For the Undergraduate Program at Iowa State, there were 164 students enrolled for the Fall of 2023. The incoming first-year cohort for the Fall of 2023 was record-setting, with 61 students coming onto campus (4 accepting the MVP scholarship). Along with that, more than 70 college students have served as mentor leaders to our 8th – 12th grade students during Science Bound hosted events.

Two hundred and eighty-one Science Bound graduates have now earned degrees from Iowa State. Seventy-six percent received degrees in ASTEM fields. We have alumni living and working in more than 25 US states and several more working abroad.

When Science Bound scholars come to Iowa State, they participate in multiple Science Bound programs, community-building opportunities, and academic supports. These include:

First-Year & All Scholar Retreat. Yearly gatherings for all Science Bound Scholars to build community. 

First-Year & Second-Year Seminar. Supports and prepares scholars for a successful transition into college, and provides professional development opportunities. 

Academic Success Program. Provides extra support to scholars through regular meetings with Student Program Coordinators (SPCs), calendar planning workshops, and more to ensure a successful semester. 

One-on-One Meetings. First-year scholars meet with SPCs to ensure their transition into college goes well and to develop a relationship with SB staff. 

Scholar Breakfasts. Monthly, the staff cooks for the scholars which provides time for an informal check in and community building. 

SB Scholar Leaders. ISU scholars have the opportunity to give back through working pre-college events. This past year we had over 100 scholars participate! 

Late Night Study Sessions. Scholars enjoy food, activities, and prizes!