SMART Start Program

  • The Student Mentoring Academic Resource Team (SMART) Start Program is designed to empower new students who are historically underrepresented in higher education. Participants are matched with an upperclass MSUM student mentor, many of whom have been SMART Start mentees in the past. Students engage in activities to share their diverse cultures and identities, participate in workshops to learn about resources available on campus, and develop a support network among their peers, staff, and faculty.

    The mission of the program is to ensure that each new Dragon has the resources needed to achieve their personal, academic and career goals.

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion covers all program costs, including the cost of early move-in to the residence halls.

    The SMART Start Program will be held from Sunday, August 19, to Wednesday, August 22, 2018. After the initial program in August, additional workshops and activities are hosted throughout the first year for SMART Start students. Examples of previous activities include: bowling, Sky Zone, craft and game nights, study groups, and a workshop discussing strategies for students to talk to and connect with their professors.

    2018 SMART Start Program Application

    If you have more questions about the SMART Start Program, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

  • Participants must be accepted and enrolled at MSUM for fall semester 2018, have completed the FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year, be a citizen of the United States, and identify as at least one of the following:

    • Historically underrepresented (African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx)
    • LGBTQ+
    • First generation college student (neither parent/guardian has a 4-year college degree)
    • Pell Grant eligible
    • 10:00 a.m. Breakfast
    • 11:00 a.m. Career Development Center Presentation
    • 11:30 a.m. Mentor Panel Discussion
    • 12:30 p.m. Public Safety Presentation
    • 1:00 p.m. Lunch and discussion with SPECTRUM President
    • 2:00 p.m Class Activity & Scavenger Hunt
    • 3:00 p.m Library Activity
    • 4:00 p.m Free Time
    • 5:00 p.m Pizza Party with President Blackhurst & Faculty/Staff Guests
    • 6:30 p.m Dessert at Dairy Queen

    SMART Start Scholars provides sophomore year programming for students who participated in the SMART Start Program during their freshman year. This is a new opportunity for SMART Start students, beginning with the 2017 cohort. More information will be posted soon.