Peer Advising Program

Peer Advising at Berklee

As an entering student, the peer advising program will help you succeed both socially and academically during your transition to Berklee and to the city of Boston. Whether you are a first-time student or a transfer student, you will be matched with a peer advisor and a faculty advisor. Berklee's approach, which is built upon volumes of research about the experiences of successful first-year college students, will provide you with a support network, connections to resources, and, most importantly, a sense of the caring Berklee community of which you are now a member.

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Who are peer advisors?

  • A diverse group of respectful, responsible, thoughtful, and knowledgeable upper-semester Berklee students
  • Mentors trained to connect students with resources that help them succeed during their first semester at Berklee and beyond
  • Initial points of contact for personal, academic, and extracurricular questions or concerns

Who are faculty advisors?

  • Full-time faculty members who instruct the Artistry, Creativity, and Inquiry class that most incoming students take
  • Supportive and trained mentors who are valuable sources of information about Berklee and music careers

How does the program work?

  • Peer advisors contact their assigned entering students several weeks before orientation to welcome them and answer questions they may have before arriving at Berklee.
  • During orientation, peer and faculty advisors facilitate meetings with groups of 10-20 entering students, giving students a valuable opportunity to learn more about orientation week and to make social connections.
  • Peer advisors assist students with class scheduling and academic planning and may arrange group social events throughout the semester.
  • Students can seek guidance from, and request individual meetings with, their peer advisors throughout their first semester.
  • Overall, peer advisors help new Berklee students find the tools they need to succeed—and to have fun and meet people along the way!

Why is peer advising important?

Peer Advising picnic

Studies have shown that the success of many students entering college depends heavily on establishing friendships and connections to faculty, staff, and other students during the first few weeks of enrollment. At Berklee, we care very much about your adjustment and we want to make sure that you feel that the Berklee environment is comfortable, safe, and manageable.

It's important to realize that some degree of anxiety about attending college is normal; in a recent survey, 94 percent of entering students reported feeling this way before arriving at Berklee. To help alleviate those anxieties, peer advising enables you, the entering student, to connect with one specific, experienced student mentor. It really works! In that same survey, 91 percent of entering students reported that they found their peer advisors helpful or very helpful.

How do I become a peer advisor?

Berklee often hosts information sessions about becoming a peer advisor. Check back here for updates as to when Berklee will be accepting new peer advisors. In the meantime, read this peer advisor job description.

I'm a parent; what should I know about peer advising?

The peer advising team is happy to answer questions regarding the program and how we can help each student succeed. However, we ask that parents respect the confidentiality of the advisor/advisee relationship and not contact their student's advisor directly. Read more information for parents here.

Who can I contact about peer advising?

For further information about the peer advising program, please contact:

Janicanne Shane
Associate director of Student Activities
Student Activities Center
939 Boylston Street (via 921 Boylston Street, 3rd floor)
617 747-2349