• SMART Start

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

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  • Student Mentoring Academic Resource Team (SMART) Start Program

     SMART Start Brochure 2016


    The 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 participate in activities related to diversity, engage 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 they need 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 14, to Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

    How do I qualify to participate in the SMART Start Program at MSUM?

    Participants must be accepted and enrolled at MSUM for fall semester 2016, have completed the FAFSA for the 2016-2017 academic year, be a citizen of the United States, and identify with at least one of the following populations:

    • Historically Underrepresented (African American, American Indian/Native Alaskan, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino)
    • LGBTQ+ Community
    • First generation college student (neither parent/guardian has a 4-year college degree)
    • Pell Grant Eligible

    What does a typical day in the SMART Start Program look like?

    •   9:00 AM     Breakfast
    •  10:00 AM    Mentor/Mentee Activity
    •  10:30 AM    Diversity Hot Topics: Current Events Discussion
    •  12:00 PM    Lunch
    •    1:00 PM    Financial Literacy Session
    •    2:00 PM    Campus Involvement & Leadership Session
    •    3:30 PM    Scavenger Hunt
    •    4:30 PM    Free Time
    •    5:00 PM    Dinner
    •    6:00 PM    Dance Lessons
    •    8:00 PM    Free Time
    •    9:00 PM    Bonfire and S'mores

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

    APPLY for SMART Start here: 2016 SMART Program Application

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