Interested in joining STAR?
In order to be eligible for STAR, you must have 3 semesters remaining including the current semester.
You must also be in good academic standing, which is a minimum 2.5 gpa.
What is STAR?
STAR is a student organization that works with the University of Iowa Admissions Office to recruit prospective students. Throughout the semester, we hold large Visit Days where hundreds of prospective Hawkeyes come to learn about Iowa. We help set up, mingle with families, tell our stories on student panels, and accompany students on tours of campus!
What is expected of STAR members?
All members are expected to attend general meetings, which are held every other week at 4:30 or 5 pm in the Pomerantz Center (if you have class or another valid reason that prevents you from making it to meetings, you will be excused). STAR members are also expected to volunteer at least 5 hours each semester. If you want to volunteer more, you definitely can! Lots of STAR students end up volunteering more than 5 hours because we love what we do.
The best way to get STAR hours is to volunteer at the large Visit Days but there are also several other ways to earn hours. For example, you can help out in the STAR office, join the Communications Team, or be a part of our Adopt-A-Class program where we write letters to 5th graders.
What makes a good STAR member?
One of the most important qualities that a good STAR has is a willingness to learn. No one knows everything about the university, or feels comfortable talking to prospective students or speaking in front of groups right away--and that's okay! New members receive training that teaches them about the university, and as members become more involved they will gain experience talking to families and in front of bigger groups.
What do I get for participating in STAR?
First and foremost--you get to help students find their home at Iowa! Your interactions with families really do make a difference.
But we also have a lot of fun outside of Visit Days and meetings. We have beach days, go bowling and apple picking, have Sunday pizza at the Airliner, and all kinds of other group activities that help you feel at home in STAR! Plus, we love to give away prizes and we always have snacks before meetings.
While you don't have to speak in front of any large groups if you don't want to, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get public speaking experience. And if nothing else, you get to learn all kinds of facts about the university that most people don't know. For instance, did you know Calvin Hall used to sit where Macbride Hall is now located? That's why the bottom brick is a different color than the rest of the building!
So how do I join STAR?
STAR Membership drives are at the start of each semester. Prospective members fill out an application and then qualified applicants move on to a short interview. Don't let this process intimidate you--we just want to get to know you and find out if you're a good fit for STAR. In order to be eligible for STAR, you must have 3 semesters remaining including the current semester. You must also be in good academic standing, which is a minimum 2.5 gpa. New members receive plenty of training and information about the university before they start helping out at Visit Days. And current members are always happy to answer any questions or provide any help you might need!