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Peer Advising Program

Mission and Goal

The mission of the Peer Advising program is to promote academic excellence and provide an opportunity for personal growth and leadership to Peer Advisors themselves. Peer Advisors work in close cooperation with staff of the Academic Advising Office to provide a high level of service to SUNY Orange students by helping them connect to and utilize campus resources. The goals of the Peer Advising program are:

Peer Advisor helping studentFor Students:

  • To provide students with a supportive environment
  • To connect students to campus resources
  • To inform students of the services and resources available at SUNY Orange
  • To facilitate student autonomy
  • To encourage involvement in College organizations and activities

For Peer Advisors:

  • To develop leadership skills as well as communication, presentation, and customer service skills

Expectations of a Peer Advisor

  • Be proactive
  • Possess quality listening/ communication/ presentation skills
  • Enjoy helping others and able to handle multiple tasks
  • Be understanding and open-minded
  • Enjoy learning
  • Be responsible
  • Be a team player: collaborate with your fellow peers on any task
  • Maintain open communication with staff and team members
  • Maintain a 2.75 or higher GPA
  • Feel comfortable using computer programs: MySUNYOrange account and G-mail, navigating SUNY Orange web site, etc.

Peer Advisor Job Description

  • Assist with the New START program by preparing materials, helping to check students in, guiding students to locations and answering questions, helping students schedule appointments, presenting the computer lab portion of the New START
  • Assist students to log into their accounts (MySUNYOrange, G-mail, Degree Works, etc.)
  • Assist students who have seen their Advisor and may register online with creating their course schedules and online registration
  • Assisting students trying to access services through Student Services Central
  • Provide timely and accurate information and/or referrals to appropriate College offices/ resources
  • Be aware of important registration deadlines including add/ drop and withdrawal
  • Assist with office duties including, but not limited to, answering phones, greeting students and signing them in to Advisortrac, replenishing forms, managing confidential academic records, and providing general clerical support as needed
  • Maintain complete confidentiality regarding all professional interactions with students and student records
  • Adhere to all office policies and procedures
  • Attend and participate in training sessions
  • Other duties as assigned

Peer Advisor helping studentApplication Requirements

  • Enrolled in the current semester and planning to register the following semester
  • Have a Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Submit job application questionnaire
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from SUNY Orange faculty
  • Provide copy of transcript
  • Submit documents to reception in the Academic Advising Office, 3rd floor, Shepard Building, Middletown or Student Services Central, Kaplan Hall, Newburgh.


  • Evaluation of qualifications based on the above criteria
  • Interview with Academic Advisors, Peer Advisor Coordinator and staff at Student Services Central

Time Commitment/ Payment

  • A time commitment of 5 to 20 weekly hours is required to join the program (we will work around students' schedule while the semester is in session). Need full availability during summer and winter break
  • Peer Advisors are paid $12.50 per hour