Iowa Central Community College and ISU announce Admissions Partnership Program

AMES and FORT DODGE, Iowa -- Iowa State University and Iowa Central Community College have joined forces to make it more convenient for Iowa Central students who want to earn a bachelor's degree to transfer to Iowa State. Iowa Central Community College President Bob Paxton and ISU President Gregory Geoffroy announced the joint admission program at a news conference today at Iowa Central's Fort Dodge campus.

Three students who signed up for partnership program.

Nick Johnson, Kaitlin McAnally and Zach Brandt are the first three Iowa Central Community College students to sign up for the new Admissions Partnership Program.

Through the Admissions Partnership Program, Iowa Central students who plan to pursue bachelor's degrees at Iowa State will receive special benefits to help pave the way for academic success at both schools. Students accepted into the Admissions Partnership Program will receive the following benefits while still enrolled at Iowa Central:

  • Advising and guidance from Iowa Central and Iowa State
  • Student services
  • Career fairs and career services
  • Library facilities
  • Extracurricular activities and opportunities
  • Recreational facilities and programs
  • Athletic events and entertainment events at student prices
  • Exhibits and cultural events
  • Opportunities to live in ISU housing

This new relationship with Iowa Central expands Iowa State's outreach with the state's community college students. ISU piloted its Admissions Partnership Program with Des Moines Area Community College and Iowa Valley Community College District in 2006. The university will continue to establish partnership agreements with all community colleges in Iowa.

"Our Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa's community colleges has been very successful in giving Iowa students more educational benefits and options, and we are delighted to expand this innovative program with the students, faculty and staff of Iowa Central Community College," said Iowa State University President Gregory L. Geoffroy. "Iowa's community colleges play an important role in educating Iowa students, and we look forward to welcoming many Iowa Central Community College students into this program, and, in the future, as students at Iowa State."

"This is a tremendous initiative on the part of Iowa State University and will really be a benefit to students in our region and our state,'' said Iowa Central Community College President Bob Paxton.

Students who want to be a part of the Admissions Partnership Program must enroll at Iowa Central as a degree-seeking student. Following admission to Iowa Central, students will work with their Iowa Central counselors to complete and submit an application form. A student who is accepted into the program by Iowa State:

1. Meets with his or her Iowa Central counselor each semester prior to registration;

2. Consults with an assigned ISU academic advisor each semester;

3. Follows a course of study at Iowa Central that will meet ISU entrance requirements and fulfill college and program requirements for his or her intended major;

4. Submits an "Intent to Enroll" form and pays an application fee to ISU, one semester prior to transferring to Iowa State.

Additional information about the Admissions Partnership Program is available online at, through a Iowa Central counselor or through Matt Thompson, an ISU transfer admissions counselor ( or 515 294-9334). Applications are available now at Iowa Central.