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The REACH (Retain, Engage, Aspire, Connect, Help) Peer Mentoring program is 1 credit hour course designed to assist participants in successfully transitioning to life as a Ball State student.

Incoming first-year students will receive information about REACH during Orientation and can speak to their advisor about registering for EDHI 401-3 REACH for Student Success. Priority is given to students who participate in the EXCEL Mentoring Program. Registration remains open until the class is filled.

Program Goals

  • Connect first-year students with an upper-class mentor, who will help guide them through the transition to life at Ball State University
  • Provide intentional interactions with mentors, faculty, staff and alumni who encourage and support mentees through their unique cultural journey through college
  • Inform mentees of academic, social, and personal resources to help them successfully navigate university systems and processes
  • Help retain and graduate mentees through four years at Ball State University

Join the Program



As a mentee, you will need to register for EDHI 401-3 Special Topics in Leadership.

Sign Up

You will receive an invitation to the program during Orientation in the summer and via email.

If you’re interested, you will need to complete an online application for the program.

We select participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. We give priority to students who are also participating in the EXCEL Mentoring Program.


As a peer mentor, you will need to:

  • Serve as a resource and guide for assigned first year students.
  • Serve as a role model in actions and words.
  • Initiate bi-weekly check-ins with students via multiple forms of communication.
  • Outreach to assigned students who are at risk as defined by Map-Works indicators, midterm deficiencies in fall and spring, and those who are not registered for the next academic year.
  • Connect students to appropriate opportunities to engage in curricular and co-curricular opportunities.
  • Serve as a liaison between students and the Multicultural Center.
  • Attend training in August.


  • maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • 30+ credits completed
  • be familiar with campus resources
  • be involved in a minimum of one curricular or co-curricular opportunity for a minimum of 2 semesters
  • possess a basic knowledge of and care about issues that affect students of color and marginalized communities
  • support the mission and work of the Multicultural Center
  • demonstrate strong interpersonal skills

REACH mentors will be recognized for their efforts through letters of recommendation and references that reflect their work effort. They will also receive recognition at the annual Achievement Awards and many other unique opportunities through the Multicultural Center and Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.

Please complete this form if you are interested in being a REACH mentor for fall 2020. REACH mentors must be available on Thursdays from 2:00-3:15pm in the fall semester.