Student Life

Otter Collective

The Otter Collective program enhances the student experience by linking them one-on-one with a student peer mentor. Students are paired with student invested in their success - a student ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges, and recognize opportunities. Students will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges, gain career advice, and valuable insights, while student mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders.

How it Works

Students will be matched with a student peer mentor based on common interests, background, academics, and professional aspirations. To get started, students and student mentors register and complete an online survey to assess personality and experience.

What do mentors and mentees discuss?

  • How will my major impact my professional options?
  • How do I balance the demands of school, responsibilities, and socializing?
  • How can I set myself up for academic, social, and career success?
  • How do I make connections with peers and professional contacts?

First Year Experience

Get all your questions answered by text message or email! Peer mentors will help you figure out all you need to know about CSUMB!

Second Year Experience 

Fellow enthusiastic students at CSUMB will help you understand how to make the most out of your exhilarating experience here!


Get information from students that have navigated the transfer process and are familiar with CSUMB's academic and social resources!

Become a Mentor

Adding some professional development experience as a Peer Mentor is great for your resume! We will also give participants a special cord to wear at graduation!

Want to learn more? Contact the Otter Collective.

I'm really excited to have someone there for me. It's nice knowing that I'm not completely alone and hopefully can be someone I can reach out to if I'm having a hard time in school or other activities
— Campus Collective Mentee
I would like to give back and help current students achieve their goals, sometimes all it takes is a simple conversation.
— Campus Collective Mentor