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.  

Edgers celebrate at closing banquet

2022 Iowa Edge Celebration Banquet Image

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 for selected 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.

How to Apply

The Iowa Edge application for 2023 will open in late April 2023. The application process will take place through MyUI and can be done in three simple steps.

  • Log into MyUI (
  • Go to your Admissions Profile.
  • Look for the “Iowa Edge Application” section and follow the link to fill out the application.
Late Afternoon Scenes


The Iowa Edge application will open in April 2023. To apply, please follow the process below:

  • Log into MyUI (
  • Go to your Admissions Profile.
  • Look for the “Iowa Edge Application” section and follow the link to fill out the application.


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 over the summer, 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 Sunday. 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.

Additional FAQ's

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

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.

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.”

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