SMART Start Program

Minnesota State University Moorhead is committed to creating a culture of student success and completion. SMART Start is part of this commitment. Short for “Student Mentoring Academic Resource Team,” SMART Start is a two-credit Math focused program that kicks off the fall semester for first year students invited to the program.

The primary goal of SMART Start is to help students transition successfully from high school to college. SMART Start provides programming that removes social and psychological barriers that can inhibit students from succeeding at college in the classroom and outside the classroom. After completing SMART Start, students will have made meaningful connections with their peers, student mentors, and professors. And, through these connections, students will develop a better understanding that success in their first semester Math course will be dependent on hard work and collaboration.

Three Components of SMART start

  1. Peer-led cohorts to foster a sense of belonging.
  2. Pre-semester, for-credit course that continues into first semester and serves as a companion course to any Math course.
  3. Mentors and Faculty that normalize seeking help.

For more information, please contact firstyearprograms@mnstate.edu.

Pre-Semester Tentative Program Schedule 2021-2022 Academic Year

Sunday, August 15, 2021

  • 1:00 pm | Move-In

Monday, August 16, 2021

  • 9:00 am-10:00 am | Breakfast
  • 10:00 am-12:00 pm | Welcome
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Lunch
  • 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Connecting through Math
  • 2:00 pm-2:30 pm | Break
  • 2:30 pm-4:00 pm | Do you speak Math?
  • 4:00 pm-5:30 pm | Chill Time
  • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm | Supper
  • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm | Narrative 4
  • 9:00 pm-12:00 am | Social Programming

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

  • 9:00 am-10:00 am | Breakfast
  • 10:00 am-11:00 pm | Academic Skills
  • 11:00 am-11:30 am | Brain Break
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm | Lunch
  • 12:30 pm-2:00 pm | Collaborative Connections Lead to Success
  • 2:00 pm-4:00 pm | Narrative 4
  • 4:00 pm-5:30 pm | Downtime
  • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm | Supper
  • 8:00 pm-11:00 pm | Social Programming

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

  • 9:00 am-10:00 am | Breakfast
  • 10:00 am-11:00 am | Math 101
  • 11:00 am-11:30 am | Snack Break
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm | Ready to Launch
  • 12:30 pm-2:00 pm | Lunch & Rest
  • 2:00 pm-5:30 pm | Social Programming
  • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm | Supper
  • 8:00 pm-11:00 pm | Social Programming

Thursday, August 19, 2021

  • 9:00 am-10:00 am | Breakfast
  • 10:00 am-11:00 am | Mathextraganza
  • 11:00 am-11:30 am | Snack Break
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm | Learning through Doing
  • 12:30 pm-3:00 pm | Lunch & Rest
  • 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Meet Your Dragon Mentor
  • 5:00 pm-7:00 pm | Supper
  • 7:30 pm-8:00 pm | Residence Hall Meetings
  • 8:00 pm-8:30 pm | Learning Community Meetings
  • 8:30 pm-11:30 pm | Late Night Programming

Friday, August 20, 2021

  • 9:00 am-10:00 am | Breakfast
  • 10:30 am-11:30 am | Academic Department Meetings
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm | Lunch
  • 12:30 pm-3:00 pm | Math Adventures! 
  • 5:00 pm-7:00 pm | Supper
  • 8:30 pm-11:30 pm | Late Night Programming

Saturday, August 21, 2021

  • Follow the Dragon Welcome Week Schedule!