PAWS - Peer Advisor Walk-in Services

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Peer advisors are trained junior & senior majors who volunteer their time to complement the staff advising services by sharing their knowledge of and experience with lower division requirements and upper division classes, experience with student groups on campus, preparation for life beyond the B.A., and use of various campus resources.

Meet with a peer advisor: BACK IN THE FALL SEMESTER!

MCB Peer Advising Application

How can I become an MCB Peer Advisor?

The application to be a peer advisor for the 2023-2024 school year is available at You can talk to staff advisor Zac ( for more information about applying to the program.

Information for 2023-2024 Applications

The application for 2023-2024 is available at We encourage interested students to review our info session from 2021 on YouTube and review the slides with common questions from past peers (note some of the dates, deadlines, etc. from past materials may no longer be relevant). Mandatory weekly meetings will be Thursdays 10-11am during Fall 2023.

Summer Application Timeline

Aug 14, 2023 Applications Due, by 8am
Aug 15-18, 2023 Interviews
Aug 18, 2023 Notifications Sent
Aug 21, 2023 Deadline to Accept, by 12pm
Aug 22, 2023 In-person Training, 8am-1pm

What we look for in an MCB Peer Advisor:

Beyond a passion for the MCB major and an interest in helping your fellow students, we look for people who are unique, both academically and as a person. Things that can help make an outstanding peer advisor include, but are not limited to: research experience, participation in the honors program, overcoming personal and/or academic adversity, tutoring, participation in clubs on campus, or the transfer student experience. Ultimately, what we want to see on your application is what makes you stand out as a student AND as a person!

Requirements at time of application:

  1. Be declared in MCB at the time of application, or be eligible to declare by the following fall semester.
  2. Have completed at least one semester at Cal.
  3. Able to volunteer at least three shifts (1 hour each) and attend one 1-hour meeting per week.
  4. Willing to commit to volunteering as a peer advisor for at least two semesters.

* Please note that peer advisor positions are unpaid. MCB peer advisors earn academic credit for their work.