Become A Peer Advisor
Consider Peer Advising
- Are you an undergraduate student looking for a way to become a student leader?
- Do you love helping others succeed?
- Do you want to become a better student yourself?
- Would you like all of this to count toward academic credit?
Office of Academic Advising is interested in helping you grow in your ability to help others, to become a better communicator, problem solver, and student by joining our advising team.
As an undergraduate Peer Advisor, you will meet with ISU students in a one-on-one setting and help them with class scheduling, planning their degree, exploring majors, and answering a number of academic-related questions. You will also gain insight about the university and your own major.
How to Become a Peer Advisor
All credit levels accepted (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior). You must have a minimum 2.7 ISU GPA and successfully complete a 1 credit course, ACAD 4450 Peer Advising.
To enroll in ACAD 4450 and learn all about being a successful student, gain a behind-the-scenes understanding of ISU curriculum processes, understand our advising structure, and see how you can help other ISU students. After successfully completing this one-semester course, you will be invited to join the Office of Academic Advising Peer Advisor team.
As an official OAA Peer Advisor, you will again register for ACAD 4450 and take the course for either 1 credit (class time, plus two hours of advising per week) or 2 credits (class time, plus four hours of advising per week). You can receive up to a total of 6 academic credits through this class and program.
Email the instructor, Karen Fullmer at firstname.lastname@example.org, to request permission to enroll in the course.
For information about the Peer Advisor program on the Idaho Falls campus, email Bradley Broschinsky at email@example.com.
What Other Peer Advisors Have Said
“Peer advising changed my life! It's giving me the stepping stones towards my dream career. Not only do you get to help ISU students, but you get to work with amazing people!”
“I like peer advising because it provides students help on their own level. It can be intimidating to meet with a professional advisor for the first time but peer advising provides that bridge while still helping all kinds of students.”
"I love being a Peer Advisor because I know how scary it can be to ask for help as a college student. By providing the tools that students need to be successful, we reassure them that they are in control of their education. Being able to take some of that stress off someone's shoulders can make the biggest difference in their college experience."
"I am always looking for a chance to open up avenues and increase opportunities for others. Peer Advising with the Office of Academic Advising has allowed me to do just that, and as a result, I walk away with a stronger connection to my peers and others in the Bengal community. I owe most of my successes, academic and beyond, to this office and the experiences within the department, and if you are given the opportunity I would highly recommend joining the advising team by becoming a peer advisor!"
The Peer Advising program gave me an opportunity to be involved with assisting students with their academic careers here at ISU. Peer advising has not only given me upper division credits, an excellent work study, a vast knowledge of academics at ISU, it also has rewarded me with the simple fact of being able to help students.
I have gained a lot of insight from the Peer Advising program by helping current and prospective students gain confidence about their academic life. I love encouraging others to tap into their potential and show them that success is truly possible with the right mindset and resources!