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How to Save Money on Textbooks this Semester

College is an investment in your future, and while all investments cost something, college shouldn’t break the bank.  From tuition and fees, meal plans, room and board, the last thing you want to spend your hard-earned dollars on are books for class.  Check out these tips to save money on textbooks this semester and beyond.  Wait to Buy Your…

Why I Chose a Community College: One Top Student’s Perspective

As a valedictorian graduating from Iowa Falls-Alden High School, I never took community college off my radar. In fact, I looked at them first before four-year colleges. The Smart Choice Close to Home Ellsworth has a 2+2 program, meaning I can graduate with my Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and transfer seamlessly to the University…

Relax: The Best Stress Relief Methods for Students

The countdown has begun. You have finished almost two months of classes and finals are approaching. Don’t let the stress of classes and juggling everything going on in your lives over take you. Make sure you take some time to relax. Unplug Okay. You are probably stressing at just the thought of unplugging for a…

7 Things to Keep in Your Dorm This Fall

The cold weather is coming even if we don’t want to believe it. You can make those cold days a little easier with these seven simple things to keep in your dorm room this fall until that nice spring weather returns. 1) Hoodies are a must! Layers, layers, layers. Those first couple of days in…

Campus Life: How to Stay Safe After Dark

When you step on campus in the fall, your safety is a priority for Iowa Valley. And we can boast some of the safest campuses anywhere in the U.S. The reason for that? Campus safety is a conversation we have at all levels, from housing and campus life to parents and students. Providing a safe…

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7 Ways to Get Involved While Social Distancing

Whether you are living on campus or commuting to college for class this fall, there are countless ways to get involved and make your college experience amazing! And there’s a good reason to get involved. It can be a fun way to meet new people, develop new interests, and teach skills that you won’t pick…

Living on Campus: Frequently Asked Questions

Having a roommate, living in campus housing, and getting involved in residence life are quintessential aspects of the college experience.  Read on to find answers to the most often asked questions. What are the housing options? Both Ellsworth and Marshalltown offer on-campus housing options.  Ellsworth has traditional and apartment-style residence halls, while Marshalltown’s are all apartment-style. …