First developed in 2002, Common Threads is learning community for freshmen in the Apparel Merchandising, and Design (AMD) major. Common Threads consists of all AMD first-year students enrolling directly from high school. Approximately 27 students may live in the residential component in Maple Hall. The learning community consists of an academic, peer mentor, and residential component.
The academic component consists of a university orientation class and a major specific orientation. In addition, there is reserved seating in two beginning-level AMD classes: AMD 165 - Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in Society, and AMD 131 - Fashion Products and Markets. One section of English 150 is reserved for AMD students who would like to enhance their writing experiences with topics related more closely to their major.
Five to six AMD peer mentors work to provide students experiences and information to aid in the successful adjustment to the academic, social, and personal challenges college may present. Peer mentors organize study and project work sessions, creativity sessions, and social activities.
Residential – Twenty eight students are slated to live in Maple Hall on the second floor.
To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. Sign-up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.
New Event Management and Hospitality Management transfer students and change-of-majors are eligible to join.
The AESHM Transitions Learning community is designed to assist students in their overall transition to their new major in Event or Hospitality Management, to the College of Human Sciences, and to Iowa State University. Specifically, students will learn about academic policies, procedures, resources, programs, as well as have opportunities to explore personal and professional goals and develop as a leader. There is an emphasis on connecting students to peers, faculty, and opportunities that will promote growth and success through in and out-of-class activities that allow for teamwork, creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and self-management concepts.
Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during Transfer Orientation and class registration.
Students participating in the WiSE Transfer Experience focus on personal, professional, and leadership development while creating community with other transfer women in STEM. Students participating in the learning community also receive support from a peer mentor. WiSE transfer peer mentors are upper-division students (also former transfer students) in STEM majors, to help you transition to Iowa State. The WiSE Transfer Experience offers a variety of options and you have the opportunity to choose which component(s) are most beneficial to you. Sign up for the Transfer Experience or contact Sarah DuBois with any questions.
WiSE Transfer Residential Living (Optional)
WiSE offers transfer students the opportunity to live in community with other female STEM transfer students. We hold spots in Frederiksen Court, the University owned apartments, for our transfer students. To sign up, fill out your online Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus and select the WiSE Frederiksen Court Option under the learning communities tab.
WiSE offers scholarships to incoming, current and transfer students who are enrolled in STEM curricula at Iowa State. Scholarship criteria, applications, and deadlines are listed on the WiSE scholarship page here.
Questions regarding the WiSE Transfer Experience?
Contact: Sarah DuBois, Program for Women in Science and Engineering 218 Carver 515-294-5883 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Residential Living Option is one of the many ways to engage with WiSE during your first year. The residential clusters are designed to help first-year students connect and build a community with other women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In majors where women continue to be underrepresented at Iowa State, the residential option increases the retention and graduation rates for students living in a WiSE cluster.
WiSE first-year students have several location options available, all of which are formatted as clusters, where the majority of students are female-identifying and majoring in STEM fields.
I knew that I had an accessible program to use for academic, social and emotional resources. I knew that my peer mentor genuinely cared about my success and my personal growth as I transitioned into college life. The learning community experience also helped me to meet friends that share my academic and career interests. – Olivia T.
To me, the best part of being in a learning community is being surrounded by people with similar interests to you. Through learning communities, I have met people within my major and similar majors who I can study with, do homework with, and spend time with. – Emily T.
The best part of being in a learning community was having the opportunity to express myself in different ways. We had several different types of activities, events, and meetings that I was able to utilize. Whether it was a 1-on-1 with my peer mentor, or a group activity with my peers, my learning community gave me an opportunity to share how I was doing with academics, social life, and being away from home. This helped me throughout my first year at Iowa State and gave me a great foundation for how to succeed in the rest of my adventure at Iowa State. – Jenna S.
The best part of being in a learning community is knowing that there are people who you can call not only to get help with homework, but to hang out with. Having those kinds of friendships has been crucial to my time at Iowa State. – Shelby R.
Culinary Food Science, Dietetics, Food Science, Nutritional Science, and Pre-Diet and Exercise. (New students in these majors under either college: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences AND College of Human Sciences).
Incoming freshman and transfer students majoring in culinary food science, dietetics, food science, nutritional science, and pre-diet and exercise are invited to become part of the FSHN Learning Community. The learning community provides an opportunity for students with interests in food and nutrition careers to make meaningful connections both in and outside the classroom with their peers and departmental faculty. Students take several common courses during fall and spring semesters. Fall semester common courses include: Professional and Educational Preparation, Critical Thinking and Communication, and Introduction to Human Nutrition. Students register for additional courses based on their major.
Students connect with upper-class peer mentors as well as department faculty during social and professional activities, including service-learning projects and field trips. Mentors assist students in exploring career options and understanding the relevance of their coursework as it relates to their career work. Additionally, there is an option for freshman members to live together in the same residence hall, which allows students to easily study together and extend their course-based learning.
FSHN Learning Community freshman students have the option to live near other learning community students and have access to all of the educational, social, and recreational programs available to every residence hall student. If interested in the living option, sign up for the residential learning community option by clicking on the "Learning Community" tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your "priority date." Since the residential experience is optional, you may choose any housing preference and then participate in the learning community by signing up during orientation.
You can sign up for the learning community program while registering for classes during orientation.