Gaining the Iowa Edge
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. The Iowa Edge is an exciting program open to all students with an emphasis on African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Latina/o/x, first-generation, and LGBTQ+ college students transitioning to the University of Iowa.
Participate in The Iowa Edge 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, 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.
Spring 2023 Cohort Applications Now Open.
The Iowa Edge application for the Spring 2023 Cohort is open. Applications are being accepted until 11:59 PM, Sunday, December 11, 2022. For questions, please contact Luis Aranda (email@example.com
The Iowa Edge application will open in April 2023.
For the Spring 2023 cohort: New students for the spring 2023 semester who will be living on campus will receive their housing assignment and contract in late December 2022- early January 2023. Details will be posted here when information is posted.
For the Fall 2023 cohort: You should select a residence hall move-in time in mid-August. Details will be posted here when 2023 dates are released.
No, Iowa Edge will cover the cost of early move-in. You may see charges appear on your U-Bill account, but don’t worry, as credits will be posted to your account by the Iowa Edge program.
You can move right into your residence hall room for the year. You should receive your room assignment in late December 2022- early January 2023 and that information is shared with Iowa Edge staff.
During the Iowa Edge program, most meals are provided by the program, but students may also need to depend on their meal plans for some meals. For students without meal plans, alternative arrangements may be possible.
Families and students will be provided with itineraries for the program during check-in on Saturday. Until we release the official itineraries, you can expect there to be arrangements for participants to interact with faculty and professors, tours of many important buildings and resource offices, leadership training and classroom experiences, and sessions on financial literacy, study skills, and career paths.
No, students are responsible for their own housing and meal costs, whether living on or off campus. Iowa Edge does cover the $35/day cost of early arrival to the residence halls.
Once the application is open, if you believe that your application did not submit successfully, please send an email with your name and the date that you attempted to submit your application to Luis Aranda, using the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 to 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 applying.
Unfortunately, due to significant time overlaps, students can't participate in the Iowa Edge program if they participate in Honors Primetime, the Hawkeye Marching Band, or any other conflicting program.
If you have already made arrangements for the 14th, feel free to keep that arrangement. If you are accepted into the Iowa Edge Program, it will cover your early move-in fee at no cost to you. However, if you are not selected, you will still be charged the early arrival fee. If you move in before the 14th, you will be responsible for fees associated with those days.
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.
Alejandra Almazan, Office of Student Financial Aid
Luis F. Aranda, Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence
Dominique Badajoz, Associate Peer Leader
Valerie Garr, College of Nursing
Kate Garrett, Orientation Services
Marco Guadiana, Associate Peer Leader
Hannah Hodges, Office of Admissions
Virginia Ibrahim-Olin, University Housing and Dining
Mike Meginnis, International Writing Program
Gabriela Rivera, Tippie College of Business
Emily Rodriguez, Associate Peer Leader
Joseph Villalobos, Associate Peer Leader
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.
Kevin Gruneich BBA 1980 Park City, Utah
“I am just beginning to return the investment others have made in me.”
Largest class of Iowa Edgers begins the 2022 academic year!
The 2022 Iowa Edge program welcomed its largest class of over 140 new African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Latina/o/x, first-generation, and LGBTQ+ college students beginning their journey at the University of Iowa this past week.
Check out the images as the Edgers interacted with campus leaders, built a community of peers, and experienced campus before classes began.