Peer Leading - Center for Academic Excellence
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Being a Peer Leader

A Peer Leader is an upper-class student selected for his or her academic achievement, positive citizenship record, and interest in helping other students.  The ability to listen, understand and be available to others, and the ability to exude a positive attitude and commitment to Franklin Pierce University are key qualities of effective peer leaders.


Willingness to attend and contribute to group activities, training, & planning events during the Spring & Fall semesters.

Available the week prior to Fall Opening for Leadership Training & Orientation

Ability to motivate self and others Ability to plan, organize and follow through with commitments

Familiarity with and positive attitude towards the Individual & Community Curriculum & the Liberal Arts in general

Familiarity with college policies, academic requirements, and support services

Minimum Qualifications:
Full time enrollment at Franklin Pierce

Completed at least two semesters at FPU by Fall Opening.
(Transfer Peer Leaders excluded)

Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Good social standing, i.e., have no judicial record that may compromise one’s ability to perform PL duties

Agreement to abide by all rules & regulations of FPU

Interpersonal skills such as the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, the ability to listen & under stand, high level of self awareness, the ability to work cooperatively with others in peer & supervisory

High degree of personal responsibility


Peer Leaders attend welcome night

Peer Leaders may assist with STEP days

Peer Leaders are sent contact information for their Peer Group. They are expected to contact their group, welcome them to the college, and ask if they have any questions. Continued contact throughout the summer is encouraged.

End of August/Week prior to Opening – Peer Leaders must be available to return to campus the week prior to Opening of the Fall semester. Leadership Development Week generally runs Saturday through Friday and Peer Leaders are expected to be present at ALL sessions. Room and board for that week and for Orientation weekend are paid for by the Leadership program.

Orientation Weekend (Saturday-Tuesday) & Welcome Week – Peer Leaders must be avail-able ALL weekend to assist their Peer Group through Orientation. Peer Leaders will also be responsible for running events during the week-end, and the following week – Welcome Week.

Grand Monadnock Climb – ALL Peer Leaders are encouraged to attend this event, which takes place the first Saturday after classes begin.

September-December – Peer Leaders need to be available to meet with the FYI class or Transfer Advisor on a regular basis, as determined by the Peer Leader and the Faculty Advisor to plan and implement monthly programming.