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  • SMART Program

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

  • SMART Program

    The SMART Program is an extension of the SMART Start mentorship program and is open to all MSUM students.  Throughout the year the SMART 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 SMART program and how to get involved!

    SMART Start Program

    Easing the transition of underrepresented students from High School to College

    This 3-day mentoring program (Sunday, August 18 - Tuesday, August 20 at MSUM), formerly Summer Bridge, offers freshmen underserved 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. Some of the activities that the students will have the privilege of being a part in are a tour of the science center, Plains Art Museum tour (downtown), dinner with the Provost, "Write your own story", "Making friends and getting along with others" and Strengths Quest - Making the most of your personal and academic skills.

    To qualify for participation:

    • Students must be officially accepted to MSUM for the fall semester
    • Students must have a High School GPA of 2.8 or higher or must have received a cumulative ACT score of 20 or higher
    • 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
      • Are a first generation college student (neither of their parents attended college)
      • Come from a low income family

    If you or any of your students have further questions about the SMART Start Program please contact Karim Ahmath at 218.477.2476 or

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