Why Join a LC?

"Because of my experience with the LC, I decided to study abroad. That experience taught me more about myself and my place in the world than I would have ever dreamed possible. The LC played a major part in my decision to go on that adventure."

Join a Learning Community to: 

  • Make the big campus smaller -- helps you make a fast, smooth, and easy transition to Iowa State
  • Get to know people and make friends in your major or area of interest right away
  • Develop a supportive network with other students, peer mentors, and professors
  • Connect your learning in multiple classes
  • Learn about the possibilities in your major

Many of the learning communities have peer mentors (a.k.a. upper-division students in that major) who work with members of the learning community. Peer mentors often coordinate out-of-class activities, ranging from study groups to social events. They also provide a voice of experience and can consult with individual students too.

We've found that students who participate in LCs are more likely (than non-participants) to remain at Iowa State and they are more satisfied with many aspects of their academic experience, including their overall experience at  ISU. Also, LC students have reported greater satisfaction with their opportunities to interact closely with faculty, participate in study groups, apply their learning to real world problems, and work with other students.