• SMART Start

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

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  • Student Mentoring Academic Resource Team (SMART) Start Program

    The SMART Start Program is all-inclusive and provided at no cost to participants.

    The SMART Start Program is designed to assist incoming MSUM freshman and transfer students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education experience a smooth transition to college. Each incoming student is matched with a current MSUM student who will serve as their mentor throughout the program. Students participate in activities related to diversity, engage in workshops to learn about resources available on campus, interact with individuals from numerous departments across campus, and develop a support network among their peers, staff, and faculty. The mission of the program is to ensure that each incoming student has the resources needed to achieve their personal, academic, and career goals. 

    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 traditionally underrepresented populations:

    • Diverse ethnic minority background
    • Sexual minority
    • First generation college student (neither parent/guardian completed a bachelor's degree)
    • Low income family/background


    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 Activity
    •  12:00 PM    Lunch
    •    1:00 PM    Financial Literacy-Financial Aid
    •    2:00 PM    Campus Involvement & Leadership-Student Activities
    •    3:30 PM    Campus 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.

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