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New Student Program Records, 1961-2017

 Sub-Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 7/2/5

Description of Material

This sub-group (1961-[ongoing]) contains printed and audio-visual materials related to the New Student Programs at Iowa State University. The printed materials include orientation programs and handbooks, Orientation Committee meeting materials, summer orientation reports, and documents related to the Cyclone Aides. There is also a collected history of the program completed in 1997: "A History of New Student Orientation at Iowa State University," by Johna S. Sell. Freshman Days manuals (LD2546.F75x) are cataloged and available in the University Archives.

The sub-group also contains audio-visual materials used during orientation presentations. The videos include vignettes performed by Cyclone Aides to present certain aspects of college life, faculty and administrator question and answer panels, and other welcome presentations. Slide presentations used during orientation events are also part of this collection.


  • Creation: 1961-2017

Language of Materials

From the Record Group:



"Freshman Day" was first instituted at Iowa State College (University) during the fall quarter of 1926. The next year the program was expanded from one to three days during which students were required to have a physical examination by the campus physician, register for classes, and attend a convocation held in State Gym.

Freshman Days continued to expand and change over the coming years. A system of Junior College counselors was first introduced in 1928, but was eventually phased out in the late 1950s. Students were given a psychological exam administered by the Psychology Department starting in 1929 and several years later, in 1933, the English Placement exam administered by the English Department was first mentioned in the Freshman Days program.

In 1960, two significant changes occurred in regards to Freshman Days. One was the change of name from Freshman Days to Orientation Days. The other was the creation of a summer orientation program. The summer program was in addition to the fall program, which students were still required to attend in order to register for classes. The summer orientation program eventually became the main orientation program for students in the coming years.

First introduced in 1969, the Cyclone Aides consist of upperclassmen whose main responsibility is to guide new students through orientation activities and events. They conduct campus tours, answer questions from students and parents, and give presentations on student life and the University to new students and their families.


24.82 Linear Feet (56 document boxes, 1 records center carton)


The sub-group is arranged into two series:

Series 1, Subject Files, 1961-2016 (chronological)

Series 2, Audio-Visual Materials, 1969-2004 (chronological)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-06-28.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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