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Pamplin's Undergraduate Mentoring Programs (PUMP)

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Pamplin’s Undergraduate Mentoring Programs (PUMP) assists incoming freshmen, internal transfer, and transfer students with their college transition by providing positive academic, professional, and social environments outside of the classroom. PUMP Peer Mentors are selected and trained to offer academic advice and guidance to freshman and transfer students while providing their own student perspective on the Pamplin education. This program provides opportunities to learn about personal and professional leadership as well as other aspects of the business career.

Freshmen and Internal Transfer Peer Mentees are required to meet with their small group (grouped by major if possible) two hours per week for group study sessions and one hour a week for a social activity.

Transfer mentees are required to meet with their small group (grouped by major if possible) one hour a week for a social activity and one hour a week for study hours.

PUMP also provides a series of professional workshops for Peer Mentees and Peer Mentors. These professional workshops will have topics such as choosing a major, resume and personal branding, interviewing and networking. Peer Mentees will obtain the Pamplin Career Readiness Certification on completion of the program.

Becoming a PUMP Peer Mentor

The PUMP peer mentor position offers exceptional students the opportunity to be both leaders on campus and mentors to new students participating in the PUMP program. Mentors are committed to helping their PUMP students adjust to life at Virginia Tech.

In addition to attending a monthly workshop, mentors organize study groups with their PUMP students, plan dinners and Blacksburg area outings, and participate in campus events. The time spent mentoring and preparing for activities varies but usually averages around four to five hours per week.

If you are interested in making a positive impact on first-year students and want to help others avoid some of the mistakes you made during your first semester, please read the “Responsibilities, Qualifications, Training Requirements and Benefits” below:

PUMP Applications

PUMP Program applications:

Not currently taking applications for Peer Mentors or Transfer Peer Mentors

  • I would like to become a Peer Mentor
  • I would like to learn more about being a Peer Mentee

Transfer PUMP Program applications:

  • I would like to become a Transfer Peer Mentor
  • I would like to learn more about being a Peer Mentee
  • Serve as an energetic and enthusiastic volunteer to help first-year students succeed at Virginia Tech and the Pamplin College of Business
  • Develop and maintain relationships with and provide assistance and support for first-year students (focus on a smooth transition, acclimation and a sense of belonging) by interacting with students outside of study sessions
  • Help first-year students feel comfortable by being aware of and responsive to their needs and concerns
  • Serve as a resource for students new to the College
  • Attend group meetings and workshops
  • Serve as a positive role model
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Student Success Programs to plan their PUMP schedule
  • Work as a team with fellow Peer Mentors
  • Participate mid-semester Peer Mentor meeting in October
  • Be a rising sophomore, junior or senior
  • Be a transfer student if applying for the Transfer Peer Mentor position
  • Be in good academic and social standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.50
  • Attend VT/Pamplin throughout the fall and spring semesters
  • Be willing to learn and share information about the Virginia Tech/Pamplin community, student life, and campus resources
  • Demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Have a genuine desire to help their peers succeed
  • Demonstrate leadership potential
  • Be self-motivated with positive attitude
  • Be effective with time management and organizational skills
  • Be able to relate to people from diverse backgrounds
Mentor Development Training Requirement
  • All new mentors must participate in three (3) two-hour training sessions in the spring
  • Mentors must demonstrate their knowledge presented in training prior to mentoring in the fall semester
  • All mentors must participate in on-going, in-service training sessions each semester

Peer mentors have the opportunity to:

  • Build close relationships with new students
  • Guide new students through their first-year
  • Develop leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Become recognized as a student leader
  • Meet representatives of PUMP’s corporate sponsors
Application Requirements

PUMP Transfer Peer Mentor Applications will be available in the spring semester: Click here to complete the online Transfer Peer Mentor application.

Reference Information

All PUMP Transfer Peer Mentor applicants are required to submit one (1) University Faculty/Staff letter of recommendation, commenting on your character and your ability to be an effective role model/mentor to younger students.

  1. Letters must be sent via email to The email must be from the address of the person writing the recommendation: Email and signature must match.
  2. The subject line must read, “Recommendation Letter” and include the name of the student (i.e. Recommendation Letter–Jane Doe)
  3. The letter must be on school or business letterhead, signed by the recommender and saved with the student’s name (i.e., last name, first name). Documents can be scanned and sent as a pdf file. Electronic signatures are accepted.

Applications to become a peer mentor will be available in the spring semester of each school year. Candidates will be selected for interviews based upon the strength of their applications and letter of recommendation. Selected students will receive an email with the time, date, and further information on what to expect. Bring a copy of your resume to your interview.

For more information, contact Assistant Director of Student Success Programs,
Megan Parker at or 540-231-3389.

Becoming a PUMP Peer Mentee

Who Can Be a Peer Mentee?

Peer Mentees are first year students (freshmen and transfer students) in any major within the Pamplin College of Business. Newly admitted students can apply to be a Peer Mentee.

Why Apply?
  • All Mentees will be grouped with trained upperclassmen who are excited to help with the transition from high school to college.
  • Transfer mentees will be mentored by upper class students who transferred to Virginia Tech and the Pamplin College of Business.
  • Peer Mentors will provide valuable information on campus resources, organizations, and classes.
  • Mentees attend exclusive workshops delivered by campus leaders and recruiting companies.
  • Mentees will obtain the Pamplin Career Readiness Certification on completion of the program.
  • Mentees develop friendships while participating in a growing organization.
  • Leadership opportunities become available as future mentors and PUMP Leadership Team members.
Mentee Requirements
  • Freshmen Mentees must attend two (2) hours per week with their small group for group study sessions during the academic school year.
  • Transfer Mentees will meet for individual mentoring on a regular basis with their mentor.
  • All Mentees must meet with their Mentor’s small group in a social setting at least one hour a week during the academic school year.
  • Mentees must meet individually on a regular basis with their mentor (usually one hour every two-three weeks).

PUMP Student Testimonials

PUMP definitely eased my transition from high school into Pamplin. Not only was my mentor helpful in that she gave me tips on how to succeed in my classes, but she also created opportunities to study and socialize with other mentees. Through PUMP, I was additionally able to meet and befriend a great group of dedicated people who share a passion for studying business. – Brittany Rosenthal Class of 2017, Accounting and Information Systems

PUMP was a great program to get involved with during my first year at Virginia Tech. Besides the helpful workshops and designated study sessions, my favorite part of the program was growing closer to the others in my mentoring group by meeting up, studying together, and going out to dinner. My involvement with PUMP helped me get to know a number of great individuals, know what to expect throughout my freshman year, and know what to expect in my future at Virginia Tech! – Jean-Luc Ford, Class of 2015 President, Marketing Management

PUMP is one of the BEST programs that I have been in so far at Tech; it has bonded me with many driven and talented individuals as well as several faculty members. I truly do not think that my freshman experience here would be the same if it were not for this opportunity! – Michelle Fultz, Class of 2017, Management