As an entering student, the peer advising program seeks to help you feel supported and successful 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.
Built upon volumes of research about the experiences of successful first-year college students, Berklee's approach will provide you with a support network, links to resources, and, most importantly, a connection to the caring Berklee community of which you are now a member. To learn more about how it works and how you can get involved, click on the questions and answers below.
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; and
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 first-semester students take; and
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 two to three weeks prior to orientation to welcome them and answer questions they may have before arriving at Berklee;
During orientation, peer 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 navigating Berklee resources 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; and
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?
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. To help alleviate those anxieties, peer advising enables you, the entering student, to connect with one specific, experienced student mentor. And it works—a recent survey of first semester students stated 92 percent of entering students suveyed reported feeling supported or very supported by their peer advisors. The same survey stated 95 percent of entering students surveyed felt their peer advisors were commited or very committed to the peer advising program.
How do I become a peer advisor?
Read the peer advisor job description to see if the role is a good fit for you.
The fall 2016 peer advising application process is now closed. The program launches recruitment efforts during the spring semester of each academic year. Please check back in spring 2017 for information about how to apply for the fall 2017 peer advising team.
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.
Who can I contact about peer advising?
For further information about the peer advising program, please contact:
Associate Director of Student Activities
Student Activities Center
939 Boylston Street (via 921 Boylston Street, 3rd floor)