The impact of the Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs colors outside the lines of academics to offer each student unique ways to be healthy, happy, and curious about whatever interests them. And should they meet an obstacle along the way, our staff connects them to the resources and services they need to stay on track. We help students build community and life skills so when the time comes, they are ready to tackle more than the workforce…they can take on the world.

Listed below are a few highlights of the positive impact the Division of Student Affairs has in helping students be and do their best academically, personally, and professionally.

    • Three students talking outside the Memorial Union

      Academic success

      The average first-year retention rate is seven percentage points higher for students who participate in one or more of Iowa State’s 80-plus Learning Communities, where they can make new friends, strengthen their academic and social skills, and conquer new challenges.

    • Yoga class

      Real-world experience

      The Division of Student Affairs employs more than 2,500 students on campus—the most of any other area at Iowa State University. Students gain hands-on learning, leadership skills, and real-world experience, giving them an edge after graduation.

    • Club Fest on Terrace

      Building community

      Students can choose from more than 800 student organizations with support from the Memorial Union. Whether it’s related to academics, career interests, or personal growth, Cyclones can find a community to help them discover and develop new interests and opportunities to succeed.