Academic Program for EXcellence (APEX)



What is APEX?

The Academic Program for EXcellence (APEX) is an eight-week academic summer program designed for incoming multicultural freshmen.  APEX helps multicultural students transition to Iowa State University during the summer prior to their first semester. The program features APEXE, an exciting new component launching in the summer of 2014 in collaboration with the College of Engineering.

What is APEX for Engineers (APEXE )?

APEXE is a unique opportunity within APEX for freshmen multicultural students interested in pursuing a degree in engineering.  As a part of the APEX eight-week summer program, APEXE will provide participants with additional academic, professional, and social development experiences to aid in their preparation in becoming an engineering student.

Why should you attend APEX?

You will be enrolled in up to eight credits of general education courses applicable to all majors, such as English, math, sociology and psychology.  You will learn with other students who want to get ahead in their academic careers and have an opportunity to meet and network with faculty and staff who will help you with your adjustment to university life.

In addition to earning college credit, as an APEX participant you have the opportunity to network with other APEX students, discover the 800+ student clubs and organizations on campus, enjoy fun group activities during the weekends, serve on the APEX Cabinet and experience all the other exciting opportunities that await you this summer at Iowa State.                                                                          

As an APEX participant, you will:

  • Be part of a great on-campus community
  • Attend the same classes as other APEX/APEXE participants
  • Have an opportunity to explore the Iowa State University campus
  • Have all of these experiences and much more at no cost!

As an APEXE participant, you will:

  • Engage in active learning workshops highlighting numerous engineering disciplines
  • Develop a support network of engineering faculty, staff, peers, and industry professionals
  • Gain an understanding of what engineers do through professional development experiences


In order to qualify for APEX, you must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Be admitted to Iowa State University for this fall semester as a freshman student; and
  • Identify as African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latino/a, American Indian/Alaskan Native or multiracial

Application Procedures

  1. Accept Iowa State University’s offer of admission for fall semester.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st.
  3. Complete an on-line APEX application and submit supporting documents and your letter of recommendation by the priority deadline (March 17th).

APEX Community Policies and Procedures (to be mailed)

APEX 2014 Calendar of Events

  • June 9th Students check into their summer residence Eaton Hall, Welcome Reception and Informational for students and parents
  • June 16th APEX 2014 classes begin
  • July 4th APEX sponsored social activities
  • August 7th APEX 2014 classes end, APEX 2014 Closing Banquet
  • August 8th Students check out of assigned APEX residence hall and move into fall housing assignment


Contact the APEX Coordinator if you need more information or have any questions regarding the program:

Ebony Williams, Coordinator
Academic Program for EXcellence (APEX)
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Iowa State University
2224 Student Services Building, Suite 2080
Ames, IA 50011-2224
Phone: 515.294.6338

Fax: 515.294.6397