Interested in joining STAR?
Spring Membership Drive begins Jan. 24
Application Deadline is Feb. 7 at 12 noon
What is STAR?
STAR is a student organization which works with the University of Iowa Admissions Office to help recruit prospective students. Throughout the semester we hold large Visit Days where hundreds of prospective Hawkeyes come to learn about Iowa. You could help us set up, be on student panels, mingle with families, or 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 in the afternoon (if you have class or another valid reason that prevents you from making it to meetings, you will be excused), as well as volunteer five 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 our Visit Days, where hundreds of high schoolers and their families visit campus, but if you can't make it to those there are plenty of other opportunities to get your hours.
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 awa--and that's okay! New members receive training which teaches them about the university, and as members become more involved they can get experience talking to families and in front of bigger groups.
What do I get for participating in STAR?
While helping out the university is the primary purpose of STAR, we're constantly having our own events for fun. We have beach days, bowling, apple picking, Sunday pizza at the Airliner, and all kinds of other group activities designed to meet other members! Plus, we love to give away prizes and we always have snacks at 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 experience speaking in front of crowds, which is a benefit all on its own. 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, then are scheduled for an interview by an advisor and current members. Don't let the interview intimidate you--we just want to get to know you and find out if you're a good fit for STAR. New members then 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!