Peer Leader Program

The Peer Leader program at California State University, Los Angeles, in partnership with Peer Forward, a national student success organization, connects selected incoming first-year students with students who have successfully navigated the college experience.  Our Peer Leaders engage with an incoming cohort to ensure their students find belonging at Cal State LA and understand how to enjoy and succeed in their first year at university.  Building on academic research and best practices, Peer Leaders follow a SOAR curriculum specifically designed to engage and welcome students starting this important educational journey.

Visit us in Person:  

  • Tuesday-Thursday from 8:00 am- 1:00 pm in Library North Basement- Next to the Graduate Resource Center  
  • Tuesday- Thursday from 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm in Library -Palmer Wing 2nd Floor (Study Area)  
  • Wednesdays Tabling from 10:30 am- 1:30 pm in front of the Student Bookstore 


Peer leaders jumping in front of the golden eagle statue


Event Date and Time Location
Peer Talk: Friendships & Books

Monday, January 30, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

FA 311

Peer Talk: Academic Check-in: Adding, Dropping, Withdrawing

Monday, February 6th, time TBA

FA 311

Peer Talk: College finances & Semester Planning/ Cal State LA Scholarships

Monday, February 13th, time TBA

FA 311

Peer Talk: How to locate Services & Resources on Campus. University Hacks/ Appointment with Advisors

Monday, February 20th, time TBA

FA 311

Peer Talk: Major Exploration- College of Professional and Global Education/The Honors College

Monday, March 6th, time TBA FA 311

Peer Talk: Major Exploration. The College of Arts and Letters

Monday, March 13th, time TBA

FA 311

Peer Talk: Major Exploration- College of Business & Economics and College of Engineering and Technology

Wednesday, March 22nd, time TBA

FA 311

Peer Talk: Major Exploration- Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services and College of Natural and Social Sciences and College of Ethnic Studies

Friday, March 24th, time TBA

Virtual through ZOOM

Peer Talk: Fall Registration 

Monday, April 3rd, time TBA FA 311
Peer Talk: Fall Registration  Monday, April 10th, time TBA

FA 311

Peer Talk: Sports & games/ Campus Life

Monday, April 17th, time TBA FA 311

Peer Talk: Fun places/things to do during summer break/summer internship/jobs

Monday, April 24th, time TBA FA 311

Peer Talk: A guide to sophomore year

Monday, May 1st, time TBA FA 311

Coming soon!

Event Date and Time Location
Spring Greeting 


Thursday, February 2nd, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

KH C4075

March Recess 

Thursday, March 9, 12 pm- 4 pm

KH B3013

Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, April 6, from 11 am-3 pm

KH B3013

Movie, Snacks, and Trivia

Thursday, May 4, from 1 pm-5:30 pm

KH D2074

Peer Leaders deliver a SOAR curriculum to ensure students are welcomed and informed at Cal State LA.  The components of the SOAR curriculum are:

  • Strengthen Your Study Skills
  • Own Your Education
  • Advance Your Degree
  • Realize Your Future

Peer Leaders meet with first-year students in person, online, or by phone, to engage in these topics throughout the year and share their tips and strategies for a successful college experience.

The Peer Leader Program at California State University would not be possible without generous support from the following:

  • The Leonard Hill Charitable Trust
  • The ECMC Foundation
  • In Summer 2021, additional support was provided by the CSU Office of the Chancellor and the College Futures Foundation
  • A Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions grant from the United States Department of Education

Their commitment and vision supports this program so that Cal State LA students can achieve their educational dreams, transform their lives, and positively impact their families and their communities.