The Dean of Students Office (DSO) at Iowa State University uses an integrated approach to support student-centered learning through personal, community and academic development culminating in a transformative experience.
As an Iowa State student you get to be part of a diverse and thriving community so we encourage you to make the most of it! Start with the Dean of Students Office to learn about Iowa State campus life, and find out how you can make our community stronger.
Whenever you have a question or concern about your life, start with us.
The Dean of Students Office's primary goal is to empower every Cyclone to thrive at Iowa State University. Whether through our academic enrichment initiatives, programs designed to help all students experience a sense of community and beloinging, or support resources we provide to help students navigate challenges that sometimes arise during their college journey, we seek to help students experience success in every aspect of their college experience. To this end, our programs and initiatives are grounded in three core commitments:
- Student Success & Retention
- Social Justice & Inclusion
- Global & Community Engagement
We also serve as a resource and partner with other campus departments, recognizing that students benefit from a collaborative network of resources.
"Getting involved in the Cultural Ambassador Program through ISSO was one of the most eye-opening, enjoyable, and rewarding experiences I have been a part of in college! I met so many fellow students from around the country and world and learned about different cultures, countries, and people. Although my involvement was three years ago, I am still friends with others I met in this program!"
– Maddie H., Communication Studies and Environmental Studies