President's Leadership Class

President's Leadership class of 2016-17

President's Leadership Class of 2016-2017

Leadership, an Iowa State tradition

Students have literally thousands of opportunities to become leaders at Iowa State University. The President's Leadership Class is built on this rich tradition of leadership. Each year, a diverse group of 30 exceptional first-year students, representing a cross-section of the university student population are selected for the class. Their selection is made on the basis of co-curricular involvement, community and school service, and high school academic achievement.

How it works

The class meets weekly at The Knoll. Through formal and informal gatherings, students interact with Iowa State administrators, faculty, staff, and state and local leaders. Students gain an understanding of how the university operates and exchange ideas about leadership development. They interact with guests, including political and business leaders and Iowa State alumni.

Iowa State students typically have a history of involvement in their high schools and communities, and they bring their leadership abilities to campus. The President's Leadership Class builds on these abilities and experiences, serving as an important training ground for students who will become campus leaders, and ultimately, leaders in their professions and communities.

Class information

  • Class focuses on the meaning, practice, and responsibilities of leadership
  • Students discuss a variety of topics related to leadership with Interim President and Mrs. Allen and other key leaders
  • Students engage in class exercises that help develop leadership skills
  • Class meets every Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters at The Knoll
  • Each student receives a $1,500 scholarship ($750 each semester) in recognition of past accomplishments and future leadership potential

Selection Criteria 

  • Strong record of leadership in school, community, religious, and/or service activities
  • Strong interest in developing personal leadership potential
  • Commitment to attend and participate in all class sessions through the year
  • Top 25% of high school graduating class
  • ACT minimum composite score of 25, or SAT minimum combined score in Math and Critical Reading of 1200