COVID-19 Information for Students

Updated 4-15-21*

Academic advisers and Lydia Richards are available by email ( during normal business hours (M-F, 8-5).
You may also call the main undergrad office phone (515-294-5436) and leave a voicemail. Voicemails will be followed up during normal business hours, with an email or callback as appropriate. The email box will also be monitored and answered.

Changes to the 2021-2022 academic calendar

International Travel Moratorium lifted
    Student International Travel Agreement form

Moving forward to a new normal for the 2021-2022 academic year

Spring 2021 Commencement Announcement

Spring Strategies for Campus: COVID-19 Response

Spring semester classes will begin January 25, 2021. There will be no spring break - classes will be held the week of March 15-19, 2021. The spring semester, including final exams, will end May 6, 2021. Course delivery will be in four delivery modes: face-to-face, online, hybrid and arranged. Classrooms and lecture halls will continue to have limited capacity.

The 2020-2021 Planning FAQ webpage is available for questions about the winter session and spring 2021 semester.

COVID-related information

Any student can call ISU student health at 515-294-5801 --24 hours a day-- to speak to a nurse. They are happy to offer advice on self-isolating, symptom management, etc, even if you aren't in Ames. ISU Student health can also do telehealth visits if you want to talk to a provider.

*COVID-19 vaccination update

By the Numbers: Campus efforts to manage the pandemic

Letter from President Wintersteen

Students to be selected for COVID-19 testing

Quarantine guidelines revised

Primary COVID-19 testing site moves to Hilton Coliseum

Reporting a positive COVID-19 test result

Positive COVID-19 reporting form

Students at increased risk. A new Dean of Students website is meant specifically for students who have an increased risk for severe illness as defined by the CDC. Students and families with questions and concerns about returning to campus should visit this site as soon as they are able to learn how to receive additional consideration and support. Students need to submit a form — ASAP but Aug. 16 at the latest — so colleges can assess the need for online sections of in-person courses. Advisers will work with students to help with course selection.

Course information

Student computer policy beginning in fall

Starting fall 2020, all students at Iowa State University are required to have a laptop computer that can connect to the Internet and are expected to abide by the ISU Acceptable Use Policy. Check out the Laptop Loaner Program for current students through the University Library. Requests accepted through July 31.

Laptop recommendations

Course Continuity for Students (accessing course content, attending virtual lectures, and submitting assignments)

Course delivery modes

Downloading Adobe applications
If students are required to use or are recommended to use any Adobe applications, Adobe is allowing the use the those applications via the federated (using their NetID via Okta) Adobe Creative Cloud application until May 31, 2020.

Fall semester undergraduate student information

on class format, schedules, academic support, etc.

Student information

Available resources

Academic Success Center

Accommodations for students with disabilities during disruption 

CARES Act suspends payments on federal student loans
Financial aid
Students who qualify for financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss funding options for technology. See ISU’s Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Food Pantry

Keep Community, Stay Informed, Be Well
This tool is a great resource for all student organizations, including peer mentor groups, residence hall houses, sororities and fraternities, and more! Check with the website for constantly updated information for student wellness.