The University of Iowa

First Year Opportunities

First-Year Seminars

First-year seminars are classes taught by faculty members to a small group of first-year students (fewer than 20). Faculty choose the theme of the seminar because it’s related to their research, it’s something that’s always fascinated them, or it provides a glimpse into their academic area.  Click on the First-Year Seminars link for a current list.

Living Learning Communities

Every student who lives on campus is part of a Living Learning Community (LLC).  Some LLCs have courses attached to them that some or all of the students take together.  Selected students will be pre-enrolled for a course that is attached to their LLC.  Academic advisors can answer questions at Orientation about whether your LLC has a course attached to it and if you are pre-registered for one of these courses. 

One-Click Course Combinations

One-Click Course Combinations allow students to register for two or more courses together. There are a variety of One-Click Course Combinations, described below. The following restrictions apply:

  • Most combinations are available only to first-year students
  • A student may register for only ONE of the One-Click Course Combinations
  • Some combinations are developed for and available to specific audiences (e.g., Honors participants, students who are admittedly directly to a particular college within the University)
  • Students must remain registered for all courses in a combination.  You may not register for a combination of three courses and then drop or change sections of one course

Courses in Common gives first-year students the opportunity to take up to three classes together with about 20 other first-year students. Almost all of the courses used in CIC satisfy General Education Program requirements. There are options for students interested in taking Rhetoric, some for students wishing to defer Rhetoric for a semester, for Honors students, for students needing chemistry or math, and for some direct-admission programs.

College Transition shares a common General Education course, a College Transition Seminar course focusing on college study and success skills, and a College Transition Workshop among approximately 20 students. Students apply these new study skills to their preparation for the shared General Education course - with the help of an undergraduate Study Group Leader who previously earned an A in the course.

BizHawks Living-Learning Community participants have the benefit of taking multiple courses together with other first-year students in the community. Each combination option typically includes two General Education courses. Enrollment in a BizHawks course combination is a requirement for all first-year students in this LLC, and is only available to first-year students in this LLC. Additionally, each student is expected to register for their appropriate first semester business-related math course separately as well.

ESL combinations include courses for students who need to take classes from the English as a Second Language Program.