Early Outreach Program

The Early Outreach Program at Iowa State University (EOP@ISU) is an exciting, week-long residential summer program for motivated Iowa resident multicultural students and potential first-generation college students entering the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

EOP@ISU Program Goals

  • Promote and support college preparation among young students.
  • Inform students and parents of the accessibility of a college education.
  • Inform students of career options.
  • Enhance students' reading comprehension, written and verbal communication, and mathematics skills.
  • Develop students' leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Serve as an extended orientation to Iowa State University in order to minimize transition barriers from high school to college.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to interact with positive role models and resource persons.
  • Increase the enrollment of academically prepared students in post-secondary education.


An eligible applicant must:
  • Be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade at an Iowa school. For the 12th grade program, students must have attended EOP at least once in the past.
  • Be of African American, Native American, or Hispanic/Latino heritage and/or be the first person in their family who will attend college.
  • Demonstrate potential for academic success at a college or university and have a recommendation from a teacher or counselor.

Participant Application Process

Program Dates:

June 9th-13th: 9th/10th grade
June 16th-21st: 11th/12th grade

If you are interested in participating in the Early Outreach Program, please click the link below to access the application:

http://bit.ly/EOP9-10 (For students entering 9th/10th grade in Fall 2019)
http://bit.ly/EOP11-12 (For students entering 11th/12th grade in Fall 2019)

For any questions regarding the application, please call the Admissions Early Outreach Office at 515 294-1772.

Housing, Meals, and Activities

Housing, meals, and evening chaperones are provided by Iowa State University's Department of Residence. Participants in EOP@ISU will be housed in Eaton Hall on the Iowa State campus. There will be two students of the same sex assigned to each room. Male and female students will be housed in separate areas or on separate floors within the residence hall. Participants will not be allowed to visit the rooms of students of other participants at any time. Bedding and towels will be provided. Meals will be served at the Union Drive Community Center. Participants are responsible for their own property and are accountable for all Department of Residence property, including keys received at check-in.

Telephones are not provided in residence hall rooms. Students may use cell phones (during designated times). Use of cell phones is prohibited during classes or activities. Due to limited parking on campus and security issues, students are not allowed to drive themselves or bring a vehicle to EOP@ISU.

How Much Does it Cost?

There is no cost to attend EOP@ISU. However, participants may be charged for lost or damaged property, including meal cards and residence hall keys.

When is the Application Deadline?

Applications for rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders must be submitted online between February 1 and 15 to be considered. Spaces are limited to 60 students per week, so get your application completed by this date to help secure your spot in EOP!

Staff Application

Applications are being accepted for EOP daytime, evening and overnight counselor positions. Applications will open in late winter and will be posted on this page. Please contact Admissions Early Outreach if you have any questions.

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