Support Resources

  • Iowa State Safe
    • The Iowa State Safe application is your one-stop shop for everything related to safety and security at Iowa State University.
  • Iowa State Police Department
    • Iowa State University has its own dedicated police department that works in partnership with members of the community to make ISU a welcoming and inclusive environment in which to learn and work.
  • SafeRide
    • If you feel unsafe or nervous walking on campus or other university owned property, SafeRide is a service that will pick you up and take you where you need to go. SafeRide operates from 6:00 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. every day.
  • Student Emergency and Safety Information
    • Provides you with important emergency and safety information while you are at Iowa State University.

  • Self-Help App (TAO)
    • TAO is an online platform of tools and educational modules to help you learn about and change the way you think and feel. TAO contains over 150 brief and effective educational sessions on over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues.
  • Individual Counseling (in-person)
    • Our on-campus counseling service allows students the ability to seek therapy for a wide variety of concerns. There is no charge for individual appointments with a counselor.
  • Telecounseling
    • In addition to the services provided at Student Counseling Services, Iowa State University (ISU) is providing free telecounseling services for all students.
  • Group Counseling
    • The group therapy format approaches issues of personal growth through the use of interpersonal interaction. Group interactions provide an opportunity to build relationships and receive interpersonal feedback about how we experience one another. This service is free for all students.
  • Mental Health Workshops
    • Workshops provide a more structured approach to group counseling. Workshops are three weeks long and generally have time for both teaching and then applying skills.
  • Biofeedback
    • Biofeedback training is a learning tool that helps us become in-tune with our bodies stress responses. Once you are aware of your existing stress responses, you can learn to change those responses resulting in greater relaxation and focus.
  • Disordered Eating Services
    • There are a variety of approaches and services to help students struggling with their relationship with their bodies. Whether these experiences are new or ongoing, Student Counseling Services has resources to get you the support you need.
  • Career Counseling
    • Career counseling can help you identify your strengths, values and interests in order to guide you as you make decisions relating to your future career.

  • Pharmacy
    • The Thielen Student Health Center provides a full service pharmacy to Iowa State students, located on the first floor. The pharmacy can fill most prescriptions and has over the counter medications available for purchase.
  • Physical Therapy
    • Located on the second floor of the Thielen Student Health Center, the Physical Therapy unit can help you recover from injury or relieve chronic pain.
  • Illness and Injury Care
    • The Thielen Student Health Center treats a variety of primary health concerns including respiratory infections, strep throat, rashes, infections and more. In addition, they provide radiology services when x-rays are needed as well as STD and pregnancy testing.
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Services
    • The Thielen Student Health Center provides services related to sexual and reproductive health. This includes birth control prescription and counseling, IUDs, STD testing, HPV vaccination, infection treatment and more.
  • Vaccinations
    • A wide variety of immunizations are available through the Thielen Student Health Center. Annual flu shots, tetanus shots and the required vaccinations for all new students are all available.
  • Mental Health/Psychiatry
    • Support with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or stress reactions is available through the Thielen Student Health Center. Additionally, support is available for students who believe they may have ADHD.
  • Allergy Injections
    • Thielen Student Health Center offers allergy desensitization injections in some cases for students with multiple allergies. 
  • Physical Exams
    • Routine physical exams can be done by a provider at the Thielen Student Health Center.
  • Sexual Health
    • Support is available in answering questions and seeking care related to STDs, contraception and reproductive health for both men and women.
  • Travel Health
    • Thielen Student Health Center can provide information needed to prepare for international travel. This includes required or recommended immunizations as well as any emerging or ongoing health concerns in the country you will be visiting.
  • Orthopedic Care
    • Orthopedic care is available at Thielen Student Health Center for fracture/injury management or for follow-up care after an orthopedic surgery.

Students who are enrolled in the current academic semester and were assessed the Activity, Services, Building & Recreation Fee are automatically issued membership to Iowa State Recreation Services. The majority of full-time students will meet this criteria. In some cases, students may not be automatically assessed the appropriate fee. Those students may opt-in to paying the fee to gain membership to Recreation Services. University employees, alumni, affiliates and recent graduates can become members by paying a fee

  • Fitness Classes
    • Recreation Services offers instructor-lead fitness classes available to all Recreation Services members. There are classes focused on strength training, cardio, yoga and more.
  • Adventure Program
    • Recreation Services members gain access to climbing walls, equipment rental, workshops and trips as part of the Adventure Program.
  • Intramural Sports
    • Compete for a coveted intramural champion T-shirt! Recreation Services members can team up or compete on their own in dozens of sports and competitions. Many intramural sports offer skill-based divisions, ensuring that you will compete against those of a similar skillset to you.
  • Recreation Facilities
    • Recreation Services operates State Gym, Lied Recreation Athletic Center and Beyer Hall. Basketball courts, an indoor turf field, climbing walls, pools, indoor tracks, weight lifting equipment and cardio machines are all available.
  • Gaming and Esports
    • Located in Beyer Hall, the gaming and esports room features 30+ desktop gaming computers and four console gaming stations. 

