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  • 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 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 is open to all MSUM students.  Throughout the year the 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, they 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 under-served MSUM students an all-expenses paid opportunity to get a head-start in making friends, engaging with faculty, and starting the year off strong. By participating in this mentoring program your students are even more likely to be successful in their first semester of college and persist to graduation. The students will take part in a handful of social and educational activities that will prepare students socially and academically, making the most of your personal and academic skills.


    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 attended college)
    • Come from a low income family


    Typical Daily Program Schedule

    8:00 - 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast
    9:00 a.m. - Noon | Group Sessions I
    Noon - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch
    1:15 - 4:15 p.m. | Group Sessions II
    5:15 - 6:15 p.m. | Supper
    7:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Group Sessions III
    8:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Open Time

    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 to

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


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