Business Learning Teams

The Ivy College of Business proudly offers a learning community experience each fall to transfer students and all incoming first-year students through the Business Learning Team (BLT) program. 

What is a learning community?

Learning communities are small groups of students who generally take one, two, or three courses together during their first semester at Iowa State University. Through your learning community, you’ll make connections with students who have similar academic goals, learn about university resources, engage in career exploration, and receive support and guidance from a peer mentor. Learning communities are designed to ease your transition to college life at Iowa State and the Ivy College of Business.

Business Learning Teams

Business Learning Teams (BLTs) pair groups of incoming students with experienced Ivy student leaders who serve as peer mentors to teams of 10-12 students in Bus Ad 102, a required orientation course. You’ll sit with your team in class to engage in discussion and activities. Connections and community naturally form through this in-class engagement.

Outside of class, you will be asked to meet with your peer mentor during the beginning of fall semester to get to know each other. This meeting provides a great opportunity to discuss how things are going so far, ask individualized questions, and learn more about all that Ivy has to offer. Additional outside-of-class activities are offered throughout the fall to support career and major exploration. Peer mentors also assist students with developing a graduation plan. 

All incoming first-year students are enrolled in a Business Learning Team during the new student orientation process. Business Learning Teams are not connected to your on-campus housing. 

Questions? Email BLT program coordinators Kathy Weaver kweaver@iastate.edu and Rhaechel Ohge Fritz reofritz@iastate.edu . 

In Their Own Words

Taking this as a freshman set me up to be successful in classes in my future at ISU. BusAd 102 gave me resources to use and showed me how to access them.” – Laney, first-year student

“I learned a lot about the campus, what ISU and the Ivy College of Business expects of me, and how to work together in a team. I liked how we were walked through and given advice in making a course plan to complete our degree.”– Joshua, first-year student

“The most helpful aspect of BLT was having a peer mentor to support me throughout the semester. I also loved our team time because I got to meet new people and made a lot of connections with them.” – Joyce, first-year student