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Peer Mentoring in the Center for Student Success began with the Minority Advisory Program with the establishment of the office in 1973.  Since that time we have broadened our scope to include C-STEP and Carolina Covenant.  As we continue promoting peer mentoring for the future, we invite any student to apply and join our growing peer mentor family as we recognize the groups we have historically served.


The Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) was created in 2006 to enable more community college students to transfer to and graduate from Carolina. Talented low- and moderate-income high school and community college students are guaranteed eventual admission to Carolina if they are admitted to and complete the program successfully. Upon matriculation to Carolina, incoming C-STEP students are paired with a peer mentor who is a current C-STEP student or another transfer student who has volunteered to assist the incoming students in their adjustment to the academic and social environment at Carolina.

Who can serve as a C-STEP Mentor? Any junior or senior transfer student who meets the Mentor Requirements listed below. Priority will be given to C-STEP transfer students.

Who can participate as a C-STEP Mentee? Any incoming student through the C-STEP Program.

Carolina Covenant

Launched in 2003, the Carolina Covenant is a pledge that qualified low-income students will have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s Degree at Carolina without having to borrow to meet their financial need. But the Carolina Covenant is much more than an exceptional financial aid award. It also incorporates academic and personal support and services and special programming to help Covenant Scholars adapt to campus life and succeed in completing their undergraduate degree program. These support services include pairing each incoming Covenant Scholar with a current Scholar who has volunteered to serve as a peer mentor to assist the incoming Scholars in their adjustment to the academic and social environment at Carolina.

Who can serve as a Carolina Covenant Peer Mentor? Any Carolina Covenant Scholar who meets the Mentor Requirements listed below.

Who can participate as a Carolina Covenant Mentee? Any incoming Carolina Covenant Scholar.

Minority Advisory Program

The Minority Advisory Program (MAP) was established in 1973 as is designed to assist incoming racial/ethnic minority students with their adjustment to the Carolina environment. The program consists of academically successful undergraduates who volunteer to serve as peer mentors and role models to the first-year students (mentees). These peer mentors provide academic and developmental support through relationship building, support, resources, direction and guidance.

Who can serve as a Minority Advisor? Any UNC undergraduate student who meets the Mentor Requirements listed below.

Who can participate as a MAP Mentee? Any incoming student of color or racial/ethnic minority student.


Mentor Requirements and Responsibilities:


· Must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at Carolina and must plan to be enrolled at Carolina as a full-time student during the entire 2021-2022 academic year. Please do not apply if you plan to study abroad or graduate in December.

· Must have at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA by the end of the spring semester of the year that application is submitted. 

· Must complete online mentor training module and must be able to attend mentor orientation the weekend before fall semester classes begin.


· Assist with critical first year transition of students through consistent communication using various methods

· Serve as liaisons between first-year and/or transfer students and the Center for Student Success & Academic Counseling

· Log interactions with mentees through online contact forms

· Implement appropriate responses to first-year and/or transfer students in order to assist with the development of successful student practices

· Introduce and model positive decision-making strategies to first-year and/or transfer students

· Maintain confidentiality

· Keep in contact with program support staff including undergraduate program assistants, graduate assistants, and Coordinator for Peer Mentoring & Engagement


Important Dates 2022