The Peer Success Coaching program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to meet one-on-one with trained Peer Success Coaches (PSCs) throughout an entire semester or periodically via walk-in consultation hours. PSCs support students as they navigate their new environment and learn how to succeed academically, socially, and personally at Purdue University. PSCs will help students develop not only effective study habits and test-taking skills, but also strong time management and organizational skills to achieve academic, social, and personal goals.

Who is a PSC?

A PSC is a point-person who can offer guidance to students as they navigate life at Purdue. PSCs are primarily upperclassmen who receive training on coaching their peers through many of the same challenges they have faced. They function as guides, listeners, and motivational partners, but not as tutors, instructors, parents, or academic advisors. Because they are peers, PSCs work as a neutral party from whom students can gain insight and ideas. 

What can a student expect?

PSCs can guide you through studying for exams, connecting with academic advisors, finding motivation to complete an exercise program, getting involved in campus activities and organizations, exploring career options, applying for student employment, and more. Essentially, PSCs are there to listen to your concerns, to point you in the right direction, and to help you set and achieve your own academic, social, and personal goals while at Purdue. 

If you are interested in working with a PSC, you have two options available to you:

Semester Program

By joining the semester program, you would be paired with a personal PSC. Once paired with a PSC, your PSC would touch base with you to find a time to meet and get to know one another. Together, you would complete a coaching agreement that outlines the benefits you expect to receive from coaching and clarifies how your PSC will help maximize your experience at Purdue. Usually students meet or communicate with PSCs on a weekly basis. Meeting more or less frequently is an option, too, if that’s what works best for you. 

To join the PSC semester program, please fill out the online application.

Note: this is an application to have a PSC and not an application for employment. 

Applications are accepted throughout the academic year on a rolling basis. Students may apply and be admitted at any time, even mid-semester, if there is availability.

Walk-in Program

All PSCs hold walk-in hours, during which students may drop-in for 15- to 30-minute coaching sessions. Walk-in consultations with PSCs do not require an application or a semester-long commitment. Students may drop in during PSC walk-in hours to meet with an available coach. Click here to view PSC walk-in availability

Where can I find more information?  

For more information about the Peer Success Coaching program, please contact Hannah Dulin Brodhead at hdulin@purdue.edu or 765-496-0005.

How can apply to become a PSC?  

Information will be posted here when the Peer Success Coaching program is hiring again in March 2015. 

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