All transfer students in their first semester with a major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).
The purpose of the CALS Transfer residential learning community is to assist new students in making a successful academic, social, and personal transition to Iowa State University. Activities include guest speakers, agriculture tours and social activities. Students in the CALS Transfer learning community will also enroll in a common section of ENGL 302 (Business Communication). The learning community will have a transfer student peer mentor that will support students with the transition to Iowa State University.
Housing in Frederiksen Court, the University owned apartments, is required for transfer students who participate in this learning community. CALS Transfer men and women are housed in separate 4 person (1 per bedroom) apartments.
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. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Registration for ENGL 302 takes place during transfer student orientation.
All multicultural students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are eligible.
The FOCUS Learning Community is a multicultural peer mentorship program that is designed to support incoming students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The program provides academic, social, and professional connections to aid in the successful transition to college. Students will participate in enriching activities that will help them develop a strong sense of community.
Benefits of FOCUS
Receive one-on-one guidance from a peer mentor
Successfully navigate your first-year experience
Increased opportunity for academic success
Attend fun monthly social events to build community and strong connections
Develop a strong network of peers to support you through your academic journey
No residential options are affiliated with the program.
Contact Jahmai Fisher, firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn more about the program and how to get involved.
"The best part of being in a learning community is the mentor/mentee connection that you can make and getting to know other students in the same boat as you." - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student
”Students who join learning communities have a special opportunity to connect with classmates---form study groups, serve as sounding boards for one another, and even develop lasting friendships throughout their four years at ISU. Seeing the same familiar faces in two classes every week creates a comfort level many college first-years don't experience, and finding comfort in the classroom setting inevitably leads to smoother learning and more permanent retention of vital communication skills that translate to the workplace."
Majors eligible to join
Students of any major (including Open Option) who register for English 214 and English 250.
Students will learn about the background, practical application of, techniques of, and demand for technical writing and web design/usability in the U.S. and worldwide. Through written, oral, visual, and electronic communication skills, they will complete summaries and rhetorical analyses related to topics in technical communication. They will also delve into visual website design and rhetoric and learn to analyze and evaluate visuals both in terms of their messages and in their creation as TComm deliverables. Finally, they will master argumentation, acting as mediators in debates centered around technology, its use/misuse in the workplace, and its presentation in writing and multimedia. Because all students enrolled in this section of English 250 will also be taking the same section of English 214, this will encourage a sense of community and create shared learning opportunities. Within this single learning community, students can satisfy an Arts and Humanities requirement and an ISUComm Foundations requirement! Students will also gain a greater understanding of technical communications as a field, potentially adding it as a major, second major, or minor. Tech Comm was recently rated the 14th best job in the U.S. by Career Cast and other sources, meaning that majors in English and related fields are becoming more and more lucrative as the demand for strong communicators rises!
Students will have the opportunity to register for this learning community during spring registration and June Orientation.
The best part of learning community is all of the connections I've made. I met some of my best friends when I was taking it as a freshman and I continue to meet new people all the time. It has also allowed me to connect with a lot of professors who have been valuable resources to me throughout my college career. - Kate
Majors eligible to join
The Chemistry Learning Community is intended for first-year and transfer majors in chemistry, but is open to any student with an interest in chemistry.
The Chemistry Learning Community (CLC) seeks to build a community environment that fosters the educational and emotional growth of chemistry students. Because of the importance of research in chemistry, the CLC is centered on a research theme. The CLC holds weekly meetings and activities with freshmen and transfer students throughout the year. Students enroll in Chemistry 101A (fall only) and Chem 101B (spring only) “Chemistry Learning Community Orientation.” We will introduce students to support services, resources, and opportunities at ISU including AccessPlus, Canvas, and the Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Majors (SCUM) – our chemistry club. We will develop team-building, problem-solving, and professional skills, provide educational and service-based field trips, and invite faculty to discuss their research. We will also have some activities just for fun!
Our goals include:
building a supportive community for our freshmen and transfer students by creating and promoting connections between the majors, peer mentors, faculty and staff,
exposing freshmen and transfer students to undergraduate research opportunities, and
helping students learn coping, problem-solving and communication skills.
This is a non-residential learning community.
All incoming first-year and transfer chemistry majors will automatically become part of the Chemistry Learning Community when they register for courses at summer orientation. Be sure to show up in August for the learning community orientation events which will be held just prior to the start of classes.
Any major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
ACES is a residential learning community with space for 25 men and 25 women. Activities include meals followed by informal talks by guest speakers, visits to area agribusinesses, tours of special interest facilities on campus, study groups, and service projects, and social activities.
ACES men and women are housed on separate floors in Maple Hall, with an upper class ag student peer mentor living among them on each 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. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.
"Being involved in a learning community has been an incredibly beneficial experience as it introduced me to some of my closest friends in college, assimilated me with being a college student, and opened many new doors for my adventure at ISU. My successes and accomplishments would not be near as far as they are today without the knowledge and connections I developed from my learning community." -Ryan
"For me, the best part about being involved in a learning community is the relationships gained. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences seems large and can often be terrifying to new students. Being a part of a learning community or "team" as we like to call it, allows you to meet familiar faces and have an upperclassman student who can guide you in the right direction and answer questions you may have. I love seeing students involved in my learning team around campus, and following their successes within clubs, classes, and with new obstacles such as job interviews and internships. Being involved in a learning community is a great learning experience and I am grateful to grow as a peer mentor and a leader." -Megan
Majors eligible to join
Agricultural Business and Economics
The Agricultural Business Learning Community is for first-year students majoring in Agricultural Business. Members of the Ag Bus Learning Community are divided into 4-5 Teams of 18-20 students, with one Team composed of transfer students. Each Learning Team takes 4-5 classes together (normally Econ 101 and 110, English Composition and Mathematics). Some of these courses allow for curricular connections and opportunities for Supplemental Instruction and tutoring. The Ag Business Learning Community is not a residential Community but students are able to participate, concurrently, in other university residential Learning Communities such as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ACES Learning Community. Each Ag Business Learning Team is assigned 1-2 upper class students who serve as peer mentors. Peer Mentors meet with Learning Team students twice a week during fall semester and also coordinate a variety of programs and interactive activities to help bring students and faculty together.
The general goals and objectives of the Agricultural Business Learning Community are to provide opportunities for structured and frequent interaction among first year students, and with faculty and staff in the department; provide opportunities for students to work cooperatively and productively with others including upper level students; help facilitate student’s transition to ISU through targeted activities and programs; help students gain and refine academic proficiencies through linked courses, develop career interests, and adapt more easily to college life while networking with businesses, professors, and most importantly peers. Thus, the Agricultural Business Learning Community is designed to provide new students with the best experience to help them succeed both academically and socially at ISU.
Agricultural Business Learning Community members can concurrently belong to the College of Ag ACES Learning Community, which provides a residential living option.
All Agricultural Business and Economics Majors will be given an opportunity to sign up for a Learning Team during summer orientation or at the time they sign up for fall semester classes.