“College is a time to explore your interests and figure out what you're passionate about. Take a class just because it looks fun, or study abroad. School is more enjoyable if you're interested in what you're studying! If you work hard and use the resources on campus, you'll get the results you desire.”
—Emma Boehmer, business major from Osage, Iowa


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 advisers, 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.