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!

Parent and Family Programs Scholarship

Parent and Family Programs is proud to offer merit based scholarships available to students that will be sophomores, juniors, and seniors during the Fall 2018 semester. The Parent and Family Programs Scholarship will provide four (4) students with a $750 non-renewable award to be applied to the Fall 2018 semester. These scholarships are funded through programs such as the annual football ticket fundraiser put on by Parent and Family Programs.


Scholarship Eligibility:

1. Be classified as an undergraduate student at Iowa State University

2. Be enrolled in the Spring and Fall 2018 semester

3. Be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater (4.0 scale)


Selection is based on four (4) essay questions, three (3) areas of student experience, and one (1) letter of recommendation from and ISU faculty or staff member. Students may major in any curriculum and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Recipients will be notified during spring semester.


To apply for the scholarship, applicants can access the application at the following link: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eX1ucsJmIXc9k57


The application opened on Friday, January 12, 2018 and will close at 11:59pm on Friday, February 16, 2018. Students can email isupaga@iastate.edu with questions or concerns. 


Parent and Family Programs Fall 2017 Advisory Board Meeting

Parent and Family Programs is proud to announce that we help our first Parent and Family Programs Advisory Board Meeting on Saturday, October 21, 2017, during Cyclone Family Weekend. This was a great opportunity for family members to chat with Kipp Van Dyke (Director of Student Assistance, Assistant Dean of Students, Parent and Family Programs) and Dr. Vernon Hurte (Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs) about things happening on campus, concerns that families face at Iowa State, and how to best support their students. It was a great conversation, and we look forward to more opportunities to engage in topics relevant to students, parents, and families. Check out a copy of the Meeting minutes here!


Didn’t have a chance to make it to campus for the fall advisory board meeting? Don’t worry! There will be another one coming this spring semester with the same chance to chat with Iowa State staff. Watch for more information and updates in future issues of Relatively Speaking!

Thanks to everyone that attended Cyclone Family Weekend and the Parent and Family Programs Advisory Board Meeting! Stay tuned for more ways to get involved with Parent and Family Programs throughout the year!