Before Arrival at Iowa State

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Before you arrive...

The International Students and Scholars Office provides international students with much information. Be sure to visit their Fall Orientation webpages for information on:


  • Before Entering the U.S.
  • Entering the U.S.
  • Transportation from the Des Moines Airport
  • Temporary Housing upon Arrival

and information on many other important topics !!  You will not be sorry you took the time to read these pages of information.


International students might find it helpful to contact a student organization for some arrival assistance: The Indian Student Organization information is here:  https://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/site/260 and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association is here: https://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/site/isucssa

Housing

On-campus housing - The University offers housing options to students which you can view here. You can register for University housing via your AccessPlus account. Create your AccessPlus account by using your University ID as your Login ID, and as your initial password, use your birth month and day in a four digit format. For instance, if you were born Nov. 10, your password would be 1110. If you have any issues logging into Access Plus, please call the Solution Center, 515-294-4000, and they will be able to reset your password over the phone and grant you access. Communicate with University housing officials by email at: housing@iastate.edu.


Off-campus housing - Available apartments or homes may be located through realtors, the Ames Tribune, the Ames Advertiser, the Iowa State Daily, and online at www.rentiowa.com.

Housing and Transportation Issues

Cy-Ride is the bus system in Ames. If you are without a car, it is quite convenient to travel around Ames in most locations. As you search for an apartment in Ames, you may want to check Cy-Ride routes and schedules to make sure you can easily access Cy-Ride from where you choose to live.

Creating an AccessPlus account

Create your AccessPlus account by using your University ID as your Login ID, and as your initial password, use your birth month and day in a four digit format. For instance, if you were born Nov. 10, your password would be 1110. If you have any issues logging into Access Plus, please call the Solution Center, 515-294-4000, and they will be able to reset your password over the phone and grant you access.

Immunizations

All new students are required to show proof of immunization against Measles (rubeola). International students must receive a TB test which is typically part of the ISS orientation.


Your immunization records can be obtained from your health care provider’s office. They may also be available from the colleges or universities you have attended. Public health department records or military records may also have this information. Immunization dates and tests must include the month, day, and year. A photocopy of your immunization record is acceptable and may be attached to the immunization form.


The Thielen Student Health Center is located on the northeast corner of Union Drive and Sheldon Avenue, just west of Beyer Hall. Their website is located here: http://www.health.iastate.edu/ . Information on immunizations can be found here. Several links on services they offer can also be found on this page.


New students are eligible for vaccinations and other services beginning the week prior to classes. Rubeola titers (blood test) and Tuberculosis (TB) skin tests are also available. Please note that there are charges for health center services, although most are provided at a reduced rate. You may also visit your current health care provider for a measles vaccination.

BCB core course content,  and some materials to refresh or prepare for them.

Here are BCB_567, BCB_568, BCB_569 and BCB 570 core course syllabi.


Stat 430 and BCB 567 are two first-semester required courses.


Concepts described in these two courses will be helpful for students to have preparation for Stat 430:


Stat 330. Probability and Statistics for Computer Science. Topics from probability and statistics applicable to computer science. Basic probability; Random variables and their distributions; Elementary probabilistic simulation; Queuing models; Basic statistical inference; Introduction to regression.


Stat 341. Introduction to the Theory of Probability and Statistics I. Probability; distribution functions and their properties; classical discrete and continuous distribution functions; multivariate probability distributions and their properties; moment generating functions; simulation of random variables and use of the R statistical package. Credit for both Stat 341 and 447 may not be applied toward graduation.


BCB 567 has used Cormen's Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd edition. For your review, Chapters 2, 3 and 4 are most helpful.

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