WiSE Peer Mentor Program 


"I feel much more confident knowing that I have someone to talk to who has gone through what I am going through, both as a [first-year] and as a Computer Science and Engineering major."

"Mentoring encourages me to take a break, step away from my busy schedule, and focus on my relationships with the people in my life."




What is WiSE Peer Mentoring?

Peer mentoring is:

  • A one-on-one relationship between a first-year student and an upper-level student in the same/similar field
  • Mentors often help their first-year mentees choose classes, prepare for finals, locate an apartment, and find their way around Iowa City
  • A fun and rewarding way for first-year students to make friends, get connected to resources, and become a part of the university and community

What do I do with my Mentor/Mentee? 

In addition to one-on-one communication, mentors and mentees can participate in small-group meetings and scheduled workshops throughout the year that range in topic from mindfulness to the process of applying to nursing, medical, pharmacy, or graduate school, to finding research, internship, and study abroad opportunities.

It is an opportunity for first-year students at the University of Iowa to learn from someone who has "been there, done that" – what better way to make the most of your college experience than by getting the inside line?!

How does it work?

WiSE matches first-year women in Engineering majors one-on-one with upper-level undergraduate women in similar majors/career paths.

On average, 60 undergraduate women per year participate in the mentoring program. One-on-one communication between mentors and mentees is essential, and we also work hard to give all women a chance to interact, learn from each other, and form connections. Some past events include: board game night, decorating cookies, painting pumpkins around Halloween, and attending an Iowa Women's Basketball game. 

To become a MENTOR click HERE (Typically returning second, third, and fourth year students) 

To become a MENTEE click HERE to (Typically first-year students. However, second-year and transfer students may also apply!) 

If you have any questions or would like to learn about how to get involved with WiSE, please email us at wise@uiowa.edu.

WiSE Works!

The average GPA of students who participate in WiSE programs is .13 to .28 higher than their peers who do not participate.

Two-thirds (66%) of the mentors in 2014-2015 were previously mentees - now that shows commitment! Additionally, 53% of the mentors have volunteered as a WiSE mentor either one or two years previously!