What will I do on a Campus Visit??

Touring colleges is a big deal! It’s that time in your life where you get to make the first BIG decision about where you want to spend the next couple years. I believe that visiting a college is essential to see if it will fit you and your lifestyle. So what exactly will you do when you take a tour of Iowa State?

You will start off your day by checking in at the Soults Family Visitor Center. This is where you will get your itinerary for the day and they will also provide you with all the information that you need to know about the day.

You will stay at Soults to have a brief introduction to Iowa State. During the Preview of Iowa State, an admissions counselor will take you through a brief information session on Iowa State, the academic programs and services we offer, and the application process.

From this session, you will go on a walking tour of campus. You will start at the Memorial Union and make a giant loop around central campus. You will get a brief preview of each of the six undergraduate colleges, as well as features such as the campanile, Parks Library, Student Services Building, Enrollment Services Building, central campus, and much more! This tour is led by a STAR (student volunteer), so if you want to know about classes, student life, or anything that you might experience as a student, this would be the person to ask. They were once in your shoes and now they can give you advice as to what they think about Iowa State.


After touring campus, you will eat lunch at one of the dining centers on campus. The dining centers are similar to an “all-you-can-eat” buffet. There will be multiple choices for food as well as dietary accommodations for those with food allergies. Staff and tour guides will be there to direct you, eat lunch with you, and answer any questions that you may have.


When lunch is over, you will go on a residence hall tour. Here, you will get to see a traditional style room in the residence hall Friley and then a suite style room in Eaton. These are model rooms, but closely resemble what each would look like for the student. Keep in mind when looking at them that each residence hall on campus varies from the next. Each hall is unique in its own way, so not every room (even in the same building) is going to look identical. You will also get to see a recreation facility after the residence hall. The recreation facilities include rock climbing wall, pool, weight machines and free weights, multi-purpose rooms (yoga, kickboxing, etc.), basketball courts, volleyball courts, and a track. You will also learn more about intramural sports, club sport, fitness and wellness classes, and Outdoor Recreation.


Following the residence hall and recreation facility tour, you will have a chance to meet with an academic adviser in your area of interest. If you are curious about what your 4-year plan would be like or what classes you will most likely take, this would be the person to ask. If you are also having any doubts about your potential major, they can give you options about what path to take or similar majors that may better suit you. All you have to do is ask!

There are plenty of optional sessions that you can pick and choose to do throughout the day as well. You can go to just one or multiple, depending on how they fit into your schedule. If there is a session that you want to attend but have a conflict, you can speak to a staff member to get more information about it.


  • Honors Program
  • Engineering College Tour
  • Iowa State Greek Community
  • Pre-medical and pre-health school preparation
  • Music ensembles/music minor
  • Study abroad
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
  • Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines ROTC

Make sure to check the weather and wear appropriate clothing on your tour. There is a lot of walking so I would highly suggest comfortable shoes. Enjoy your campus visit!

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