Day in the Life

Visit programming moved online

Out of an abundance of caution and to prioritize the health and safety of our guests and campus, we are temporarily suspending all of our on campus visit programming due to the continuous spread of COVID-19. We know how disappointing and disruptive this is to our guests. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus once programming resumes. In the meantime, the College of Human Sciences is available to connect with you remotely. Choose the option that works best for you:

  • We are hosting virtual visit days. Discuss your major(s) of interest and specific questions by email, phone, or video chat. You can contact us at or 515-294-0865 to schedule a time.
  • Text your questions directly to (515) 203-3539, and we will respond during business hours, 7:30am-4:00pm, Monday to Friday.

The College of Human Sciences is excited to give you a true taste of college life by offering "Day in the Life" campus visits. This second visit opportunity includes classes related to your prospective major, meeting CHS faculty, eating lunch on campus, and touring unique CHS facilities such a food sensory lab, kinesiology lab, the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching laboratory, Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom, or clothing conservation lab, as well as campus facilities.

Sample Day in the Life itinerary:

8:30 a.m. Check-in at Human Sciences Visitors Center

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

  • Attend classes
  • Tour CHS facilities related to your major

12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Eat lunch in the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom or an Iowa State Dining Center.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Meet with an academic adviser
  • Attend class


The Day in the Life visits are open to students who meet all of the following requirements:

  • Student is a high school senior.
  • Student has been offered admission to Iowa State.
  • Student has previously made an official campus visit through the Admissions Office.

Visit dates

Visit dates vary, depending on selected major, ambassador availability, class activities and events occurring on campus and in the department, but are generally:

  • Mid-September through November
  • February through mid-April

Typical hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Parking: Parking is available for a small fee in the Memorial Union ramp on Lincoln Way.


  • Please complete the registration form to let us know of your interest in a Day in the Life visit.
  • In order to have enough time to plan for your visit, your registration form must be received a minimum of 3 weeks prior to your requested visit day.
  • We will confirm receipt and status of your request within 2 business days.

Register for a Day in the Life.