“College is the time to find out who you are, try new things, and meet new people. For me, Dance Marathon provided life-changing experiences through annual events and volunteer opportunities at the hospital. With other student organizations, it helped mold me into the person I'm proud to be today.”
—David LaFaire, business major from Frankfort, Ill.


A University of Iowa education takes place both within and beyond the classroom, and The IOWA Challenge calls on students to be active participants in campus and community life:

  • Co-curricular activities, volunteer service, and employment complement classroom education—they can even help you be a better student.
  • Getting involved helps you form friendships and support networks that make a big school seem smaller.
  • Campus and community activities help you develop leadership, teamwork, and other skills that will prove beneficial for the rest of your life.
  • Take the initiative and learn what inspires you. Then you can focus on one or two activities that are personally meaningful and give them your all.
  • Be fully engaged in your classes, too—form study groups, talk about the material, and interact with your instructors.

Pick One!

One way to "engage" is to get involved! Pick One! encourages students to:

  • Connect to Campus
  • Build Friendships
  • Build a Resume
  • Develop Leadership Skills
  • Meet People 
  • Have FUN!