Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors (PAs) volunteer their time and efforts to facilitate our summer orientation programs, fall orientation program (Bear Beginnings), and the UNV 101 fall semester classroom experience. In offering a peer perspective and investing in the new student transition process, they become a trusted resource in the classroom while modeling true Mercerian ideals. A PA is a friend, role model, mentor, guide, and support to first-year students.

Commitment to Service

The PA position is a year-long volunteer commitment to serving the first-year class of new students. The PA commitment begins with PA selection in early-spring and ends with Academic and Advising Services spring programming for the first-year students the following year.


  • Apply for the PA position for the upcoming summer and school year.
  • Applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing with the University and hold a suggested 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • If selected for the PA team, maintain a suggested 2.75 GPA, both on a cumulative and semesterly basis.
  • Remain in good academic and judicial standing with the University.


  • Attend the PA Spring Training and solidify your Summer Orientation commitments.
  • Submit fall course schedule to provide Orientation Head Staff with necessary information to assign a fall UNV section.
  • Volunteer with May Orientation for new students beginning during the summer term.


  • Attend the one-day PA Training Workshop prior to working Summer Orientation sessions.
  • Volunteer to assist with three of the six Summer Orientation sessions.


  • Attend the week-long PA Training prior to the start of Bear Beginnings.
  • Implement Bear Beginnings and assist first-year students in their transition to Mercer.

Fall Semester

  • Co-faciliate a 75-minute UNV 101 class alongside the instructor.
  • Attend weekly UNV planning meetings with instructor to prepare for upcoming lessons.
  • Promote and assist with First-Year Friday Workshops.
  • Support first-year students throughout their first semester of college.
  • If a first-year PA, enroll in UNV 201 during the fall semester. This 2-credit courses meets weekly to provide support to new PAs as they interact with and learn alongside their O-Groupers.
  • Plan out-of-class activities for O-Groupers to aid in their transition to Mercer.
  • Assist with spring course registration by being available for questions during the first-year registration time frame.

Spring Semester

  • Volunteer with Spring Orientation for new students beginning in the spring semester.
  • Assist with the implementation of spring programming initiatives for first-year students.

PA Application Process:
The 2018-2019 Peer Advisor Application will launch January 2018.

Peer Advisors are selected each spring for service during the upcoming academic year. Each year, we seek to select the best candidates for the position, regardless of race, national origin, ability, veteran status, gender, sexual orientation, age, or religion. Please note: If you are participating in Mercer on Mission during the summer (and it conflicts with Summer Orientation requirements), you may still apply to be a PA. Participation in a Mercer on Mission or internship experience is NOT grounds for automatic disqualification from the PA application process.

New PA Application Process

For any student who has not previously served on the Peer Advisor Team. New applicants must submit ALL application materials (listed below) by the given deadline to be considered for the position.

All completed New PA applications will be reviewed for Round 2 consideration of the application process. Students will be notified of their application status via e-mail. Those continuing to Round 2 of the application process will schedule a short interview with the Office of Academic and Advising Services in late-February.

Returner PA Application Process

For any student who has previously served at least one year on the Peer Advisor Team. The decision to rehire a Peer Advisor is based upon the quality of the Returner Application materials, being in good standing with New Student Programs and the University, and earning a 'Satisfactory' grade in UNV 201 from the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Complete the Returner PA Application here>>.
  • Review the template and design a 15-minute UNV 101 Activity that compliments a UNV 101 weekly theme>> using the template provided. Save your activity file as: firstname.lastname.activitytheme.docx (ex: amanda.carls.diversity.docx) and e-mail to Amanda Carls at

All completed Returner PA applications will be reviewed mid-February. Returner PAs will be notified of their hire status via e-mail late-February.