SMART Start Math Program 2021

August 15-22, 2021

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.

How do I qualify to participate in SMART Start 2021?

Participants must be accepted to MSUM and enrolled in a Math course for fall semester 2021, be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and identify with at least one of the following populations:

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

What will the SMART Start schedule look like?

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What are students saying about SMART Start?

  • “I met my best friend through SMART Start and it helped me transition a lot easier to college life.” – Araceli Spotted Thunder, Cultural Anthropology
  • “It changed my life.” – Emily King, Social Work
  • “I graduated high school with a class of 30. Being able to transition to college with a similar sized group before the traditional welcome week was such a crucial move for me, and has helped me in more ways that I can explain.” – Brianna Bradley, Music Industry
  • “It was a fun experience. I made great friendships that last.” – Hannah Andrusko-Starks, Cultural Anthropology & International Studies

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 (Math 101)
  • 2:00 pm-2:30 pm | Break
  • 2:30 pm-4:00 pm | Do you speak Math? (Math 101)
  • 4:00 pm-5:30 pm | Chill Time
  • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm | Supper
  • 7:00 pm-10:00 pm | Thunder Road

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

  • 9:00 am-10:00 am | Breakfast
  • 10:00 am-11:00 pm | Academic Skills (Math 101)
  • 11:00 am-11:30 am | Brain Break
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm | Collaborative Connections Lead to Success (Math 101)
  • 12:30 pm-2:00 pm | Lunch with campus Leaders
  • 2:00 pm-4:00 pm | Campus Leaders Social
  • 4:00 pm-5:30 pm | Downtime
  • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm | Supper
  • 7:30 pm-11:00 pm | DQ and a Movie

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 (Math 101)
  • 12:30 pm-2:00 pm | Lunch & Rest
  • 2:00 pm-5:30 pm | Escape Room (Math 101)
  • 5:30 pm-8:00 pm | Supper Downtown
  • 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 (Math 101)
  • 11:00 am-11:30 am | Snack Break
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm | Learning through Doing (Math 101)
  • 12:30 pm-3:00 pm | Lunch & Rest

*Dragon Welcome Week activities begin!

  • 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
  • 8:30 pm-11:30 pm | Late Night Programming

Friday, August 20, 2021

  • Follow the Dragon Welcome Week Schedule!

Saturday, August 21, 2021

  • Follow the Dragon Welcome Week Schedule!