Frequently Asked Questions

Cost | Scholarships | What to Bring | Rooms | Counselors | Arrival | Check-out | Vehicles | Travel Plans | Commuters | Special Absences

How much do the workshops cost?

We offer a reduced early bird rate for students who register before June 1, 2013.


Before 6.1.13


After 6.1.13

Adv. News Writers
  $395   $475
5-Day Journ. Workout
  $445   $495
Social Media
  $445   $495
  $395   $475
Adventure Journalism
  $445   $495
  $405   $495
  $445   $495
  $445   $495
Adv. Graphic Design
  $445   $495

Students who live in the area who choose not to reside or eat on campus should deduct $100 from the above fees.

Students who plan on parking their cars on campus should add $75 to the above fee.

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Can I get a scholarship?

Limited scholarships are available for students to attend the Workshops. The scholarship application is due May 24. You may apply online or print a PDF and send it to our offices. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the form and essay before May 24.

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What is a typical day like?

  Class and Lab Time
  Class and Lab Time
  Class and Lab Time
  Snacks and Critiques
  Room Check
  Lights Out

Although not typical, some workshops include field trips to local events or news agencies. Social activities often accompany the evening snacks.

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Where are classes held?

Workshop sessions are held in classrooms in campus buildings near the residence halls. Some workshops include field trips to local events or news agencies. Most sessions will be held in the new state-of-the-art Adler Journalism Building, opened in January 2005. For more information on the Adler Journalism Building, visit the School of Journalism and Mass Communication website.

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What should I bring?

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What will my room be like?

Workshops students have the opportunity to experience University of Iowa living accommodations in Currier Residence Hall. The oldest residence hall on campus, Currier was recently remodeled and features a game room, computer lab, and several study lounges.

Students will stay in air-conditioned doubles. Please make roommate requests on the Student Reservation Form; such requests will be honored when possible. Students otherwise will be matched with students who are of the same gender, are in the same age range and attend different schools to provide workshoppers with a broader social experience.

Sheets, a pillow, pillow cases, blankets, and towels will be provided, but if students prefer, they may bring their own. To avoid confusion with residence hall linens, we recommend that students not bring white bedding or towels.

As is common in college residence halls, bathrooms are located down the hall from the student rooms; students may wish to bring bathrobes and waterproof sandals to wear to and from the showers.

Residence hall rooms do not have telephone sets, but pay phones are available in the Currier lobby.

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Who are the counselors?

Each dorm floor will have at least one counselor in residence. Counselors are teachers, professionals and college students who know how to make students feel welcome. They are responsible for you while you are at the Workshops.

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What happens when I arrive?

On-site registration for all high school student workshops is Sunday, July 14, in Currier Hall, where students will reside. The Workshops registration desk opens and dorm check-in begins at 4 p.m. Sunday. Registration will be held from 4-5 p.m.

Currier Hall is located on Clinton Street between Fairchild and Davenport streets. For those arriving from out of town on Interstate 80, take Dubuque Street exit going south. Turn right on Church Street. It will curve and turn into Clinton Street. See map.

Students can pick up their room assignments and key from the Residence Services staff at the desk directly to the right of the Currier main entrance. Workshops check-in will be at a desk directly to the left of the Currier main entrance.

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How does checkout work?

A closing assembly will be held Thursday, July 18 — the last day of the Workshops — to recognize students who did outstanding work during the week.

Family and friends may join the students for lunch immediately following the ceremony. Students may check-out of the dorm after the ceremony, beginning at 11:45 a.m. and must be done by 2 p.m.

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Can I bring my car?

If you travel by vehicle and intend to leave your vehicle here during the week while residing in the residence halls, you must store it in a university storage lot. After you have unloaded your gear and checked into your room, please notify the Workshops counselors that you have a car to store. There will be a counselor assigned to lead you to the parking lot and give you a return ride to the dorm. There is a $75 charge to store your vehicle, payable to the Workshops at registration.

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Will someone meet me at the bus station or airport?

Students in need of being picked up at the bus station or airport must complete and return a Transportation Request Form.

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If I live near by, do I have to stay on campus?

Because classes are held during the evenings as well as during the days, students are encouraged, but not required, to stay on campus.

Students not residing or eating on campus should deduct $100 from the registration fee.

Students not staying in the dorms should check in with the Workshops desk in Currier Hall between 4-5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, to get schedules and begin Workshops activities, including a group dinner, that day.

The rest of the week, commuters are on their own for meals. Meals may be purchased in Burge Hall, where in-residence Workshops students will eat. Prices are $6 for breakfast, and $8 for lunch or dinner. There are also eateries nearby.

All students can eat during the opening day dinner, as well as evening snacks, which are provided by the Workshops.

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What if I need to arrive late, check-out early, or leave for a short time?

Students who will be not be arriving or departing within the assigned times will need to fill out an Early or Late Arrival or Departure Form. In the past, students have requested to be absent during free time or meal times to have meals with Iowa City relatives. Students who wish to do this will need to fill out a Temporary Absence Form. All of these forms will need to be signed by students' parents or legal guardians.

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