Become a PAA and help first- and second-year students negotiate academic challenges and plan their academic pathways.

Representing a wide range of A.B. and B.S.E. departments, PAAs are an essential part of their residential college’s academic advising team. Apply to become a PAA and partner with your RCA to support the transition of first-year zees to Princeton and provide academic mentorship to sophomores.

PAA Requirements

First things first: You do NOT have to have a near-perfect GPA to be eligible. Students who have overcome challenges in their academic work have important advice and perspective to share! Here’s what is required:

  • A.B. or B.S.E. junior or senior standing by fall of the academic year in which you will serve.
  • A commitment to hold the position for one full academic year. (The position is not a good fit if you are planning to study abroad.)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to respond to students in a helpful manner, both one-on-one and in small groups.
  • Ability to collaborate with other students, and to work well with faculty and staff.
  • Knowledge of Princeton’s academic support resources.
  • For pre-health peer advisers, appropriate coursework and a familiarity with the Health Professions Advising Office.

PAA Responsibilities


The PAA application outlines PAA responsibilities and expectations. Please read it carefully. Applications typically become available in late February and are due in mid-March, followed by interviews for potential candidates. Attend an info session (held early in the spring term) to learn more.