Learn more about the mission of SMART and how to become a member of the organization.

Our Mission

This mission of SMART is:

  • To assist in the recruitment of underrepresented student populations.
  • To assist the Penn State community, faculty, staff and support services with developing positive relationships within the diverse student body.
  • To increase retention and graduation rates of minorities by incorporating the use of workshops and conferences focused on student success.

What is SMART?

In order to know whether you want to become a part of SMART, you have to know a little bit more about who we are and what we do.


We are a student volunteer affiliate organization run out of the Undergraduate Admissions Office with Penn State. We recruit new members every Fall and Spring semester. We have close to 100 active members, including 14 Executive Board leadership positions.
We are a group of underrepresented students who work collaboratively with Penn State's Undergraduate Admissions Office to create an environment conducive to the success and retention of underrepresented minorities.
We are a resource to prospective minority students and families who may have questions about the experience of being an underrepresented student at Penn State.
We are current undergraduate students who assist the Undergraduate Admissions Office in recruiting under-represented students by giving tours, panels and participating in special recruitment activities such as Spend a Fall Day and Achievers Weekend.
We are students who like to have fun. Our organization is comprised of five different committees (Panel, Tour, Overnight, THON, and Activities) that provide opportunities to not only get involved with the Undergraduate Admissions Office, but also with each other and other student organizations.

Our History

The Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team was founded in December of 1988 by seventeen undergraduate students. These students wanted to share their success at Penn State and assist the University with the recruitment of ethnic minorities. These undergraduates felt that the student perspective is crucial in relaying to prospective minority students that Penn State University was a great place for them to succeed. Since its inception, SMART has made major contributions in the recruitment of minorities at Penn State. SMART continues to play an instrumental role in increasing the enrollment of minority students.