Resources for Students

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      A community of support

      Iowa State is committed to supporting your physical and mental health, personal safety, and wellbeing. There are many resources, services, and people dedicated to helping you be your best; whether you need to speak with a professional or simply connect with others who may be experiencing similar struggles.

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    The Supplemental Instruction program offers free, regularly scheduled study sessions for traditionally difficult courses.

    The Writing and Media Center provides written, oral, visual, and electronic communication services to Iowa State students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding communities.

    On-campus, in-person sessions are available for registered undergraduate students.

    Academic coaching is the one-on-one process of helping a student examine academic concerns and perceived barriers to success. Coaches provide individual semester-long support, assess the student’s strengths and needs, and create a personalized plan of action.

    The Registrar's Office handles student enrollment, class registration, academic progress and graduation.

    Health and safety


    • 911
    • ISU Police: 515-294-4428
    • Central Iowa Crisis Line: 1-855-581-8111
    • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255


    • ISU Crisis Text Line: Text "ISU" to 741741



    • Emergency Room at Mary Greeley Medical Center 

                 1111 Duff Ave., Ames

    SafeRide is available throughout central campus and other university areas, including ISU-leased residence apartments, Greek parking lots and the basketball practice facility. Anyone on campus, including visitors, can request a ride.

    Student Counseling Services offers a variety of counseling services rooted in a short-term therapy model. The majority of the therapy is brief individual or group therapy, but crisis interventions and career counseling also is available. Call Student Counseling Services to make an initial appointment for assessment and recommendations of services.

    Need a less formal atmosphere to discuss specific problems? Try the free telecounseling services.

    Thielen Student Health Center is a full-service campus medical clinic in staffed with physicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners and nurses.

    Iowa State University police officers receive the same training and certification as officers at other police units throughout the state. 


    Iowa State University is committed to preventing sexual assault and providing support to victims.

    Specially trained professionals from multiple agencies work together to provide a community coordinated response to reports of sexual assault.


    Financial support

    University bill (U-Bill) charges are posted on the first of each month and due on the 20th.

    Iowa State's OneApp portal provides a single system for students to apply for scholarships.

    Financial Success staff is ready to help guide students through responsible borrowing, understanding how to effectively manage their money, and understanding the impact of borrowing on their credit.

    Cyclone life

    You won’t have to run to campus, because you’re already here, part of the Cyclone community with staff available to support you. Everything you need is right where you’ll be when you live in a campus residence hall or apartment.

    Learn more about living on campus.

    Residential dining centers, cafés, convenience stores, food court, restaurants, food trucks, catering department, culinary support center, bakery and food stores are all here to serve you.

    See locations, hours and menus for places to eat on campus.

    No matter your major, a network of career services offices offers resources such as career exploration, career development, experiential learning, and professional career search assistance programs to pave a career path that's right for you.

    Learn more about career services.

    Community and belonging

    Search the list of student clubs and organizations to find what you're interested in and where you'll find community.

    Student Accessibility Services promotes the advancement of equity, access, and inclusion by coordinating accommodations for students with disabilities and collaborating with campus partners. Accommodations are designed to eliminate disability-related barriers so that you have an equal opportunity for success.

    Create in the Workspace, bowl or play a game of pool, take in a live show or snack at a free movie screening. There's plenty to do when you're not in class.