Join the NREM Freshmen Learning Community

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The Freshman Learning Community

The Freshman Learning Community is a residential based program that requires students to live on the fourth floor of Willow Hall. This gives students a greater sense of community to develop close friendships and networks. Living with other students in the same area of study allows the opportunity for study groups and academic support.


The goals of this learning community include developing your study skills, providing a positive social setting, improving your time management skills, developing professionalism applicable to future employment, and creating a strong sense of belonging within the NREM department and Iowa State University.

What’s happening with the NREM Freshmen Learning Community?

The Freshman Learning Community meets on a weekly basis to discuss classes, plan events, host speakers of interest, and overall check in with peer mentors and the coordinator. This community has a variety of exciting events and activities to take part in. Early in fall we visit a local prairie to learn about the native plants and animals that inhabit Iowa’s early landforms. We will also visit a wetland to learn about the structure and functions it provides. Students will also visit the Blank Park Zoo for a behind the scenes look. In spring we visit the Henry Doorly Zoo where past students were able to tour the Desert Dome, Aquarium, Giraffe Complex, and Cat Complex among others. While taking these tours, students get up close to a variety of animals, learn about the daily responsibilities of zookeepers, and are encouraged to ask questions. There are many other trips previous groups have taken, but these are completely dependent on the interests of the group. Other activities have included snow-tubing, attending sporting events, arboretum tours, fishing, camping, and cultural art events.

How do I sign up?

The first step is to choose Willow Hall as your preferred resident hall when completing your housing contract. This should allow you to then choose the NREM Learning Community.  The second step will be completed when you come for orientation in June.


For more information:

John Burnett
124 Science II
Ames, IA 50011-3221