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, 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
New transfer students in Psychology are eligible to join.
This semester-long learning community assists students in their transition to Iowa State and the Psychology department through opportunities to connect with peers, faculty, and resources on campus during their first semester. Students in the Psychology Transfer Learning Community enroll in the common course Psych 112, Section C, which is designed specifically for students transferring from other colleges or universities to Iowa State University (other new students will take either Psych 111 or other sections of Psych 112 for new freshmen). Completing this course and its related activities allows students to make meaningful connections with other psychology students, better understand departmental and college requirements, learn about opportunities and careers related to Psychology, and familiarize themselves with campus resources and services.
Students will also work with upper-level Psychology majors who will serve as peer mentors. The peer mentors will link students to resources within the department and across the Iowa State campus, provide academic support, and facilitate social activities within the learning community.
Students are able to join the Psychology Transfer Learning Community at the time they sign up for classes by adding Psych 112, Section C to their schedule. Contact the Psychology Advising Office for help to add the class.
HOME (Helping Open option students Manage Exploration)
Majors eligible to join: any student who is Open Option, Pre-Health, Pre-Med, or Pre-Law
Can you think of a time when you felt uncomfortable, out-of-place, like you didn’t fit in?
When it was happening, it was probably difficult to focus on anything but how out of sorts you felt.
Can you think of a time, even if you were in a new place, where you really felt like you were at home with the people and in the space you were in?
You likely felt excited, eager to participate, ready to try new things!
Many Open Option students wonder where they fit at Iowa State because they haven’t yet found their major – their academic home. The HOME Learning Community is intended to give students support as they navigate the exploration process at Iowa State. To help them find the spaces, places, and people that help them feel at home even as they are searching for their major or future profession.
Students will enroll in an orientation class and will participate in exploration events throughout the fall semester.
Signing Up: Students will sign up during Orientation. Please ask your adviser for more information.
First-Year Software Engineering students are eligible to join.
The Software Engineering Learning Community is a non-residential, course-based learning community program for first year software engineering students. Students will take a set of required courses with other software engineering students. Fall semester, students will take first semester course, S E 101: Software Engineering Orientation. The goal of this course is to provide an engaging learning environment for first semester freshman to learn policies, procedures and expectations at Iowa State University. Students will find resources for personal and academic success, as well as learn about educational requirements. Students will also be enrolled in common courses and participate in structured activities.
During spring semester, students will participate in S E 166: Software Engineering Careers. The goal of this course will be for students to learn of the career opportunities for Software Engineering majors and interact with potential employers. Students will continue to take common courses and participate in activities.
Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during June Orientation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Severson-Haban Hixson Opportunity Awards 1080 Hixson-Lied Student Success Center Ames, IA 50011-1383 515-294-6479 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org