• SMART Program

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

  • S.M.A.R.T. Program
    Student Mentoring Academic Resource Team


    The S.M.A.R.T Program is all-inclusive and provided at no cost to participants.

    The S.M.A.R.T. Program is an extension of the S.M.A.R.T. Start mentorship program and open to all MSUM students.  Throughout the year, S.M.A.R.T. program peer success advisors and mentors deliver events and programs to engage  students in fun and interesting co-curricular activities.  Workshops include learning more about our identities, building positive relationships, and staying connected with your peers. Stop by our office to learn more about the benefits of joining the S.M.A.R.T. program and how to get involved!

    The S.M.A.R.T. Program is designed to assist in your transition to college. Research has shown that if a college or university can help students with their transition, students have a higher rate of success in college.

    S.M.A.R.T. Start Program

    This 3-day mentoring program (Monday, August 17 - Wednesday, August 19 at MSUM), offers new (first-year and transfer) MSUM students an all-expenses paid opportunity to get a headstart in meeting new friends, engaging with faculty, and starting the year off strong. By participating in this mentoring program, students are even more likely to be successful in their first semester of college and persist to graduation. Students will take part in social and educational activities that will prepare them socially and academically.


    Participants must identify with one of the following groups to qualify for the program:

    • Come from a diverse ethnic minority background
    • Identify as a sexual minority
    • Be a first generation college student (neither parent completed a 4-year degree/baccalaureate)
    • Come from a low income family

    Typical Daily Program Schedule:

                AM|     9:00    Breakfast


                 AM|   10:00    Reading & Current Event Discussion


                 AM|   11:30    Mentor-Mentee Activity


                 PM|   12:00    Lunch


                 PM|     1:00    Technology on campus


                 PM|     2:00    Leave for Lindenwood Park


                 PM|     2:30    Activities at Lindenwood Park


                 PM|     4:30    Barbeque    


                 PM|     5:30    Leave for campus


                 PM|     6:00    Campus Involvement and Leadership - Office of Activities


                 PM|     7:00    Leave for bowling


                 PM|     7:30    Bowling


                 PM|     9:00    Return to campus

    2015 S.M.A.R.T. Program Application

    If you or any of your students have further questions about the SMART Start Program, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 218.477.2652 or email us diversity@mnstate.edu.

    Download the printable S.M.A.R.T. Start Program Brochure


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