Get Set

A mentoring program developed for students by students.

The Get Set Mentoring program gives our new students a helping hand to get started by linking them with an experienced UQ student who will guide them through Week 1 to Week 6. Our peer mentors create a friendly and supportive environment to assist students with navigation, goal setting, getting started at UQ, social connection and introduce them to their Faculty and School. The program runs online and, on our St Lucia, Herston and Gatton campuses. 

If you have completed your first semester at UQ and have a GPA of at least 4.0 you are eligible to apply to be a Get Set Peer Mentor.

Registration is now open for Semester 1, 2023. 

As a Get Set peer mentor, you will translate the skills and knowledge you have gained from your university experience into tips and guidance for new students. This can include your tips on how best to prepare for their first assignment to finding the best coffee on campus. 

The program is a great way to give back to the UQ community while also developing leadership, communication and coaching skills. All mentors who complete the program can also get credit for the UQ Employability Award

How it works

The program runs from Week 1 to Week 6 every semester. We encourage our Get Set peer mentors to meet with their mentee group during O-Week to help them settle into university life. The Get Set mentoring program is flexible to suit both you and your group's needs.  

As a Get Set peer mentor, you will be expected to:

  • be available for a minimum of 2 hours per week from Week 1 to Week 6
  • attend the Get Set Mentor Induction which will provide training in coaching and positive role-modelling strategies
  • maintain agreements to meet and check in with your mentee group
  • contribute to the development and enhancement of the program by providing constructive feedback

Who can be a peer mentor

All students who have completed their first semester at UQ and have a GPA of at least 4.0 are eligible to apply. This includes both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

As you will be communicating with new students from a variety of different backgrounds it's important to be able to empathise and understand issues surrounding transitioning to university. 

Applications for Semester 1, 2023 are open.

Become a Get Set mentor

Connecting with others early on in your university career helps you to make a successful start. Your Get Set mentor can help you navigate O-Week, share tips about note-taking and study strategies, help you explore the campus and help you transition to life at UQ. 

How it works

When you sign up for the Get Set mentoring program, we will match you with a group of new students and a mentor based on a variety of factors. These can include your faculty, your area of study, your interests, and your personal preferences as indicated by you through the sign-up process.

You will be introduced to your group mentor via our online mentoring platform and your student email. You will get to meet-up in person with your mentor throughout your first weeks either online or on campus. 

Who can join

The Get Set mentoring program supports students in their first semester at UQ. This includes high school leavers,  transfer students and new mature-aged students. As our mentors come from a variety of different ages and backgrounds, we do our best where possible to match new students with a group and a mentor with who they can connect best with.

Applications for Semester 2, 2022 are now open.

Sign up as a new student 

Connect to UQ

If you have completed your first semester, but still want help connecting to UQ there are a variety of opportunities available to you. This includes other mentoring programs, Virtual Village, UQ  Union clubs and societies, and volunteering at UQ. Student Services also supports students to access counselling and learning advice. 


Need more information

General enquiries about the program can be directed to

"Some knowledge can only be gained through experience. Being a mentor enabled me to share my university experiences and some uni-life hacks to help my mentee with his very first semester of university. More importantly, it made me feel important and strongly connected to the awesome UQ community."

- Aishath (Get Set Mentor, 2017)