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Peer Mentorship

As a first-year student, having a peer mentor can help you adjust and transition to the university environment and to succeed in your introductory engineering and computing studies.

About the Peer Mentorship Program

Our CEC Peer Mentorship Program matches first year students majoring in engineering or computing with experienced students, setting them up with a support network from day one!

Why participate in peer mentorship?

The new student mentee, whether freshman or transfer, gets advice, support, and knowledge from their mentor, and they can see the life of a current student first-hand. Mentors provide them with advice on instructors, student organizations and professional goals, and can help expand their present and future professional network.

Who are peer mentors?

We recruit undergraduate students, graduate students, and even alumni who have demonstrated a desire to support the success of first-year students for the College of Engineering and Computing.

How does the program work?

New students interested a group mentoring experience are encouraged to join the CEC Connections Network via the GroupMe messaging application. This platform offers conversations with peers, advice from experienced students, reminders about important dates, information about community events.

First-year students who join the formal CEC Peer Mentorship Program can expect a one-on-one semester-long experience. Matched mentors and mentees set their own goals and then take the necessary steps together to achieve their desired outcomes.

Becoming a Mentor

Students who are approved to serve as CEC Peer Mentors will gain leadership experience essential to their success in both industry and academia.

  • Give back by sharing your successes, failures, passions and experiences with first-year students who need to hear them!
  • You will add practical leadership experience to your resume.
  • You will expand your present and future network.
  • You may use this as an opportunity for service and recruitment for your student organization or professional society.
  • You can earn part of your 60 hours toward Professional and Civic Engagement for Graduation with Leadership Distinction.
  • You will even earn UofSC swag and other prizes!
  •  You must have at least one year of undergraduate engineering or computing experience.
  • You must be available to mentor at least 1 student for 1 semester.
  •  Attend leadership, professional, and group mentorship development opportunities as your availability allows.
  • Use the USC Mentorship Hub to check-in with your Mentee regularly and track your mentorship goals.

Join the formal CEC Peer Mentorship Program as a ‘Mentor’ on the  UofSC Mentorship Hub 

Becoming a Mentee

First-year students who partner with a CEC Peer Mentor will have the opportunity to learn about campus resources and building connections within the CEC community.

  • You will see the life of a current student first-hand.
  • You can use what you learn to choose instructors, student organizations and even your professional goals.
  • You will expand your present and future network.
  • You can use your mentor as a reference.
  • You can return to the program as a mentor during or after your second year!
  • You must be a first-year CEC student.
  • You must attend the required semester kick-off event. 
  • You must check-in with your mentor at least once per month.
  • You must follow and complete the prescribed peer mentorship curriculum.
  • You must complete the program evaluation at the end of your experience.

Apply by joining the UofSC Mentorship Hub 


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