First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience

The first-year experience focuses on providing you with the resources and support to THRIVE at the University of Arizona. Through one-on-one support from a peer and community building with your fellow Wildcats, you will be set up to navigate and excel through your first year of college!


First-Year Peer Mentoring

Focused on the first-year experience, our first-year peer mentoring program aims to support you through your first year of college. You will be matched with a mentor based on what you find most important and what you think best reflects who you are and what it means to be supported through college.  First-Year Mentoring is particularly great for students who are first in their family (first-gen) to go to college.

Cultural Peer Mentoring

Merge culture, identity, and academic support through classes and peer mentoring. In partnership with our Cultural and Resource Centers, first year students seeking a culturally enriching experience can participate in mentoring with our 7 cultural and resource centers. To find out more about our cultural and resource centers, see below.

African American Student Affairs  Asian Pacific American Student Affairs  Disability Cultural Center  Guerrero Student Center  LGBTQ+ Resource Center  Native American Student Affairs  Women and Gender Resource Center

Major-Specific Peer Mentoring

Major-specific mentoring offers a unique opportunity to connect with your academic program. In partnership with the advising offices, this option is for first-year students seeking an experience that focuses on their academic major and the resources and support offered through their academic departments. For the 2022-2023 academic year, this experience is available for all first-year student majoring in Pre-Computer Science and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Computer Science  Pharmaceutical Sciences