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.
The ISU 4U Promise Learning Community is available only to ISU 4U Promise program participants. Prospective participants will be invited to join and contacted by the learning community coordinator.
The ISU 4U Promise learning community engages students through shared courses, social activities, mentorship and service. All ISU 4U Promise students will be enrolled in Library 160 and Dialogues on Diversity in the fall semester. Students will also take part in monthly meetings, out-of-class curricular and cultural events, and a spring service project.
The ISU 4U Promise learning community does not have a residential component.
All eligible students will enroll in the learning community during Orientation.
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
Open to all undergraduate students in any major, including open option, undecided and undeclared.
The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Learning Community provides a unique learning experience for students from all majors who have ever thought about starting their own business, who are currently running their own business, or who are simply looking to gain skill sets in entrepreneurship, leadership, and small business management. Students majoring in chemistry, marketing, engineering, and all other disciplines learn together in an entrepreneurial learning environment.
Students in the program are connected to mentors and speakers who contribute to student learning by sharing experiences and offering advice. Students have access to a support network rich in resources to help them develop new innovations or even launch their own companies. Students from a variety of majors will learn about entrepreneurship and innovation through classroom and extracurricular activities.
Students should register for Bus Ad 292 to participate in the weekly seminar class, which includes field trips, speakers, and fun team activities. The learning community includes an annual retreat and etiquette training dinner.
This is a non-residential learning community program.
Register for the required weekly seminar course, Bus Ad 292. The course is open to all majors and includes field trips, speakers, networking, and more. The course meets on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:45 am.
Judi Eyles Program Coordinator ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship 515-296-6754 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
The WiSE Residential Learning Community is one of the many ways to engage with WiSE during your first year. The residential learning community is designed to help first-year students connect and build a community with other women in 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 residential community. Each WiSE community has a peer mentor (sophomore and junior WiSE students) who assist first-year students in underrepresented STEM majors with a successful transition to college.
WiSE First-Year residential learning communities are located in: Richardson Court: Oak, Elm, Willow Halls Union Drive: Eaton, Friley, Helser, Martin Halls South Campus: Buchanan, Geoffroy Halls
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.