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Remarkable welcome

Overflowing minivans and misty-eyed parents signal the end of summer in Iowa City. For new University of Iowa students, late August is the start of a life-changing adventure.

On a campus called one of the 10 friendliest in the country by The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges, the University of Iowa community goes out of its way to make new students, faculty, and staff feel at home during the first weeks of school and throughout the year.

This year, Iowa rolls out the welcome mat to one of the largest first-year classes in history, a new president, and a number of important initiatives, such as the expansion of the 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan—a transfer program now open to students in all of Iowa’s 15 community colleges.

Students are more likely to succeed in college if they make connections with faculty and other students in their first weeks on campus. That’s why Iowa Edge, a weeklong orientation program, offers students of color and first-generation college students a community of support before the school year begins.

And during Welcome Week (Aug. 26-31), new and returning students can find a group to join, score a campus job, and get help navigating campus. The week’s activities include job and student organization fairs, campus directions booths, a free concert on the Pentacrest, and a cookout on the Iowa Memorial Union’s new river terrace.

New experiences. Fresh faces. A new place to call home. A successful University of Iowa experience begins with a good introduction.

Welcome Week
Office of the President
2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan
Iowa Edge

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