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    

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    
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
8:00 p.m.–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