Smith Start

As a new member of our Smith family, you'll be joining our dynamic Smith Start community. Through small, linked courses and co-curricular programming, Smith Start aims to prepare you for the next four years and beyond. Smith Start will challenge you to engage, explore, and experience all the Smith community has to offer you as a student and emerging business professional!

All students admitted to the Smith School as freshmen are automatically members of the Smith Start program.

Smith Start Calendar

Semester 1

Required course: BMGT110F, Introduction to the Business Value Chain

Most students will take BMGT110 in the (F) section; Students in the Business, Society, and Economy Program as part of College Park Scholars will only be required to participate in co-curricular events as they enroll in BMGT110S during the spring semester. Students with BMGT110 transfer credit will coordinate program participation with the undergraduate programs office.

Co-Curricular Opportunities (subject to change each year):

  • Smith Freshman Convocation and Welcome BBQ
    Sunday, August 27, 2023, from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Build your Network; Build your Brand, with Guest Speaker Jennifer Gershberg
    Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Semester 2

Required course: BMGT367F, Career Search Strategies in Business

Co-Curricular Opportunities (subject to change each year):

  • Back to Business
    Wednesday, February 7, 2024, from 4 to p.m. at 2333 Van Munching Hall
    Attend the Smith Start Back to Business Winter Carnival to get free food, Smith swag, and learn about opportunities to get further involved in Smith and on Campus. Opportunities include study abroad, Smith fellows programs, undergraduate research, and more!
  • Smith Start Networking Day
    Friday, April 19, 2024, from 2 to 6 p.m.
    Don't miss the last Smith Start event of the year! This event will include a panel on networking, workshops, and a networking happy hour. Students will have the opportunity to learn networking strategies and meet with Smith alumni and corporate partners ahead of their first internship search next year.
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