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Peer Leader FAQ's

What is a Peer Leader?
Peer Leaders serve as role models in the areas of academic achievement and co-curricular involvement in order to help first-year students successfully adjust to Coastal Carolina University. The Peer Leader Program matches exceptional Coastal Carolina University students with UNIV 110 instructors to create unique teaching teams that provide support to students during their first-year of college.

How are Peer Leaders selected?
Those interested in becoming a Peer Leader must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Complete at least 30 semester hours
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.75, 3.00 or better preferred
  • Show a history of co-curricular involvement on campus (clubs, student government, Greek Life, intramurals, employment, athletics, etc)

The Peer Leader program is not necessarily looking for "perfect students"; we are looking for "well rounded" students. The selection process involves a short application followed by a personal interview. We encourage all eligible students to apply today!

How are Peer Leaders trained?
Students who are selected to be Peer Leaders are required to enroll in UNIV 300 - Principles of Peer Mentoring, a one-credit hour workshop designed to prepare Peer Leaders for their Leadership role assisting in UNIV 110 class. In addition to the training workshop, Peer Leaders also are required to enroll in the two-credit hour academic course UNIV 301: Applied Principles of Peer Mentoring during the fall semester. This course serves as an in-class component to the leadership experience and deals with topics and issues relevant to working with first-year students at the University.

What are the benefits of being a Coastal Carolina Peer Leader?

  • Earn academic credit
  • Gain valuable leadership experience
  • Develop effective presentation skills
  • Make a difference in the lives of first-year Coastal Carolina University students
  • Boost your resume
  • Make some great friends
  • Learn even more about what Coastal Carolina University has to offer

What are my responsibilities if I become a Peer Leader?

  • Successfully complete training workshop (UNIV 300) in the spring semester
  • Attend UNIV 301 during the fall semester
  • Meet regularly with your UNIV 110 class
  • Participate in UNIV 110 planning sessions
  • Be available to your students as a resource and confidant
  • Enjoy the experience

How does the teaching team work work?
You, along with a UNIV 110 instructor, make up a teaching team.  The two of you will be responsible for the instruction of a section of UNIV 110. Each teaching team will meet regularly to plan upcoming classes and activities. 

How do I apply to become a Peer Leader?
Simply print and fill out the application, then bring it to Mrs. O'Brien-Gayes in the First-Year Advising Center located on the second floor of the Prince Building or mail it to:

First-Year Advising Center-Prince Building
C/O: Agatha O'Brien Gayes
PO BOX 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted to discuss your interest in the program.

How do I find out more?
Contact our office at aobrieng@coastal.edu or stop by Prince 213.