Join a Learning Community

Learning communities connect students with social and learning activities that extend well beyond the classroom. Students in many communities take a few courses together, get to know upperclassmen peer mentors, study together as a group, do service projects, and gather just for fun.

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Get the most from your experience by joining the learning community before orientation. For more information, email the coordinator listed for each group.

Interest or Status Learning Community
College of Human Sciences, undecided Making Informed Decisions (MINDS): For first-year incoming freshman who are interested in exploring their educational possibilities in the College of Human Sciences. Coordinators: Dayle Nickerson and Darlene Fratzke, minds@iastate.edu
Adult non-traditional students Adult Non-Traditional Students (ANTS): For students who are over the age of 25 as well as those who are married, have children, work full-time while attending classes part-time, or who have had a break in their college education. Coordinator: Darlene Fratzke, ants@iastate.edu
Fashion, apparel, textiles Common Threads: For students with a major in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. Coordinator: Chris Wise, ct@iastate.edu
Hospitality management, family and consumer sciences Directions: For students with a major in Hospitality Management and Event Management (in the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management). Coordinator: Dawn
Fiihr, dmfiihr@iastate.edu
Food science, nutritional science, culinary science FSHN Learning Community: For students with a major in Food Science, Nutritional Science, Culinary Science, Dietetics, Diet & Exercise. Coordinators: Anne Oldham, aoldham@iastate.edu Suzanne Hendrich, shendric@iastate.edu
Human development and family studies Human Development and Family Studies Learning Community: For students with a major in Early Childhood Education; Child, Adult, and Family Services; Financial Counseling and Planning; and Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies. Coordinators: Pat Walsh, pwalsh@iastate.edu Lisa Sharp, lsharp@iastate.edu
Kinesiology Kinesiology Learning Community: For students with a major in Kinesiology and Health or Athletic Training. Coordinator: Carol Cordell, ccordell@iastate.edu
Elementary education Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers: For students in Elementary Education. Coordinator: Hina Patel, hinap@iastate.edu
Science, engineering Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE): For first-year incoming freshman women who major in a science or engineering field of study. Coordinator: Lora Leigh Chrystal, lchrysta@iastate.edu

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  • Important Dates

    Apply for admission

    Your adventure starts here - but not until you apply for admission! Apply for Fall 2015.

  • Graduates Find Rewarding Jobs

    In 2010-11, 91 percent of CHS graduates with bachelor’s degrees got a job (of those new jobs 91 percent were directly related to their majors) or gained acceptance to graduate or professional school within six months of graduation. Culinary Science, Nutritional Science, Diet and Exercise, Kinesiology, and Family and Consumer Sciences – had placement rates of 100 percent! Story »

  • Did You Know?

    • Students in learning communities typically interact with faculty more than other students.
    • Iowa State University's learning communities are consistently ranked among the top 25 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
    • Overall, student satisfaction and engagement is 11% higher for students who participate in learning communities than students who don't.