Take the next step in your transition to Cyclone life

Destination Iowa State is an action-packed event takes place prior to the start of classes and provides you with an opportunity to:

  • Make connections
    • Team up with fellow new students and learn together. Journey through Iowa State with your Team Leader, an experienced upper-class student.
  • Explore campus
    • Travel throughout campus and discover your new favorite café, study nook, or hammock spot.
  • Prep for classes
    • Find your classrooms, learn about technology, and set your mind toward academic success.
  • Experience traditions
    • Create Hilton Magic, find Lancelot and Elaine, and meet Cy.
  • Be well. Be safe. Be resourceful.
    • Discover resources and plan for ways to keep you and your fellow Cyclones safe and well.
  • Join Cyclone Nation
    • Become a part of the Iowa State community and take advantage of the Cyclone Nation network.
A DIS group participates in Clone Quest
Destination Iowa State Kickoff
Destination Iowa State from above

Thursday, August 22, 2024: Traditions in the Making

Traditions in the Making
Time Event Location

5:00–6:30 p.m.

Destination Iowa State Check-In
Get your exclusive Iowa State merch. Remember to bring your ISUCard! 

Scheman Building
5:00–7:00 p.m.

Center of ExCytement
Meet your DIS Team Leader and the other members of your team. Enjoy a picnic meal and explore ways you can get involved on campus and connect with campus resources. 

Lot C-2, South of Hilton Coliseum

7:15 p.m.

Destination Iowa State Kickoff
Rally together to celebrate the beginning of the new school year with Iowa State traditions and a few special guests. Experience Hilton Magic the moment you become a Cyclone. 

Hilton Coliseum

Friday, August 23, 2024: Success in the Making

Success in the Making
Time Event Location
8:30–11:00 a.m. Breakfast on Central Campus
Join your team at your assigned time to kick-start your day with a delicious pancake breakfast and plan for the fun day ahead! 
Central Campus by Curtiss Hall
10:00 a.m.–Noon TRANSFERmation
Network with other transfer students. Learn how to thrive during your first semester at Iowa State and hear about campus resources from a transfer student perspective. 
Memorial Union
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Cyclone Skills
Gather with members of your team to share advice, get tips for academic success in and out of the classroom, build connections, explore Iowa State tech, and make plans for the semester ahead. 
Various campus locations
Various times Lunch with your team
Dine at one of the many ISU Dining venues. For locations and menus, check out the GET app. 
Various campus locations
2:00–4:00 p.m.

Clone Quest
Get moving and explore campus during this interactive, app-based scavenger hunt. Take photos, answer trivia questions, and search for the Secret Cy’s to win fabulous prizes. Download Scavify to start the quest. 

Various campus locations
4:00–6:00 p.m. Welcome to your Cyclone Home
Students living in Iowa State housing are invited to get to know their neighbors and new community. Check with your resident assistant for a location. 
Various campus locations
6:00–8:00 p.m. Cyclone Welcome Weekend Cookout
Grab a bite to eat and meet new and returning Cyclones while enjoying Lied Recreation Center. Keep your eye out for special guests and activities!
Lied Recreation Center
8:00–11:00 p.m. Late Night at the Memorial Union
Take over the Memorial Union with your group for three hours full of activities, music, food, and fun all showcasing the activities that make up your Memorial Union. 
Memorial Union


Saturday, August 24, 2024: Community in the Making

Community in the Making
8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.Cyclone Welcome Weekend
Join the rest of Cyclone Nation and begin building your community through various events and activities to be announced in the coming months! 
Various campus locations
9:00 a.m.–NoonCyclone Welcome Weekend G.O.A.T. Breakfast
Kick off this day of community-making with the Greatest Of All Time Breakfasts. Come and meet up with more of the Iowa State community, fuel your body for the day ahead, and possibly meet your new best friend.
Central Campus
Various times

Making Your Community
Just like the make-up of Cyclone Nation, everyone's community is unique. Teams will have the opportunity to explore and develop their community. Here are some of the possible options:

  • Retail Retreat | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Target
    Navigate CyRide to Target and pick up those items to complete the look of your room or supplies needed to start the semester out successfully.
  • Gallery of Games | 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Great Hall, Memorial Union
    Come hang out and play tabletop and board games with your fellow Cyclones. Play a classic or learn a new one, there is something for everyone.
  • Poolside via CyRide | 1:00–4:00 p.m. | Furman Aquatic Center
    Spend your afternoon poolside at the Furman Aquatic Center. Students can pick up a limited number of tickets at DIS Headquarters and navigate CyRide to the aquatic center.
  • Colossal Volleyball Clash | 1:00–3:00 p.m. | State Gym
    Come play with your fellow Cyclones using a 40" volleyball. No skill required to have fun! 
Various locations
Various timesLunch with your team
Dine at one of the many ISU Dining venues. For locations and menus, check out the GET app.
Various locations
1:00–3:00 p.m. or
3:00–5:00 p.m.
Trivia hosted by Nerdology
Battle for nerd supremacy in this interactive geeky game show hosted by two improv comedians. Whether you come with a team, or come seeking a team to join, you will have an opportunity to engage in games, interactive audience participation, and challenging trivia questions. Play to win prizes and put your knowledge to the test!
  • 1:00–3:00 p.m., East campus, off-campus, and apartment community
  • 3:00–5:00 p.m., West campus, south campus, and transfer track
Sun Room, Memorial Union
8:00–10:00 p.m.Hypnotist and Comedian Chris Jones
SEE the show or BE the show with star of America’s Got Talent, Chris Jones. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.
Stephens Auditorium