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The LEAD Learning Community supports the academic, professional, and social development of all engineering students and is designed to support multicultural students. LEAD Learning Community participants engage in a supportive learning environment through daily study sessions facilitated by upperclass peer mentors and access to tutoring services. LEAD Learning Community participants also engage in professional development seminars, industry visits, out-of-class community-building activities, informal opportunities to interact with alumni, faculty, and staff in the College of Engineering, and leadership and community service experiences. In addition, LEAD members are assigned upperclass academic peer mentors and alumni industrial mentors who assist with their transition to Iowa State University, the College of Engineering, and beyond.

The LEAD Living and Learning Community offers four main components:

  • Orientation courses in the fall (Engr 1040) and spring (Engr 1050)

  • Peer mentoring

  • A residential/living component

  • Course-clustered “learning team” with basic program courses

Students who choose to participate in the residential component of the LEAD Living and Learning Community get the added benefit of living on the same residence hall floor (Meeker Floor, Friley Hall) with other first-year and transfer engineering students and having the support of a residential peer mentor that lives on the floor and assists in the facilitation of extra-curricular activities.  

Once enrolled in the residential option of the LEAD Learning Community, registration for the course-clustered learning team takes place during orientation.

Eligibility Requirements

LEAD is open to all first-year and transfer students with a major in the College of Engineering, including open option.

If you are interested in LEAD and do not see this LC as an option in the Housing portal, please contact the LEAD coordinator.


LeQuetia Ancar
(515) 294-0690