WiSE Learning Community Information for Transfer Students

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering offers various learning community options for women majoring in science, technology, engineering and math at Iowa State University. If you are a transfer student below are some options for you to consider:

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Transfer Student Learning Communities

The Women in Science & Engineering Transfer Learning Community (WiSE) is residential-optional. We hold spots in Frederiksen Court, the University owned apartments, for our transfer students. To sign up, fill out your online Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus and select the WiSE Fredriksen Court Option under the learning communities tab. Want more information about Frederiksen Court? Check here!

What are the benefits of the learning community?

You will have a Peer Mentor, who is an upper-class student in a similar major, to help you transition to Iowa State. Activities are planned, ranging from study groups to social events. Through activities and social events, WiSE will help introduce you to new people at Iowa State! In addition, benefits include:

  • Making big campus feel smaller for a fast, smooth, and easy transition to Iowa State
  • Getting to know people and make friends in your major right away
  • Developing a supportive network with other students, peer mentors, and professors
  • Getting introduced to resources around campus
  • Learning about the possibilities in your major
  • Free tutoring!

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate in the WiSE Transfer Learning Community. Should you choose to live at Frederiksen Court, you will pay your normal room and board. The learning community is of no additional cost.

What is the time commitment?

Time commitment will vary per participant. However, we do expect our participants to sign a community agreement, which covers our expectations of Learning Community participants. Check out the community agreement here.

Are there other options for me as a transfer student?

Take part in our second-year success course U ST 201 designed to connect women in STEM to their futures. With a focus on career development, peer mentors will get you thinking about what skills you need to learn today in order to acheive your goals.

Through support from Alcoa, PWSE offers a learning community for our second-year students. Focused around a 1-credit course
U ST 201, the Sophomore Success Learning Community offers a seminar course focusing on professional and leadership development.

What if I have only been out of high-school for one-year and want a more traditional option?

Our learning communities are designed to help first-years connect by living together in the residence halls with other women studying science and engineering who share similar interests. Benefits include developing friendships, finding study partners right on your floor and an upper-class peer mentor, someone who was in your shoes a year or two ago, to show you the ropes. Not only can students live together, first-year students living on WiSE floors may take two science or math courses together with students who also participate in the WiSE program. A variety of courses are offered: chemistry, calculus, biology, and physics. We work with academic advisors to get students on the right learning team. Learn more about the WiSE First-year Learning Community.