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.
"Being in a learning community enhances your college experience. You are welcomed into an encouraging atmosphere that gives you the tools and confidence to grow. The people you meet become your friends and motivate you to succeed."
Majors eligible to join
Only freshmen in the Kinesiology & Health and Pre-Athletic Training majors will have computer access during registration.
The goals of the Kinesiology Freshman Learning Community are: 1) to encourage career exploration and appropriate career selection; 2) foster connectedness to other Kinesiology students, the Department of Kinesiology, and Iowa State University; 3) assist new students in making a successful transition to college; and 4) encourage positive citizenship through campus activities and service-learning. Students will take a cluster of courses together that address these goals, typically KIN 252, 253, and Health Studies (H S) 110.
Students will work with academic advisers and upper-level students called Peer Mentors who will help them become familiar with the Department of Kinesiology and campus resources. Students will engage in field trips, service-learning activities, study sessions, in-class activities, as well as campus and community activities to explore career interests, gain experience, and network with relevant programs and people. The learning community activities are part of the freshman orientation class, KIN 253, which students complete during their first semester. Related activities are offered during the spring semester, such as study sessions, additional field trips, time with Peer Mentors, etc.
Freshmen will register during summer orientation sessions.
All first-year students of color within the College of Human Sciences are eligible to join.
The goal is to develop a community of students of color and give you the opportunity to meet new people and learn about campus resources. It is a place for you to connect to the university community and the College of Human Sciences. We focus on Academic Success, Leadership, Networking with Faculty, Staff and Alumni.
Connect Four includes:
Meetings twice a month
Free food at meetings
A peer mentor who can ‘show you the ropes’
Academic support (students who participate in Connect Four have a higher average GPA’s than students who choose not to)
Fun–we have a good time
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about upcoming meetings and how you can get involved. First-year students can sign-up with the College of Human Sciences Multicultural Liaison Officer during Orientation.
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 email@example.com
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 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.
Transfer students or students who have changed their major to: Culinary Food Science, Diet & Exercise, Dietetics, Food Science, or Nutritional Science.
This semester-long learning community assists students in transitioning to the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department through opportunities to engage with other peers and faculty members in the department. Students in the learning community have the opportunity to participate in social, professional, service-learning, and study group experiences.
Students sign up for the learning community by enrolling in section 2 or 3 of FS HN 110, Professional and Educational Preparation.
Culinary Food Science, Pre-Dietetics, Food Science, Nutritional Science, and Pre-Diet and Exercise (First-year students in these majors under either college: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences AND College of Human Sciences).
Incoming first-year students majoring in culinary food science, pre-dietetics, food science, nutritional science, and pre-diet and exercise are invited to apply and become part of the FSHN Learning Community. The yearlong 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: FSHN Professional and Educational Preparation, Critical Thinking and Communication, and Principles of Biology. 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 learning community 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 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 summer orientation.
You can sign up for the learning community program while registering for classes during orientation.
Anne Oldham, MS, RD, LD, Academic Adviser Food Science & Human Nutrition Dept. 220 MacKay Hall Phone: 515-294-6414 Email: email@example.com
The learning community is focused on students majoring in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Agricultural Biochemistry, but is open to any student interested in these fields.
As they begin their academic experience at ISU, it is vital that our students are secure in their sense of community. The B&B Learning Community is a very highly valued departmental effort and is recognized for its positive impact on all aspects of our departmental mission in pursuit of academic and research excellence. Successful integration into the department is essential for students to achieve their academic potential. With this integration, come the relationships with faculty that have always been an essential element of positive influence for students. The department of BBMB is an optimal size for being able to offer students personal attention as well as outstanding opportunities for research and growth to each student.
We look forward to welcoming you to Iowa State University.