Iowa Edge Program

Edge students having fun on the team-building challenge course.

 

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19, the Iowa Edge program will be conducted entirely online in 2020. We look forward to meeting in person with every Edger on campus when large gatherings become safe again. 

Sunday, August 16 - Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The University of Iowa is an exciting place—full of academic, cultural, and social opportunities. Yet, attending a large university can be overwhelming and a little intimidating.

Many students have found that programs like The Iowa Edge eased their concerns and help to ensure a successful academic and social transition to the University of Iowa. The Iowa Edge is an exciting program for selected African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Latino/a, first-generation, and LGBTQ+ college students.

Participate in The Iowa Edge and:

  • Meet faculty and campus leaders who will support you during your college experience
  • Build community with a group of peers before the semester begins
  • Develop leadership skills for success in class, on campus, and in life

On the first day of class, you'll feel like a seasoned pro—your first step to becoming a University of Iowa graduate! Move in early at no charge; lodging, meals, and program expenses for all participants are paid by a grant from the Kevin and Donna Gruneich Charitable Foundation.

Applications are no longer being accepted for Iowa Edge 2020.

Iowa Edge FAQs and How to's

The Iowa Edge application is now closed. The deadline to apply was June 26, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicholas Creary (nicholas-creary@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail))

Nicholas Creary Associate Director Center for Diversity and Enrichment 319-335-3555 nicholas-creary@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Nadine Petty Executive Director Center for Diversity and Enrichment 319-335-3555 cde@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Gabriela Rivera Assistant Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Student Success Henry B. Tippie College of Business Undergraduate Program Office 319-335-1037 gabriela-rivera@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Lauren Garcia Admissions Manager College of Pharmacy 319-335-0570 lauren-garcia@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Richard Barajas Administrative Director, MSTP Program College of Medicine 319-335-8304 richard-barajas@uiowa.edu (link is external)

Valerie Garr Diversity Coordinator College of Nursing 319-335-6548 valerie-garr@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Sauvik Goswami Career Advisor & Assessment Manager Pomerantz Career Center 319-335-0267 sauvik-goswami@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Alejandra (Alex) Almazan Office of Student Financial Aid alejandra-almazan@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Kelly Clougher University Counseling Services kelly-clougher@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail) 

Jennifer Eimers College of Liberal Arts and Sciences jennifer-eimers@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Cueponi Cihuatl Espinoza Madrigal Center for Diversity & Enrichment cueponi-cihuatl-espinoza@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Keniese Evans University Housing and Dining keniese-evans@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Dan Gall Library Administration daniel-gall@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Kristin Lang College of Engineering kristin-lang@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Jayne Machak Academic Advising Center jayne-machak@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Mike Meginnis Center for Diversity & Enrichment michael-meginnis@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Carlos Nelson Center for Diversity & Enrichment carlos-nelson@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Katie Newcomb Center for Diversity and Enrichment kate-newcomb@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Jessica Padilla Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) jessica-padilla@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Marcus Phillips Office of Admissions marcus-phillips@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Susie Regan Career Leadership Academy susie-regan@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Sheila Schechinger Office of Admissions sheila-schechinger@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Tristan Schmidt Graduate Management Programs, Tippie CoB tristan-schmidt@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Mike Smith Academic Advising Center mike-smith@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Tab Wiggins Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement tabitha-wiggins@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Stephanie Yazell TRIO Student Support Services stephanie-yazell@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

Miguel Jacobo Associate Peer Leader

Maria Stanco Associate Peer Leader

Chris Vazquez Associate Peer Leader

Peer Leaders are trained to provide a person-centered, community-centered orientation to university life the week before classes begin for students who face challenging issues of transition. Iowa Edge peer leaders directly address and positively impact these students’ rates of persistence, retention, and graduation.

The purpose of The Iowa Edge Student Organization (link is external) is to provide year-round academic, social, and volunteer programming for all students; with a focus on student of color, first-generation students, and Iowa Edge alumni. It is a student organization created by Iowa Edge alumni with the ultimate aim of increasing both student retention, student diversity, and the quality of student life at the University of Iowa.

The goal of The Iowa Edge Student Organization will be to provide leadership opportunities and year-round programming for all Iowa Edge alumni and the multicultural community. The Iowa Edge Student Organization will aim to help foster community and student success among the overall community of color. Building from The Iowa Edge program, the organization will pursue continued growth at both the community and individual level through community building, diversity education, and student support.

The organization will provide enriching academic, social, and volunteer programming opportunities throughout the year that all students may take part or become active leaders in organizing; with the purpose of increasing both student retention, student diversity, and the quality of student life at the University of Iowa. This will be done for all students, with a particular focus on students of color, first-generation students, and specifically Iowa Edge alumni.

 

Advisor: Nicholas Creary (link sends e-mail)

The Iowa Edge is funded by the Kevin and Donna Gruneich Charitable Foundation.

