DukeLIFE Partners with Mentor Collective

Incoming first-year students are paired with upperclassmen invested in their success–someone ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges, and recognize opportunities.  Mentors build their networks and develop skills to become better leaders. Each year, DukeLIFE peer mentors help over 150 incoming students find success and community as they transition to Duke. 


Half the image shows several arms raising graduation caps towards the sky. The other half reads "Duke LIFE Peer Mentors plus Mentor Collective"

How it Works

Incoming students are matched with a peer mentor based on common interests, background, academics, and professional aspirations. To get started, prospective mentees and mentors register and complete an online survey to paint a holistic picture of their interests and experiences.

What do Mentors and Mentees Discuss?

  • How will my major impact my professional options?
  • How do I navigate Duke’s social scene?
  • How do I connect with the 1G/LI community at Duke?
  • How do I balance the demands of school, responsibilities, and socializing?
  • How can I set myself up for academic, social, and career success?
  • How do I make connections with peers, professors, and professional contacts?
An illustration showing the engagement metrics for the current school year: 150 first year students matched. 97 mentors volunteered. 54 mentors trained and matched. 567 conversations logged.