Montana State University

Expanding Horizons

A Native American Mentoring Program

Montana State University is committed to the success of Native American students at the university and beyond. We strive to make MSU the college of choice for Native American students, and in addition to our excellent academic programs, we offer more than 30 programs geared specifically at supporting Native American Students.

What is Expanding Horizons?

Expanding Horizons is a mentoring program for new Native students that is designed to help you with the myriad of transitions students will be going through in the first year of college. It’s a small time commitment with a big pay off.

College is filled with all sorts of new opportunities and experiences for students, making for a very exciting new chapter in their lives. With those new experiences come new struggles and challenges. Expanding Horizons is a program designed to help Native students navigate their first year of college so that they know that there is support at MSU, and learn how to utilize the variety of support options to help them be successful students.

Coming to a new place can be both exciting and scary. While new students can’t bring thier entire support network with them in their suitcase when they arrive at MSU, we want to make sure that students feel comfortable in their new home as quickly as possible, and we want them to know that there are people to support them every step of the way. To help do that, we pair students with a faculty or staff mentors, who are interested in supporting them in the college transition, and helping them grow as individual people. Students and mentors attend monthly workshops and social events together, learning about available resources on campus through the Office of Student Success, Financial Aid, Career Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, ASMSU Sports and Recreational Fitness and many others. Peer leaders also work with students to help ensure that each participant can connect with support services to achieve personal and academic goals.

Learn more about Expanding Horizons here