The University of Iowa

Student Success


What is Student Success?

The definition of student success varies between individual students. However, in general, it includes several components, each of which contribute to a student's personal measure of their success. We take a holistic, or broad, approach to defining and supporting student success. Student success can be:

  • Reaching academic goals
  • Social, personal, and emotional development
  • Appreciating diverse perspectives and developing a clearer sense of personal identity
  • Displaying resiliency and engaging in help-seeking behaviors
  • Developing a sense of belonging and ownership
  • Financial literacy and stability

How University College Supports Student Success

Staff in University College support student success through several transitional and high impact activities that include: