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First Year Florida
Peer Leaders

Inspire New Gators

When was the last time that you inspired someone at UF? The first moments at UF transcend classes but lessons these students will take with them for a lifetime. As First Year Florida Peer Leader is a student leader on campus committed to helping new students make a successful transition and assisting them in making connections at the University of Florida. More than a teaching assistant, Peer Leaders are co-instructors and take responsibility for facilitating SLS1102: First Year Florida, leading group discussions, planning outside events and getting to know students individually. You will help every new student in your class inspire onward during their Gator Student Experience.

Become a
Peer Leader

Apply to Become a FYF Peer Leader

Click the boxes below to learn more about the First Year Florida Peer Leader opportunity and how you to can inspire our newest Gators!


  • Develop transferable skills that are relevant to their personal and professional goals.
  • Identify and establish a network of faculty, staff, and students across campus.
  • Identify their strengths and leadership style.
  • Enhance verbal and non-verbal communication skills through public speaking, presentations, group facilitation and student interaction.
  • Discover campus resources, services, and tools that contribute to student success at the University of Florida.


  • Enroll in a two-credit training course, IDS 4930 The 3 S’s of Success during Spring 2021 and a one-credit course, IDS 4905 Facilitating First Year Florida during their first teaching semester.
  • Attend the Peer Leader Retreat on January 15-16 (tentative).
  • Attend the Transitions Conference on April 22.
  • Attend all First Year Florida classes.
  • Be accessible and able to attend regular meetings with their co-instructors prior to their teaching semester and extending through their service.
  • Become familiar with the needs of new students.
  • Be accessible and willing to assist with informational needs of students.
  • Communicate accurate and timely information to students about academic and student resources.
  • Meet regularly with your teaching partner to plan each class and effectively communicate with one another.
  • Collect and respond to weekly assignments from students.
  • Prepare and conduct well-organized presentations, class discussions, and activities on various topics.
  • Plan out-of-class activities such as the service projects, Common Reading Program events, community building, etc.
  • Serve as an academic and social role model.
  • Maintain appropriate and professional social media activities.
  • Respond appropriately to feedback and evaluations.


  • Exhibit leadership potential and a strong commitment to the mission of New Student & Family Programs and the First Year Florida program.
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism.
  • Ability to think critically, manage conflict, problem-solve, adapt to change, work independently and collaboratively, and provide effective feedback.
  • Exhibit strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to effectively facilitate and instruct a diverse group of students and peers.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn new things and maintain an open-mind.
  • Not have been found in violation of the UF Student Code of Conduct or Honor Code; record will be verified.
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Florida.
  • Have at least a 2.75 GPA during time of application submission.
  • Agree to abide by professional and ethical standards of conduct, including following all university regulations and civic laws, for the duration of the appointment.


    Fill out the online application thoroughly with completed essays, information, recommender information, and preferred group interview times.
    Your online application will require you to submit information for a UF Faculty/Staff recommendation and a character reference. Once you submit your applications, your recommender will receive an automatic email. Please contact your recommender and have them fill out the online recommendation form through the link provided in the email. Be sure to follow-up with your recommender to ensure that your application is completed by the due date.
    All eligible applicants will be required to go through a group interview process where First Year Florida peer leaders, instructors, and representatives of New Student & Family Programs will evaluate applicants based on skills needed to be a successful peer leader.
    Selected applicants will be invited to a one-on-one interview with a representative of New Student & Family Program, where applicants will be evaluated on their potential to be a successful peer leader.
    All peer leaders must attend Peer Leader Retreat on January 15-16 (tentative) and attend Transitions Conference on April 22. Additionally, Peer Leaders must enroll in IDS4930: The 3 S’s of Success during Spring 2021 and IDS4905: Facilitating First Year Florida during their first teaching semester. These requirements are mandatory as they help FYF Peer Leaders prepare for their role.
    Monday, September 28: Application Opens
    Monday, October 19: Application Closes
    Wednesday, October 21: Round 1 Interviews (times vary)
    Week of November 2: Round 2 Interviews