Alliance for Iowa State
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Iowa State University strives to help new students get acquainted and transition to college life through Orientation and Destination Iowa State. These programs help students get connected to campus, which leads to their long-term success. This past summer, a record number of students attended these programs!


  • Orientation: Orientation at Iowa State is designed to help both students and families transition to college successfully. During the one-and-a-half-day program, students meet with an academic adviser, register for classes, obtain their ISU ID Card, sign up for their Iowa State email, get acquainted with campus, consult with a financial aid adviser if needed, and learn about resources such as tutoring, counseling, and student clubs. Family members learn ways to help their students be successful and stay connected when their student leaves home.
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  • Destination: Destination Iowa State is a 3-day program after students move to campus where they learn the keys to being successful at college, from the basics of walking to their classrooms, money management strategies, and the diversity of Iowa State, to learning what will be expected in their classes by interacting with faculty. Teams of about 13 students stay together for the three days of activities, fostering life-long friendships. The teams also work together to "pay it forward" by participating in community service projects on and off campus.
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Did you know? Research shows that students who participate in these programs have higher retention and graduation rates. Programs that get students engaged help them to be successful!



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The Alliance for Iowa State is maintained by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. 


The Alliance for Iowa State is a coalition of Iowa State University alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends.

The Alliance advocates Iowa State University's land grant mission throughout Iowa while focusing its advocacy on

state legislators and public policy makers.