Academic Program for Excellence
Iowa State’s Academic Program for Excellence (APEX) is an eight-week academic summer program designed for incoming multicultural freshmen. APEX helps you make the transition to Iowa State University during the summer prior to your first semester enrolled as a college student. Learn more and apply
Hometown Design is a multicultural leadership program that sends college students to their hometown high schools to help expose high school students to the benefits of college. As part of the experience, you share your unique story and provide helpful information about the college application and admission process and what it’s like to be a college student. You also help local high school students explore majors and career opportunities in the many areas of art and design.
Download application (MS Word doc) to participate in the Hometown Design Program
Multicultural Peer Mentorship Program
The Multicultural Peer Mentorship Program is designed to aid first-year multicultural students (mentees) in the successful transition to college and completion of the Core Design Program by pairing each new student with an upper-class student (mentor) in his/her intended major.
Peer mentors provide academic and social support, guidance and encouragement to students throughout their first-year experience in the College of Design.
Download application (MS Word doc) to be a multicultural peer mentor or mentee (same form)
Multicultural Portfolio Workshops
The College of Design’s Multicultural Services Office hosts a series of workshops for multicultural design students on assembling high-quality portfolios for the enrollment-managed application process. All workshops for Fall 2017 will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 130 Design.
Spring 2017 Schedule
This workshop will focus on beginning your portfolio and photographing your work for inclusion in the portfolio.
Learn about grid layouts and how to arrange your portfolio.
Discuss the art of a well-composed essay.
Have faculty members review your portfolio and receive feedback for improvement prior to submission.
Multicultural Welcome Reception
Held at the beginning of each fall semester, the multicultural welcome reception provides an opportunity for the dean, faculty and staff members to welcome new and returning students to the College of Design. The reception helps build community, highlights student resources and celebrates diversity within the college.
All new and returning design multicultural students will receive an invitation from the college’s multicultural liaison officer to attend the reception.