The University of Iowa

Teaching the IOWA Challenge

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The Iowa Challenge establishes five essential expectations for University of Iowa students:

Excel. Set high standards- push yourself academically.
Stretch. Learn from diverse people, ideas, and experiences.
Engage. Get involved and be a leader.
Choose. Make decisions that support your goals.
Serve. Contribute to a community that’s a great place to live and learn.


Students are introduced to The IOWA Challenge before the semester even begins. Orientation, On Iowa!, and other programming throughout the year is structured around these expectations so that students are aware of them and can incorporate them into their time here at Iowa. For information and ideas on how to use The IOWA Challenge in your classroom, visit the Center for Teaching website.