  • Multicultural Student Affairs
    • The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs supports Iowa State's multicultural students and advocates for their holistic development.
  • The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success
    • Known as "The Center" located in 4600 Memorial Union. The Center is a space for you to be yourself, to find and build community, to get involved and to explore LGBTQIA+ life at Iowa State.
  • International Students and Scholars Office
    • The International Student and Scholars Office (ISSO) is located on the fourth floor of the Memorial Union. ISSO staff assist international students with issues related to immigration status, United States employment regulations as well as social, cultural, financial and personal concerns.
  • College Directors of Multicultural Student Success
    • The Directors of Multicultural Student Success (DMSS) work closely with students, staff, faculty, advisors, alumni and the community to advocate for the support of multicultural, underrepresented and first-generation students at Iowa State University.
  • Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity
    • Working in collaboration with campus partners, community organizers and student leaders under the shared belief that everybody deserves dignity, access to resources, a path to education and the agency to decide how to live well.
  • Military Affiliated Student Center
    • The Military-Affiliated Student Center provides academic support, transition assistance, and advocacy for students who are Active-Duty Service Members, Veterans, ROTC cadets, Reservists, National Guard, and their families.
  • Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement
    • Provides students with resources to help join and flourish in the large Greek Life community at Iowa State.
  • Off-Campus Student Support
    • A list of resources available to students who are not living on-campus at Iowa State.

  • One App Scholarships
    • The OneApp scholarship portal allows you to submit multiple scholarship applications in one system.
  • Emergency Funds
    • Students having difficulty meeting their expenses may be eligible to receive emergency funds. Eligibility criteria varies by program. 
  • Office of Student Financial Success
    • The Office of Student Financial Success is a great launch point for finding resources to help you with a wide variety of financial concerns.

  • One App Scholarships
    • The OneApp scholarship portal allows you to submit multiple scholarship applications in one system.
  • Emergency Funds
    • Students having difficulty meeting their expenses may be eligible to receive emergency funds. Eligibility criteria varies by program. 
  • SHOP Food Pantry
    • The SHOP food pantry is available to Iowa State students. Located in Beyer Hall, the SHOP is open four days each week.
  • Give a Swipe Program
    • The Give a Swipe Program allows Iowa State students to donate or receive meal swipes to Iowa State Dining centers.
  • Student Wellness Basic Needs Support
    • Student Wellness has a more extensive list of resources related to food insecurity, extending beyond Iowa State into the surrounding communities.
  • Tech Lending
    • The Iowa State University Library offers a technology lending service to students. Laptops, iPads, cameras, monitors and more are available. This service is free for students.
  • Sloss Resource Room
    • Satellite location of the SHOP food pantry located in the Sloss house with free non-perishable food items, clothing, and personal care items for students.

  • Tutoring
    • For a small cost, students can join group tutoring for any undergraduate course they are currently enrolled in.
  • Academic Coaching
    • Academic Skills Coaching is a one-on-one process that helps students assess their academic concerns and barriers to success. Coaches provide continued support throughout the semester.
  • Supplemental Instruction
    • Supplemental Instruction is a free program that offers regularly scheduled study sessions for many of the traditionally difficult courses at Iowa State.
  • Writing Consultations
    • Students who are seeking support with writing - whether it be a project paper, cover letter or otherwise - may be interested in a writing consultation. This service is free for students and available in-person or online.
  • Center for Communication Excellence (Graduate Students)
    • Provides graduate students with writing consultations, writing and communication programs, thesis/dissertation support, and English language development.

  • Academic Accommodations
    • Accommodations are available for students who may require extended time for exams, a low distraction or private room for exams, assistive technology or any other accommodation.
  • Non-Academic Accommodations
    • Iowa State is also able to accommodate students with specific requirements relating to housing, dining facilities, assistance animals and more.
  • Exam Accommodations
    • Students requiring exam accommodations may be referred to the Exam Accommodations Center, located on the first floor of the Hixon-Lied Student Success Center.
  • Assistive Technology
    • Resources are available to ensure that coursework is accessible to all students.

The Joyful Eating program provides multiple resources to give you the support needed if you are experiences issues related to body image, eating disorders or nutrition. Resources available include:

  • Dietitian Confidential Counseling
  • Joyful Eating Online Courses
  • Joyful Eating Peer Led Workshops

  • Wellbeing Coaching - Alcohol and/or Cannabis
    • Wellbeing Coaching for substance use is a harm reduction program enabling you to work toward a better relationship with alcohol and/or cannabis.
  • Collegiate Recovery Peer Support Meetings
    • All Recovery meetings are held weekly for students who are looking to gain more independence from substances or other addictive behaviors.
  • Recovery Coaching
    • One-on-one recovery coaching is available for students to discuss goals and strategies for the coming academic year as it relates to substance or behavioral addiction recovery.
  • Collegiate Recovery Community Events
    • Various events are held throughout the year relating to substance or behavioral addiction recovery.
  • Safer Partying Education
    • Resources are available to educate yourself on issues commonly related to partying including alcohol poisoning and sexual assault prevention.

  • Information Technology Services
    • Information Technology Services (ITS) is the on-campus department that handles the majority of technology implementation and support at Iowa State University.
  • Tech Lending
    • The Iowa State University Library offers a technology lending service to students. Laptops, iPads, cameras, monitors and more are available. This service is free for students.

  • Student Legal Services
    • Student Legal Services provides confidential legal advice to students in a variety of areas.