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, email@example.com, 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 Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) is a supportive community dedicated to making STEM equitable and welcoming for all. The goal of WiSE is to provide the network and resources WiSE students need to excel in their studies, approach their career with confidence, and become advocates and leaders. Female students in a STEM major are automatically in WiSE.
This course equips WiSE students with skills needed to persist and thrive in their chosen STEM major at Iowa State and beyond. Students explore experiences of diverse women leaders in STEM fields, engage with peers across STEM fields, and develop community in small groups with peer leaders. This course also fulfills the U.S. Diversity requirement.
*this includes women who are cisgender, trans, of trans experience, etc.
All women in STEM are automatically in WiSE and will receive our newsletter, The Hoot, to their Iowa State email. Follow us on social media (@wise_isu) for the latest events and programs. Students are encouraged to stop into the WiSE Office at 218 Carver for studying, snacks and conversation!
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.
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.