UCSB Peer Network

We invite you to join UCSB’s Peer Network, a mentoring program that helps you navigate UCSB as a new student! Participation means you will be matched with a mentor who is an experienced UCSB student. Your mentor will be able to provide guidance on campus, social, and academic life. You and your mentor will connect regularly via text, phone, or email.

First-Year Students: Find a Mentor

Benefit from text-based support from an experienced UCSB student who has been in your shoes and can assist you with the ins and outs of campus life!

Transfer Students: Find a Mentor

Benefit from text-based support from an experienced UCSB student who has been in your shoes and can assist you with the ins and outs of campus life as you navigate your transfer student experience!

Mentor a First-Year Student!

Ready to make a difference by helping incoming first-year students discover campus? Support new students by sharing strategies and tips for thriving during their first year on campus!

Mentor a Transfer Student!

Ready to make a difference by helping transfer students discover campus? Support new students by sharing strategies and tips for thriving during their first year on campus!

You can be a mentor even if you have graduated.

Mentors are volunteers who generally provide/share: 

  • Information about campus support services
  • Useful campus/local community information
  • Previous experiences as a university student
  • Ways to become engaged on campus
  • Strategies for time management
  • How to make the most of your academic and social experience during your time at UCSB
  • Students are paired with mentors, who are experienced students. Mentors are invested in the success of their mentees. Mentors are prepared to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges, and recognize opportunities. 

Program Expectations

  • Mentors and mentees are encouraged to communicate at least 2 - 4 times per month. However,  you can communicate more or less frequently depending on your individual preferences. Mentors and mentees can communicate via text, phone, or email. (All participants are assigned anonymous phone numbers for communication).


What can mentors and mentees discuss?

  • Meeting new people and making lifelong connections with peers, faculty, and staff
  • Getting involved on campus
  • Adjusting to university-level academic expectations
  • Developing a plan for academic, social, and career success
  • Balancing the demands of a university with personal responsibilities and socializing
  • Developing and cultivating professional contacts

Your mentor will:

  • Help guide you in your transition to college by answering questions.
  • Have similar interests, hobbies, and experiences as you.
  • Chat with you over text messages on a regular basis.
  • Guide you in discovering your career path.
  • Encourage you to set goals.

If you have questions about the program, please email: Yasmine Dominguez-Whitehead at: ywhitehead@ucsb.edu