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 diving into our iSmith competencies, 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 before the fall semester will automatically be considered members of the Smith Start program.

Kristin LaRiviere, assistant director in the Smith Undergraduate Program Office, oversees the administration of the program.

Completion: Students who complete BMGT 110F and 367F, together with the co-curricular activities offered each semester will receive recognition at the end of the year.

Smith Start Calendar


Required course: BMGT110, 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. Students with BMGT110 transfer credit will coordinate program participation with Kristin LaRiviere.

Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Presentation to Freshman Class 2018Smith Leadership Institute: Your Smith Start adventure starts with our Smith Leadership Institute (SLI). At SLI, you'll connect with your cohort of peers, along with Smith upperclassmen, staff, and corporate partners. During the event, you'll be learning and exploring the landscape of contemporary business and the challenges you'll face as a budding business professional. Sponsored by EY
  • Fearless Futures: Our Smith Office of Career Services (OCS) and corporate partners discuss strategies to make the most of your opportunities in college so you can be best prepared for a competitive job market.
  • Critical & Innovative Thinking: In a dynamic workshop environment, you’ll learn from current & former QUEST students how to best utilize innovative thinking and critical thinking to develop meaningful projects
  • One Community: You'll engage in dialogue about the importance of communities to business. Emphasis will be placed on diversity and inclusion, and how supporting various forms of community is important to business success at micro- and macro-levels.


Freshman Networking Night

Required course: BMGT367F, Career Search Strategies in Business

Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Global Young Professionals Institute: At Global YPI, the Center for Global Business will introduce you to the Passport to Global Mindset, a tool to help you identify and take advantage of all the global opportunities at UMD and the Smith School.
  • Networking Day: First, you'll learn the intricacies and etiquette of networking. Then, you'll practice your skills with corporate partners and alumni, sharing your narrative about your competency growth and future development plans.
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