About The PA Program

Peer Advisors are second-year MBA students who are dedicated to making your transition to the Columbia Business School environment a fun, informative and AMAZING experience! 

Peer Advisors

With 70 members in the Fall, and around 30 members in the Spring, the Peer Advisor team is selected through a rigorous application and interview process and trained in leadership development, with a strong focus on team building.

The Peer Advisor Team, part of the School’s Program on Social Intelligence (PSI), has several purposes:  to serve as a resource in your transition to the program, to help you understand the School’s culture and community, and to support you and your study group through the teamwork aspects of the first-year core curriculum.

In addition to undergoing training, Peer Advisors volunteer part of their summer and winter vacations to design, organize, and implement the Orientation program. But, the Peer Advisors’ role does not end when Orientation draws to a close. Throughout the academic year, Peer Advisors will work with you and your study group members  to help you optimize your first-year experience.  We are available to answer your questions and offer advice about academics, school resources, the career search, elective courses, professors, New York City or anything else!

We are Peer Advisors because we are enjoying our Columbia experiences immensely and want to make sure that you do as well. We represent all different countries, nationalities, backgrounds, work experience, and career goals – and we are sure that one of us will be able to help with your needs.

You can contact us before the semester begins with any questions. Once the academic year begins, each cluster will be assigned a team of 8-10 Peer Advisors. Your Peer Advisor team will experience Orientation with you, and then see you throughout your first year.