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 Audrey Kennis, 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
The Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) Scholarship is awarded to 100 incoming, multicultural freshmen students who are Iowa residents. Students are eligible to receive the full-tuition scholarship for 8 continuous semesters by maintaining their cumulative GPA at a 2.0 or higher. The MVP learning community provides students with opportunities for academic success, career development, identity development and leadership development.
Specifically the program provides:
First year seminar courses (PSYCH 131 and UST 102A)
Academic support and tutoring
Assessment of learning ability using the College Student Inventory (CSI)
Individual meetings to help students develop an integrated academic and social plan for academic success
Meetings with essential university offices and departments to connect students with campus resources
Peer mentoring with sophomore and junior students
Cohort/team building activities that encourage a sense of belonging and inclusion
Funding to support professional development (i.e. registration for professional conferences, travel expenses associated with professional conferences in a student’s major, professional organization dues)
This Learning Community and its courses are only open to recipients of the MVP Award.
All new students who identify as men of color are eligible to join.
The purpose of the Men of Color Leadership Development Course is to assist new students (who identify as men of color) in their transition to Iowa State University both academically and personally.
This spring semester course aims to foster a sense of belonging, promote engagement and encourage self- responsibility. The course will expose students to campus resources, allow them to attend various events on campus and interact with faculty/staff at ISU and community members. The course will also provide space for discussions related to experiences of men of color on college campuses and in society, generally and Iowa State University, specifically.
Students that participate in the Men of Color Collective will be contacted to verify interest in participating in the learning community.
All students in any major are eligible to join Leadership ISU.
Leadership ISU is a leadership focused Learning Community designed to help students develop capacity for practicing leadership on campus and impacting organizational and community-based change in our world. This community is partnered with Campus Leadership Development (LD ST 270), a course designed for students who want to get involved on campus, work with community partners, and develop a professional network to advance their career trajectories. The Student Activities Center is a critical partner providing key connections for students in this learning community to lead the amazing possibilities for students at Iowa State. This learning community provides highly interactive experiences that create opportunities for students to be leaders on campus, shape change in their communities, and establish a professional network leading to success at Iowa State and after graduation.
Campus Leadership Development (LD ST 270), is divided into two parts: 1) dynamic lectures, and 2) small group experiences within the community. Small groups are facilitated by Peer Mentors, corporate executives, and community partners to ensure a broad leadership experience. This course provides students with learning opportunities that are grounded in working with community organizations (e.g. The United Way, Boys and Girls Club, Ames Community School District, etc.) to create social change. Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate capacity for practicing leadership and leave with a professional network directly linked to their career success. Create a foundation for an awesome Iowa State experience by focusing on leadership and joining the Leadership ISU learning community!
As a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following linked to the critical competencies and capacities for leadership effectiveness:
Knowledge and application of the leadership theory and practice for social change
Agency for service-learning and community development
Ability to articulate knowledge and behaviors for advancing personal, team, and societal values
Effective communication practices aimed at organizational and community advancement
Ability to engage in and lead Iowa State University and community-based initiatives and organizations
Ability to create professional networks for the advancement of career trajectories
Students that register for the LD ST 270 sections 1-3 will be participating in the learning community.
Open to Hixson Award recipients in all majors across all colleges.
One hundred high school seniors are selected annually from across Iowa (ideally, one from each county) to receive the Hixson Opportunity Award which is equal to 1/2 tuition. The Hixson program strives to enhance success through student-centered learning and enrichment opportunities. Hixson Scholars enroll in a core course during the first fall semester to help build community. University Studies 101A: Hixson Seminar provides an introduction to life and resources at Iowa State and an orientation to the services of the Hixson Program. This course helps Hixson Award recipients adjust to college life, develop a better understanding of self, and understand learning processes. It includes a large-group lecture format and smaller recitation sections.
Students in the Hixson Program have 24-hour a day access to the Hixson Study Lab in the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center complete with study lounge, computer lab, and wireless access.
Hixson Scholars are encouraged to live in the Richardson Court neighborhood near the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center, home to the Hixson Program office. View the options at http://www.housing.iastate.edu/places/.
U ST 101A and the Hixson Program are only open to recipients of the Hixson Opportunity Award.
