Welcome to ISU Parent and Family Programs

Iowa State University Parent and Family Programs serves all Cyclone families by promoting parent programs and communicatinA Cyclone Familyg university resources to enhance students' experiences and success at Iowa State.

As a family member of student enrolled at Iowa State, you are automatically a member! Parent and Family Programs is an auxiliary organization of the university affiliated with the Dean of Students Office, which provides administration and advising.

Cyclone families can utilize the following resources to stay informed:

  • Subscribe to our email newsletter, Relatively Speaking
  • Volunteer at Cyclone Family Weekend or June Orientation
  • Attend an Advisory Board Meeting each semester
  • Contact the Parents' Advisory Line at 1-800-772-8546: your PAL on campus when you have questions or don't know who to call for assistance.
  • Support Parent and Family Program activities and outreach by football tickets or donating.


Keep tabs on our latest news by following ISU Parent and Family Programs on Facebook. Aside from being the first to hear about our upcoming programs and events, you'll find it is a great way to network among the Cyclone Family!

Volunteers Needed!Are you a parent or family member that enjoys traveling to Ames and talking about your experience as a member of the Iowa State Parent and Family Programs community? Then we need you to help us welcome the next generation of Cyclone families at June Orientation. Each year, Parent and Family Programs sponsors a table in order to connect new parents and families to the organization and answer any questions they may have about their new role as an ISU parent or family member! We need you to be a part of this in order to share your experiences as an ISU parent or family member, answer any questions they may have, and help ease any anxiety they might be feeling. The Resource Fair will take place in the Memorial Union from 11:15am-1:00pm on Orientation days. As a Family Volunteer, you will be joined by Lauren, the Parent and Family Programs graduate assistant, who will help set up the materials, answer any questions you may have, and field any logistical questions. If you are interested in helping with this opportunity, please fill out the following survey: 


If you wish to volunteer with a spouse, other family member, or another Iowa State parent or family member, please only fill out one survey. There will be an opportunity to put down both names. We are looking for one or two volunteers per Orientation date.

Filling out the survey only expresses interest in volunteering. It does not officially sign you up for a date and time. You will be contacted separately to finalize details of your volunteer commitment. Thank you for your consideration!

Cyclone Family Weekend 2017

Cyclone Family Weekend 2017 will take place OCTOBER 20-22, 2017. More information will be available closer to June 1st on the CYCLONE FAMILY WEEKEND WEBSITE.