Kinesiology Freshmen

"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

All entering freshmen in Kinesiology & Health or Pre-Athletic Training are automatically enrolled.

Program Description

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 involvement.  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 advisors and upper-level student Peer Mentors who will help them become familiar with the Department of Kinesiology and campus resources.  Students will engage in field trips, 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.

Living Options


Signing up

Freshmen will register during summer orientation sessions.


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Tom Parker

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Mindy Cathcart