Debra Sanborn, Director Hixson Opportunity Awards 1080 Hixson-Lied Student Success Center Ames, IA 50011-1383 515-294-6479 email@example.com
Allison Severson-Haban Hixson Opportunity Awards 1080 Hixson-Lied Student Success Center Ames, IA 50011-1383 515-294-6479 firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to financial support received through the scholarship award, GWC scholars register and participate in The Carver Academy. The Carver Academy is structured to enhance, encourage, and support its participants' academic, social, and cultural activities throughout their college experience. To promote continuous learning, achievement, and integrity, the Carver Academy provides the following:
University Studies courses. The University Studies course(s) for GWC scholars are designed to help scholars adjust or adapt to student life at ISU, meet the ISU challenge of academic excellence, take advantage of opportunities that are aimed to enhance social and leadership skills, and develop an appreciation for diversity.
Academic Outreach. The Carver Academy is committed to Academic Outreach to all GWC Scholars. Whether you are having a challenging semester or a successful semester, the Carver Academy will reach out to you and provide the support you need to succeed at ISU. The Carver Academy provides one free tutoring each semester, advising, and connecting students to the support services on campus.
Personal Crisis Intervention. The Carver Academy is also available when students are in crisis. Personal Crisis Intervention is provided to support students when they are going through a difficult situation in their lives.
Involvement Opportunities There are many involvement opportunities on campus and the Carver Academy encourages students to get involved.
Professional Development Fund. Carver Scholars are able to request funding for professional development. Funds are available on a first-come first-serve basis. For more information, please contact the Multicultural Student Affairs Office.
Career Exploration. The Carver Academy works with the Career Exploration Center to organize Career Exploration workshops to help prepare students for their Future Careers. The Carver also work with coorporation such as Cargill to provide internship opportunities for Carver Scholars
This Learning Community and its courses are only open to recipients of the George Washington Carver Scholarship.
The First-Year Honors Program introduces approximately 400 qualified first-year students to the concept of an honors education, gives them the opportunity to explore the University Honors Program as a possible means of achieving their academic goals, and acquaints them with the faculty, staff, and activities of the Honors Program. Students in the First-Year Honors Program may, if interested and qualified, apply for membership in the University Honors Program at the end of their first semester. Students in the First-Year Honors Program have 24-hour a day access to the Jischke Honors Building, complete with lounge, kitchen, computer lab, and wireless access. Students also have access to Honors seminars, opportunities to attend conferences, and the ability to take their courses as Honors courses.
Honors students have a core set of courses intended to help build community. The core is comprised of three required courses: ENGL 250H: First-Year Composition for Honors Students, HON 121: First-Year Honors Seminar, and LIB 160: Library Instruction. Students may take other honors courses and seminars as well. During the spring semester, students may enroll in the First-Year Honors Mentor Program, an opportunity for first-year students to become involved with the concept of research and become active partners in the research process.
Honors Program students have several Honors housing options available, including three different Honors Houses on which only students in the Honors Program may reside, and two Honors clusters on which the majority of the students are in the Honors Program.
Students who have been offered admission to Iowa State University are welcome to apply to the First-Year Honors Program. The application can be submitted on-line at: http://www.honors.iastate.edu/. Successful applications will have an ACT English score of at least 24 (SAT Verbal score of 550), and must meet at least one of the following criteria:
Be in the upper 5% of your high school graduating class
Have an ACT composite score of at least 30 (or 1400 SAT)
Be a National Merit or National Achievement Semifinalist
Students are admitted on a rolling basis, with priority to applications received before April 1. Students will be notified of their admission status within 2-3 weeks of applying.
Emily Wilcox University Honors Program 2130 Jischke Honors Building Ames, IA 50011 515-294-4371 email@example.com
”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, an ISUComm Foundations requirement, and a US Diversity 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.
Any first-year majors who’ve met the qualifications for entry into English 250.
Writing Gender is a learning community open to students of any major (including Open Option) that links a section of WS 201 with a section of English 250. Students will learn about the contemporary status of women and gender diversity from social, economic, historical, political and literary perspectives. Through writing, oral and visual communication skills, they will analyze the intersection of gender, race, class, nationality and sexuality in the US and globally. Because all students enrolled in the section of English 250 will also be taking the same section of WS 201, this will foster an additional sense of community and collaborative learning experiences. Within this one learning community, students can satisfy an Arts and Humanities requirement, an ISU Comm requirement and a US Diversity requirement. Students will also gain more insight into the nature of a major or second major in WS.
Sign up will take place during Orientation. Please ask your adviser for details.
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.