Prospective Admissions
Partnership Students

Take the next step.

Students participate in the Admissions Partnership Program (APP) while enrolled at the community college to assist in taking the next step toward a smooth and successful transition to Iowa State University.

Exclusive Admissions Partnership Program benefits:

  • Guaranteed admission to Iowa State provided requirements are met
  • Personal academic advising and mentoring
  • Degree planning to ensure timely graduation
  • Free transcript exchange between your community college and Iowa State
  • Real-time degree audit information, so you'll always know how your credits will transfer and how they apply to your chosen major
  • Special early orientation invitation
  • Option to lock-in bachelor's degree requirements with the same status as a student who enrolls as a first year student, direct from high school
  • Student discount prices for cultural and athletic events
  • Your own ISUCard and email account
  • Exclusive transfer newsletters with career planning tips and information about campus news and events
  • Access to libraries, learning communities, career exploration opportunities, clubs, and recreational facilities

Prior to completion of the Admissions Partnership Program (APP) application, please visit with your Iowa community college adviser in order to ensure that APP is the best fit for you.

Your APP application is not your application for admission to Iowa State or your community college. Please contact your community college to learn more about their application process. When you are ready to transfer to Iowa State, please complete the application for admission.


  • Students must be high school graduates.
  • Students must be enrolled at their community college taking coursework leading to transfer.
  • Students who have attempted community college course work must have a cumulative transferable (academic) GPA of 2.25 or better.
    • Note: The GPA is calculated from all colleges attended, not just the APP school.
    • Note: Career technical, developmental/remedial, and military credits do not count towards a transferrable academic GPA.
  • Current or former Iowa State University credit students, including students enrolled in off-campus programs, are not eligible.
  • Students who have taken courses at Iowa State prior to high school graduation, or during the summer immediately following graduation from high school, are eligible for the Admissions Partnership Program.
  • The following majors within the College of Design require completion of the one-year pre-professional Design Core Program: architecture, graphic design, industrial design, integrated studio arts, interior design, and landscape architecture. Students interested in these majors are encouraged to contact Jennifer Anderson or call 515 294-7415 to learn more about the Design Core Program and how it impacts the Admission Partnership Program.

* Note for nonresident applicants: Participation in the Admissions Partnership Program does not necessarily qualify you for residency at Iowa State University. The guidelines for classifying students as residents or nonresidents differ, depending on the educational institution. Residency requirements at the community college are not the same as residency requirements at the Iowa Regent universities. Thus a student may be classified as a resident at a community college, yet not meet the residency requirements at Iowa State University. For information regarding residency classification at Iowa State University, visit the Residency for Admission and Tuition page or contact the Iowa State University Office of the Registrar at 515 294-0762.

Note for students with disabilities: Information regarding students receiving accommodations through disability services will not be shared between institutions. Any student who believes they are eligible for reasonable accommodations at Iowa State should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services at 515 294-7220.

  • Include a valid email address on your application. Email is required as it is the primary means of communication between you and your Iowa State academic adviser.
  • Item #1: Use your legal name if your college records may appear under a different name.
  • Item #6: If you are enrolled at an Iowa community college and wish to begin APP immediately select the current term.
  • Item #16: List all of the colleges from which you have attempted college coursework.
  • Item #17: List the college courses you are now taking or will take prior to your entry into APP.
  • Request an official copy of your transcript be sent to Iowa State from each college you have attended. You do not need to request a transcript from your APP community college. Your APP community college will send an official transcript to Iowa State during each semester of program participation. Transcripts should be sent to Iowa State University, Office of Admissions, Enrollment Services Center, 2433 Union Drive, Ames, IA 50011-2011.
  • Visit the transfer admissions page or call 515 294-5836 for information regarding transferring to Iowa State.
  • Access additional transfer planning resources such as course equivalency guidestransfer plans, and TRANSIT.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Admissions Partnership Program.