Academic Program for Excellence

UPDATE: In keeping with Iowa State University's COVID-19 response and guidelines for social distancing, the APEX program will take on a new format, virtual format this year but will still provide an opportunity or growth, community, fun, and excellence. More information coming soon.
The Academic Program for EXcellence (APEX) is an eight-week academic summer program designed for incoming multicultural first-year students.  APEX helps multicultural students transition to Iowa State University during the summer prior to their first semester.


What will you get as an APEX participant?

 Free summer room and board

 Free summer tuition for up to 8 credits

 60 new friends

 A head start on college life

 One unforgettable summer


"APEX is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  To be honest, once of the best experiences of my life.  Thanks fo the staff for choosing me and for also making this summer one of the best in my life." - Former APEX Participant


Program Eligibility and Application Information 

APEX Frequently Asked Questions

What do the students have to say about APEX?  

APEX Participant Expectations

APEX Program Staff Information


The Academic Program for Excellence Receives Generous Support from the Following Sponsors

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