The Academic Program for EXcellence (APEX) is an intensive eight-week academic summer program for first-year multicultural students entering Iowa State University directly out of high school and who are transferring in no more than 10 college credits. The primary objective of APEX is to create an environment of high expectations coupled with the necessary support to prepare students for the rigors of academic life and the collegiate environment. Individual programs provide growth opportunities that build upon the student's academic strengths during the transition from high school to the university.
APEX participants will enroll in 2-3 courses where they will earn college credit. These credits will apply toward their undergraduate degree at Iowa State. APEX also provides many activities including a formal assessment of the student's learning style, mandatory study tables, individual meetings with university staff to develop an integrated academic and social support framework, weekly academic success sessions, and an environment that fosters a Cyclone identity. The APEX program benefits those students who feel they can use a head start in making the transition from high school to college. The APEX Program will cover summer tuition and fees and summer room and board for eligible APEX participants.
The Carver Academy is designed to promote the holistic development of the ISU George Washington Carver (GWC) scholars in their acclimation to Iowa State University, academic success, individual identification, community service, leadership skills, and career goals. The Carver Academy offers guidance and enrichment to its participants in an environment that fosters continuous learning, achievement, diversity and integrity.
The Multicultural Leadership Learning Community (MLLC) is a program for first year multicultural students who are not participants in other campus programs (i.e., Athletics, Honors, Student Support Services, WISE) or enrolled in other learning communities (i.e., George Washington Carver Scholars, Hixson Scholars, Multicultural Vision Scholars or a college based programs). MLLC creates a supportive academic environment for multicultural students that ensure their academic success by building upon the student's academic strengths during their first year of college.
The Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) is a scholarship program created to assist African American, Latino American, Asian American, American Indian, and Bi/Multiracial students who are from the state of Iowa and are entering directly from high school. Course instruction, mentoring, intrusive advising, family receptions and leadership opportunities are just a few ways in which the program provides support to its scholars.
The NCORE/ISCORE Project brings students together for a series of events that facilitate personal growth in understanding of issues regarding race and ethnicity in higher education. The project involves attending and participating in the two conferences: the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity and the Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity as well as a series of seminars, workshops, and campus community dialogues. Please click here for an application. For additional information, visit the NCORE site and the ISCORE site.