The Transitions Learning Community consists of transfer students enrolled in the undergraduate majors of event management and hospitality management. Through common classes, social opportunities, field trips, community service work, and more students are able to meet others in their major and feel connected to their major early on at Iowa State. 

Majors eligible to join

All transfer students in event management and hospitality management.


This is a non-residential learning community. (This means, students can live anywhere and participate!)


Students in the Transitions Learning Community have the option of taking common classes together.  These courses typically include:

  • AESHM 213. Transitions: Pre-Professional Strategies & Career Exploration. Course is taught by an adviser within the majors.  Peer Mentors attend class as well. (REQUIRED)
  • EVENT 271:  Introduction to Event Management (for Event Management majors.)
  • HSP M 101:  Introduction to Hospitality Industry (for Hospitality Management majors.)

How to sign up

Talk to your academic adviser at orientation.

Peer mentors

Each year the learning community has 2-3 peer mentors who are juniors or seniors in event management and/or hospitality management. Peer mentors come to AESHM 213 regularly and participate in and even lead class discussion. They act as another resource on campus for students—giving advice, suggestions, and support. In addition to this, peer mentors also plan social opportunities, educational events, and study sessions for the learning community participants.