AMES, Iowa — This week, Ames has a number of students walking the Iowa State University Campus with parents for orientation. The students arrive and sign in based on their college.
“I’ve always been interested in veterinary science,” said Julie Carlson, of Coventry, Rhode Island.
She added that ISU, “has one of the best pre-vet programs, as well as the best majors that go with it.”
Students clad in red ISU shirts help point the way and they also lead some tours.
The students have decisions to make. There’s the housing question, where will they end up, who will be the roommate? What about a dining plan?
There are many options to choose from.
Iowa State’s enrollment was at 34,732 last fall. The University has been adding housing and recently broke ground on a new dorm on the south side of campus.
Parents with students coming to Ames from both the east and west coast have noticed something about Iowa. The people are really friendly.
“Even the wait staff at the local restaurants have been very welcoming and helpful,” Carlson’s mother, Karen said.
Iowa State also wants to welcome younger siblings to campus with the incoming freshmen. They have started a program called “Cy’s Sibs.”
Those younger visitors get to go on a scavenger hunt, go bowling, and get some exercise at the state gym. At the end, they send off Cy’s Sibs with a graduation ceremony.
Karen has one hard task ahead, when she leaves daughter Julie here in the fall.
“I cry a lot, she just graduated on Saturday, lots of tears,” she said.