New Student Peer Mentoring Program

New Student and Peer Mentor visit the U of M greenhouse together.

The New Student Peer Mentoring Program (NSPMP) is for any new undergraduate student at the University of Manitoba. New students in the NSPMP will be matched with a trained upper-year student (Peer Mentor) who will help them with their transition into university.

Key elements of the NSPMP:

  • Make friends during small group meetings held by a Peer Mentor 
  • Build connection through direct communication and one-to-one meetings with a Peer Mentor
  • Learn new skills and important campus resources through workshops desgined for first-year students
  • Develop transferable, life-long skills as a Peer Mentor through extensive training opportunities
  • Get to know other students during fun social events!

New Students

New students in the New Student Peer Mentoring Program (NSPMP) will meet virtually with both Peer Mentors and other first-year students as they transition into their first year of university. New students will also gain valuable skills during monthly meetings that are geared towards first-year students and their success in university. These online sessions include but are not limited to topics such as goal setting, campus resources, effective study strategies, and maintaining balance. 

New Students in the New Student Peer Mentoring Program will… 

  • Build a mentoring relationship with an upper-year U of M student (Peer Mentor) 
  • Meet other new first-year students during small, monthly group meetings guided by your shared Peer Mentor 
  • Communicate directly with your Peer Mentor and request one-to-one meetings as needed 
  • Learn skills that will contribute to your success in university 
  • Practice setting goals for your personal growth and learning 
  • Gain awareness of resources and support services on campus

Benefits and Skill Development Areas

Some of the benefits of joining the New Student Peer Mentoring Program:

  • Participate in monthly social events where you can meet new people and make friends 
  • Connect with a community of first-year students 
  • Become informed about events and programs on campus 

Skill development areas include:

  • Self-awareness & personal strengths  
  • Resilience and confidence 
  • Problem solving 
  • Interpersonal communication 


Position Requirements and Important Dates

Coming soon!


You are eligible to join the New Student Peer Mentoring Program if you are...

  • A new undergraduate student 
  • Registered in a degree program at the U of M (this program is not currently open to students in Extended Education, ICM, or ELC) 
  • Starting Fall 2022 (or if you started in Summer 2022)  
  • Registered (or intending to register) for U of M classes in the Winter 2022 Term 

Application Checklist

  1. Read all of the position information above
  2. Confirm you are available for requirements and dates (coming soon!)
  3. Confirm you are eligible to apply
  4. Complete an application (coming soon!)

Please note, you will need to be logged in using your email address to access the application form

Applications for the New Student Peer Mentoring Program are coming soon! Email us to receive updates. 

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Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors in the New Student Peer Mentoring Program (NSPMP) work with Student Life to support new students as they transition into their first year of university. Through this program, Peer Mentors will aid in the successful integration of new students into the University of Manitoba campus community.

Peer Mentors in the New Student Peer Mentoring Program

  • Are paired with up to five new first-year students (their peers) at the U of M

  • Build and contribute to a mentoring relationship with peers by meeting regularly as a small group to discuss & share experiences, and to foster reflection and goal setting 

  • Model student engagement and support peers in developing / refining strategies for success 

  • Practice active listening and provide referrals to campus resources as necessary 

  • Participate in ongoing reflection and personal development as part of a community of Peer Mentors

Peer Mentor applications are now closed for Fall 2021 - Winter 2022. If you are interested in participating in the future, check out the information below for what you might expect next year!

Benefits and Skill Development Areas

Some of the benefits of becoming a Peer Mentor in the NSPMP include:

  • Making a difference in a new student’s experience at university 

  • Building transferrable skills that will help you in the future 

  • Making connections on campus and with your peers 

  • Getting co-curricular (CCR) recognition for your contributions to the program (CCR recognition is provided to peer mentors who fulfil the required program commitments)

Skill development areas include:

  • Group facilitation

  • Helping and coaching

  • Interpersonal communication (written, verbal, & non-verbal)

  • Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Position Requirements and Important Dates

Required Commitment

Peer Mentors can expect to volunteer a total of 60-80 hours between September 2021 and April 2022.

*Please note, the time commitment and requirements are different from previous years so please make sure you read the requirements and important dates listed below!

Initial online training sessions Wednesday, September 1 (6:00pm–8:30pm) and Thursday, September 2 (6:00pm–8:30pm) 

Online training modules
- UM Privacy Training
- UM Sexual Violence Prevention Modules
- UM Essentials 

Estimated 5 hours

Completed on own time before September 7

Program Kick-Off Friday, September 17 (5:30-7:30pm) 
Small-group mentoring (provide mentoring support during small-group
meeting with up to five assigned first-year student peers)

30 minutes per month (minimum)

Completed on own time; mutually scheduled by Peer Mentor and first-year student peers

One-to-one communication with first-year student peers
(includes texting, emailing, and 1-1 meetings by request)

Approximately 2-4 hours per month

Completed on own time; mutually scheduled by Peer Mentor and first-year student peer

Professional Development Meetings

Thursdays (4:00-6:00pm OR 6:00-8:00pm)

  • Fall: September 16, October 14, November 18
  • Winter: January 13, February 10, and March 10
Peer Mentor Team Meetings

Thursdays (4:00-6:00pm OR 6:00-8:00pm)

  • Fall: September 30, October 28, December 2
  • Winter: January 27, February 24, March 24 
One social events per term

Approximately 2 hours per term

Multiple options available; dates announced at Program Kick-off

Year-end program evaluation 

Approximately 30 minutes

All meetings and events for the NSPMP will be held online until further notice. A virtual option will remain in effect for the 2021-2022 academic year.  


Eligibility to be a Peer Mentor: 

  • Current undergraduate student at the U of M (in any faculty/program) - knowledge of Fort Garry Campus resources is needed 

  • Minimum one year of study at the U of M 

  • Completion of at least 18 credit hours prior to Summer 2021 

  • Strong academic background (GPA 3.0; exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis)  

  • In good conduct standing based on the University of Manitoba’s Behavioural Policies 

  • Returning as a student for both the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms 

  • Available for the program requirements listed above to allow for full participation in the program 

Peer Mentor Applications for Fall 2022 are coming soon! Please email to receive notification about future opportunities!

More mentoring opportunities

Peer Helper Program

Are you looking for another student to talk to about your experiences, resources, or ways to make friends and get involved? Peer Helpers are trained students who are available to provide one-time or drop-in support to any student at the U of M or in ICM. 

Learn more about the Peer Helpers and book an appointment

Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program

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Learn more about Neechiwaken Peer Mentor Program

International Centre Welcome Mentors

In the Welcome Mentors program, mentors provide one-on-one intercultural, personal and academic support to their mentees for one academic term. Mentors complete training to support mentees during their transition to university. 

Learn more about Welcome Mentors

Additional experiences

Whether you're brand new to the university, an experienced student or a recent graduate, finding a mentor can be a valuable experience.

Many departments and faculties have programs that can help you connect with a mentor for support. Check with your faculty or department to learn more.

Contact us

Student Life
225 University Centre
65 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2