Students who want to live with other students who share their interests have several special learning community options. These choices, some of which were offered last year for the first time, proved to be popular with first-year students, so the plan is expanding this year.
A new option this year is for prebusiness majors. Two floors will be located in Burge Residence Hall. Another new learning community is Men in Engineering (MIE), which is being established on Daum Residence Halls first floor.
A third new living experience being offered in the residence halls is the National Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (NAASE), a program that allows exceptionally qualified students to enroll at Iowa following their junior year in high school. The 11 NAASE scholars, the first class to attend Iowa, will live in Daum Residence Hall for the next year. The program is offered by the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.
Other learning communities that are continuing include Women in Science and Engineering, on Daums second floor, and University Honors Program, on Daums third, fourth, fifth, and sixth floors.
Students who want to explore other cultures and languages may choose the International Crossroads Community in Hillcrest Residence Hall.
There are nonsmoking floors in every hall. Floors have been set aside in Daum, and Hillcrest for upperclass students.
Several floors have been renovated to facilitate residence hall life for students with physical disabilities.