The IOWA Challenge puts academic achievement first, emphasizing that the university expects students to excel—and that the commitment to excellence comes from students themselves.

The following tips can help students meet this challenge:

  • Set and pursue ambitious academic objectives that advance your overall goals and challenge your abilities. Setting goals is a great way to stay focused and motivated.
  • You’re responsible for your own success, but university advisors, faculty mentors, and others can help you define your goals and determine how to meet them.
  • Use campus resources early and often—don’t wait until it’s too late, and don’t hesitate to ask for assistance. Knowing when to seek help shows that you’re committed to your goals.
  • Stay active in class and beyond. Interact with your instructors, ask questions, take advantage of office hours, and get involved in research.