as facilitators for the residence life community and to help guide students through their first year successfully in and out of the classroom.  The Peer Mentor serves as a role model in their community, helping students to understand campus culture and college processes.

Questions about the Peer Mentor program can be directed to Residence Life, at 765-983-1317 or via email at

Application Materials

Applications for 2021-2022 will be available beginning Monday, October 5, 2020.

Important Process Dates

  • Oct. 5 - 2021-22 Academic Year Applications available
  • TBD - Information Sessions
  • Nov. 1 - Priority application deadline for candidates who will be off-campus during Spring 2021
  • TBD - In-person interviews for candidages who will be off-campus during Spring 2021
  • Feb. 7 - 2021-22 Academic Year Applications close at 11:59pm
  • Feb.15 - Reference forms & Rehire Candidacy Assessment forms due
  • TBD - In person interviews

Eligibility Requirements*

  • Must be a full-time degree seeking student
  • Must be in good academic standing and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA to apply
  • Must maintain a 2.5 semester and cumulative GPA if selected
  • Must not be on any form of academic or social probation
  • Must have at least two semesters of on-campus living experience with at least one of these occurring at Earlham prior to serving as a Peer Mentor
  • Must be available at least one week before classes begin each semester for training
  • Must complete all responsibilities as outlined in the Peer Mentor Agreement and meet all expectations of professional staff members within the Office of Residence Life

Eligibility requirements are subject to change.  The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to make exceptions to these requirements on a case-by-case basis.


  • Placement in a single room within the First Year Area

Frequently Asked Questions

Below we’ve compiled the answers to some questions we have been commonly asked by individuals interested in learning more about the Peer Mentor position.

Each year, the department hires approximately 10-12 Peer Mentors so that we can have one Peer Mentor on every first-year floor.  This number includes both new and returning PMs.  While we primarily hire Peer Mentors for the academic year, we sometimes have the opportunity to hire a handful of PMs throughout the year when current team members resign for various reasons.

Applications open every spring following mid-semester break.  All interested candidates should apply during this application period. Those who will be abroad during the spring semester can contact the main contact for the recruitment process if they would prefer to complete their interview prior to leaving for off-campus study.  All other interviews will be completed in the spring.  There is no separate application process for candidates interested in mid-year positions.

We believe your experiences make you who you are. We have all made a bad decision from time to time. As long as you are not currently on any type of academic or social probation, you are considered in good standing and are able to apply. The most important thing we look for is whether or not you have learned from the experience and made positive changes accordingly.

First-year students are eligible to apply for 2018-19 Academic Year positions as long as they lived on campus during both the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters.

In the fall, training begins on week before new students arrive for New Student Orientation (NSO).  During this time we help PMs develop the basic skills needed to lead a group of residents through a successful experience while living on campus.  The training for the spring is an abbreviated version of the fall training, and PMs are asked to return a week before the start of spring classes. Training is an important time, and as such, all PMs are expected to attend all training sessions while serving as a PM.

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