Success at Iowa Online Course

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As a college student, you will confront new challenges and new choices. We want you to be ready from day one!

Success at Iowa Online Course

All new domestic undergraduate and transfer students are required to complete the Success at Iowa online course.

  • First-year students enrolling for summer or fall will take the course during the fall semester. The course will begin after May 1 with some modules needing to be completed prior to attending orientation. 
    First-year students who are enrolling for the first time in the spring semester will take the course during the spring semester.
  • Transfer students enrolling for summer or fall will take the course during the fall semester. Transfer students who are enrolling for the first time in the spring semester will take the course during the spring semester.

International students will take a version of the course called College Expectations. International students in the Iowa Intensive English Program are not required to complete the course until they have been admitted to a degree program.

Course Components

The Success at Iowa online course includes online modules that help you prepare for your time at orientation and on campus. You will learn about Iowa online systems including Iowa Student Information System (ISIS), Iowa Courses Online (ICON) and the email client Office 365. There will also be modules that help you understand the resources available on campus and how to navigate the campus. Information about how to complete the course will be emailed to your address.   

Other components that all students will complete include:

  • eCHECKUP TO GO, which will provide you with accurate and detailed information about your personal alcohol-related risk patterns, individual level of alcohol tolerance, unique family risk factors, harm-reduction strategies, and helpful resources on campus and in the community.
  • Every Choice is designed to help you protect yourself and others from sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and dating/domestic violence. You will learn what constitutes sexual or domestic violence, how to intervene when you see it, and what to do if it happens to you or someone you know.
  • MAP-Works is a comprehensive transition program that will help you plan for early success at Iowa. You will be asked to take a survey during the third week of the semester. Based on your responses, you will receive an individualized report suggesting campus resources that may help you excel both inside and outside of the classroom.

Questions about Success at Iowa can be sent to

Questions about the College Expectations online course for International Students can be sent to