“Students Making a Realistic Transition” (SMART) is a transition program for first year students of color.  The goal of SMART is to prepare these students for academic and social success by facilitating a realistic transition from high school to college.  What does a ‘realistic’ transition look like?  It’s a transition in which students adjust to the expectations and rigors of academic life within a collegiate atmosphere while maintaining a healthy social and personal life.  It’s the foundation young people need to transition into successful adulthood.  SMART is a group effort:  parents, faculty and staff working together to support our students of color in being all that they can be! 

How can SMART help me? 

  • By assisting you in identifying resources (people, places, things), you will become proactive in seeking support.
  • You will begin to experience a sense of community as you and other students begin to learn, work and have fun together!
  • You will gain confidence as you begin to negotiate your new college environment and experience academic and social successes.

What do I need to do?

Simply click on the link below and submit your on-line application.  Deadline is Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

SMART Program Application

Got questions?  Call or email Renée Thompson at (419) 755-4109 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Come on, make the SMART choice!


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