The Iowa Edge is coordinated by a coalition of UI students, faculty, and staff. Individuals from the following academic programs and campus offices plan and implement The Iowa Edge.

Academic Advising Center

Center for Diversity & Enrichment

Center for Student Involvement & Leadership

Henry B. Tippie College of Business

College of Engineering

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Carver College of Medicine

College of Nursing

College of Pharmacy

Office of Student Financial Aid

Office for Study Abroad

Office of Admissions

Pomerantz Career Center

Student Disability Services

University Housing & Dining

University Libraries

Kevin Gruneich BBA 1980 Park City, Utah

“I am just beginning to return the investment others have made in me.”

Where is the link to apply for The Iowa Edge Program?

The application for 2020 is now closed. The deadline to apply was June 26, 2020.

I’m not sure if my application went through.

If you believe that your application did not submit successfully, please send an email with your name and the date that you suspect that you submitted your application to Nicholas Creary- nicholas-creary@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)

I might miss a day of the Iowa Edge Program date, can I still apply for the program?

Since the Iowa Edge program is limited in the number of students who can actually participate, we can only accept students who can commit to completing the program in its entirety. 

I will be living off campus, can I still participate in the Iowa Edge Program?

While the Iowa Edge program is designed for students who live on-campus, we will accept students into the program who live off-campus. It will be your responsibility to arrive on- campus each day at the assigned time and stay for the duration of the program each day, or a cancellation fee will be assessed. For planning purposes, we would like to know where you will be living during the week of Iowa Edge, so that we may provide you with appropriate logistical communication regarding your participation in the program. Please note that the application will request that your address of residence be submitted before submitting the application.

What are the benefits of participating in The Iowa Edge Program?

There are several benefits to participating in the Iowa Edge program, for example, student in this program will be able to:

Meet faculty and campus leaders who will support you during your college experience

Build community with a group of peers before the semester begins

Develop leadership skills for success in class, on campus, and in life

On the first day of class, participants will feel like a seasoned pro—their first step to becoming a University of Iowa graduate! 

I am participating in the Honors Primetime program, Hawkeye Marching Band, or another program that has conflicting times with the Iowa Edge Program. Can I still participate in Iowa Edge and my other program simultaneously?

Unfortunately, due to significant time overlaps, it is not possible for students to participate in the Iowa Edge program if they are also participating in Honors Primetime, the Hawkeye Marching Band, or any other conflicting program. 

What date/time should I arrive on campus if I am selected for the Iowa Edge Program?

Students should expect to move into their resident hall (dorm) sometime before the program begins at 5:00 PM Sunday, August 16, 2020.

Will I be charged to move into my dorm room early?

No, the Iowa Edge Program will cover the cost of early move-in.

Will I be able to move directly into my actual dorm room or is there special housing for the Iowa Edge Program?

The room that you move in to will be your actual residence hall room for the entire school year. The University of Iowa’s resident halls determine room assignments for all incoming students in advance, and we request their assignment information prior to the program beginning just so that we can have Iowa Edge Leaders welcome you to the residence halls and answer any questions. Since you move in early, chances are you will not meet many individuals in your residence hall until they move in four days later on the actual housing move-in date.

Will our meal plan be active during the program, or do we have to pay for our meals?

During a normal Iowa Edge session, all Iowa Edge participants would have meals provided for them starting with dinner on Sunday until the end of the day Wednesday. In 2020, due to COVID-19, students will be expected to rely on their meal plans, and will be supplied with additional meal tickets as needed.

Is there an itinerary of activities?

Families and students will be provided with itineraries for the program during check-in on Sunday. Until we release the official itineraries, you can expect there to be arrangements for participants to interact with faculty and professors, community building activities at the Challenge Course, tours of many important buildings and resource offices, leadership training, and classroom experiences, and sessions on financial literacy, study skills, and career paths.

How can I select more than one major option or pre-major option on the list?

To select more than one Area of Study please hold the CTRL button when selecting the options you want. It should allow you to highlight a couple of options.

I have already made arrangements for early move in on or before August 16th. Should I continue to register for this early move-in just in case I am not accepted into the program?

If you have already made arrangements for the 16th, feel free to keep that arrangement. If you are accepted into the Iowa Edge Program your early move in fee will be covered at no cost to you. However, if you not selected, you will still be charged the early arrival fee. If you move in before the 16th, you will be responsible for fees associated with those days.

Does Iowa Edge pay for housing?

No, student living on and off-campus are responsible for their own housing costs. However, to participate in the Iowa Edge program the student will have to move into their University Residence Hall early. Moving into University Residence Halls early incurs a daily charge of $45 dollars. For the length of the Iowa Edge program, we will cover the early move-in costs only.

The draft schedule will be posted at a later date

Photos from Iowa Edge 2019

2020 Iowa Edge Peer Leaders

 

*Not pictured: Associate Peer Leader Maria Stanco.