The goal of the Peer Mentor Program is to pair incoming first-year students and new transfer students with upper-class student mentors who serve as coaches, role models, advisers, guides, and referral agents to facilitate transitioning into Tulane collegiate life. The peer-to peer model program promotes and facilitates student interaction and provides opportunities for students to connect and form strong academic relationships, share knowledge, and work together to succeed in college. Furthermore, peer mentors provide personalized and sensitive support for academic, personal, and social development.
The Peer Program was developed in 1986 as part of a retention program for students of color. Today, the "O" Peer Mentors Program is open to all students, but still focuses predominantly on students of color and or LGBTIQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning, and asexual people and allies). The program has been effective in promoting academic success, personal development, campus leadership, and civic engagement.