Learning Communities

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences boasts a variety of learning communities ranging from Agricultural Business to Women in Science and Engineering. Learning communities help students create a sense of belonging and develop collaborative interactions between students and staff during their first year at Iowa State.

View learning communities

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How to join

Look through the 20 CALS-specific learning communities to pick which one suits your needs best. Some communities are housed together in residence halls; some focus on an area of study, such as horticulture or food science and human nutrition. Can’t find a program that’s just the right fit? Ask a learning community coordinator for help.

Find a community

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Peer mentors

Once a student has completed one year in a learning community, they can choose to help others have the same great experience they did by becoming a peer mentor. Peer mentors are upperclassmen who provide leadership and guidance to first-year students in learning communities.

Learn about peer mentors

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Faculty and staff involvement

Faculty and staff that are dedicated to student learning can serve on committees, establish connections between students and faculty, and assist the learning communities in a variety of ways.

Get involved