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Learning Communities

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What is a Learning Community?

At Iowa State University, learning communities are small groups of students who generally take one, two, or three courses together and may live in the same residence hall. Other characteristics are listed below. Since learning communities often have several of these characteristics, be sure to explore all the possibilities to find the right choice for you.

  • Contact with students who have similar academic goals
  • Common courses
  • Common place of residence
  • Career exploration
  • Introduction to university resources
  • Peer mentoring and/or tutoring
  • Faculty mentoring

A Business Learning Team (BLT) is a group of freshmen and transfer business students who take the same sections of three courses during the fall semester and some of these students live near one another in the residence halls.

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An iBLT is a group of business students who are interested in international topics. The intent of iBLTs is to help make the transition to ISU a bit easier, study and understand international issues, and help business students make connections with one another early in their college careers.

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A T-BLC is a group of business students who have just transferred to ISU from another College or University. The intent of T-BLTs is to help make the transition to ISU a bit easier, and help business students make connections with one another early in their college careers.

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Students in the program will register for BusAd 292, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Learning Community Seminar, which meets on Tuesday mornings, from 9:30-10:50 am, in the fraternity house chapter room. The course includes an introduction to entrepreneurship and innovation, accompanied by field trips, guest speakers, mentoring, and hands-on learning activities. Students earn 1 credit per semester and can accumulate 3 credits which can be applied to the experiential learning credit required in the Entrepreneurial Studies Minor.

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Our learning communities were started in 1995 and today we have 70 learning communities and more than half of our entering first-year students participate.

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Applications Period  for Fall 2017 Business Learning Team Peer Mentor:
Tuesday, January 3, 2017-Friday, January 27, 2017

Required Qualifications:

  • College of Business student
  • Cumulative ISU GPA of 2.50+
  • At least two semesters remaining before graduation
    • First-time applications will not be accepted for Fall 2017 graduates
    • Returning peer mentors who expect to graduate in Fall 2017 can apply for the Transfer BLT
  • Ability to interact with/engage a wide range of individuals
  • Commitment to fostering diversity and the exploration of new ideas
  • Ability to positively reflect the College of Business and Iowa State University
  • Working knowledge of College and University policies and procedures
  • Ability to present to a large and small groups

Peer Mentor Application

2017 BLT Peer Mentor Job Description