Here, you'll find a comprehensive guide to the key terms and phrases you'll encounter as you prepare for your campus visit. Whether you're a prospective student, a family member, or an educator, this resource will help you navigate and understand the campus visit experience with ease.

A daily visit includes a preview of Iowa State presentation, campus tour, university housing tour, and an academic information session in the area of your choice (available on most weekdays). Daily visits can also be customized with information sessions to learn about the Honors Program, Study Abroad Center, Program for Women in Science and Engineering, and more!

Daily visits are offered most Monday–Fridays during the academic year and summer. In order to best prepare your visit, we ask that you register at least five business days before your preferred visit date.

While the full daily visit experience is offered on most weekdays that classes are in session, there are some dates where certain sessions may be unavailable due to the academic calendar or schedules of our campus partners. If you have specific questions about what may be limited, please contact our office at 515-294-5836 or

This larger open house program includes all of the events that take place during a daily visit and more! You have the opportunity to talk to a panel of Iowa State students, attend various interest sessions, and tour areas of campus.

These visit programs include a transfer admissions presentation, walking tour of campus, housing tour, and an academic session with a representative in your major interest. If scheduling prevents you from joining us on one of these days, we recommend any of our visit options.

This day is designed to give you and your guests a chance to learn about the opportunities and services available to our multicultural students at Iowa State. The day will include information about scholarships, student organizations, internships, and the admissions process. Hear from dynamic faculty, dedicated staff, and current students; the Multicultural Student Experience Day will ensure your visit to campus is exciting and informative. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus! All events are open to everyone.

The Latino/a Family Visit Day is an event hosted by The Iowa State Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. in collaboration with the Office of Admissions. This day is designed to give students and their families a chance to learn about the opportunities and services available to our Latino/a students. Throughout the visit day, participants will be able to learn about different student organizations and resources on campus, explore the campus, meet with staff, and hear from current students about their experiences as a Latino/a student on campus. A majority of the program will be in Spanish. All events are open to everyone.

Looking for a great educational opportunity for your high school students, organization, or club? Experience an admission presentation and a chance to explore campus.

This is a fantastic learning experience for your students to check out a campus way of life. We ask that each group include more than ten people in the ninth grade or older. Smaller groups or those younger than ninth grade are welcome to email our office to inquire about self-guided campus tour options.

Welcome center for all campus visitors. The Soults Family Visitor Center is located on the ground floor of the Memorial Union and is the headquarters for your visit.   

30-minute presentation that covers an introduction to Iowa State, from academics and student life to admissions and enrollment information.

60-minute guided walking tour of campus led by a student tour guide. The route is about a 1-mile loop around central campus and is mostly outdoors. The tour also includes stopping in 1-2 academic buildings as well as Parks Library, Student Innovation Center, and other notable campus landmarks.

60-minute guided walking tour of campus residence life led by a student tour guide.  The route is about one mile. On most days, the tour will include looks at both traditional and suite style residence hall rooms, along with a stop in one of our recreation centers.

Experience ISU Dining and enjoy a complimentary lunch in one of our all-you-care-to-eat style dining centers. Dietary accommodations for all major allergens are available through our Special Diets Kitchen.

45-to-60-minute information session covering the major you selected at registration. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with departmental representatives and explore academic expectations, student life, and facilities related to their academic interest area.

45-to-60-minute sessions offered alongside standard Daily Visit activities that explore various academic and student services programs on campus. Students can select these additional experiences on the registration form.

**Please be aware that not all departments are available on every visit day. Please utilize our online scheduling tool or call our office for more information.

9:00 a.m.
  • Honors Program Information Session
2:15 p.m.
  • College of Engineering Majors Exploration Tour
  • Frederiksen Court Apartments Self-Guided Tour
  • Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions Preparation Session (Monday & Friday ONLY)
  • ROTC Information Session (Air Force, Army, Navy/Marines)
  • Secondary Education Information Session
  • Sorority and Fraternity Information Session
  • Study Abroad Information Session
  • Transfer Student Center Walk-In Appointments
  • Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) Information Session
3:15 p.m.
  • Music Ensembles & Music Minor Walk-In Information Session
  • Transfer Student Center Walk-In Appointments