What Are Peer Advising Fellows?
A Peer Advising Fellow (PAF) is a sophomore, junior, or senior at the College who has been specially selected and trained to offer advice and assistance throughout students’ first year at Harvard. PAFs are assigned to a specific dorm entrway; unlike Proctors, however, they do not reside in the first-year dorms. Together, the entryway PAFs and Proctor make up the entryway team. The entryway team builds community within the entryway beginning with Opening Days and continuing throughout the academic year with entryway outings and weekly study breaks.
PAFs are part of the first-year advising network each incoming student receives, working in conjunction with the academic adviser and the Resident Dean of First-Year Students to connect students with campus resources and empower them to make the most of their college experience.
As fellow college students, PAFs have a unique perspective within the advising team. They offer useful guidance on how to balance curricular and extracurricular choices, how to master the challenges of transitioning to college life, and how to take advantage of the many available opportunities.