Student Resources

Experiential Learning

Lakeside offers students a unique educational experience: small, full-immersion, field-oriented courses. Most courses meet all day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Monday through Friday. Course enrollments are usually limited to 11 students. Weather permitting, students normally spend at least part of each day doing fieldwork.

Students from any college or university can take classes at Lakeside. If you are a student at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, or Drake University, your credits and grades are recorded at your home school. If you attend another college or university, your credits and grades are recorded at the University of Iowa.

Before registering, please check with your academic adviser to determine if specific courses can be used to satisfy major, minor, college or university requirements at your institution.

Lakeside students may reside on or off campus. We strongly encourage independent study by undergraduates and thesis and dissertation research by graduate students.

Tuition and Fees

Students at Iowa Lakeside Lab pay tuition, room and board. The diatoms course has an additional course fee of $130.

The University of Iowa will send you an email notification of these charges, which you will pay online. Billing at The University of Iowa

A nonrefundable $100.00 deposit must be paid to the Iowa Lakeside Lab Administrative Office before your registration will be processed. This will be credited to your Ubill.

The 2018 tuition is $312.00 per credit hour for undergraduate students and $524.00 per credit hour for graduate students.(These rates are subject to change pending Iowa Board of Regents tuition decisions.)

Room and board costs $225.00 to $425.00 per week, depending on the housing you select.

Scholarships

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General Scholarships

For the summer of 2018, Lakeside Lab and the Friends of Lakeside Lab are offering a limited number of $225/week (4 week max.) room and board scholarships to qualified students who register for a Lakeside Lab course and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. In exchange, students provide 3 hours of service each week at the campus. To apply, please follow the instructions contained in the on-line registration form when you register for your Lakeside Lab course.

Life at Lakeside

Find a map of our campus PDF iconhere

Housing Information

We have several housing types on campus and each have different bathroom, bedding types, and room styles. The following is a list of our housing styles and units. We suggest finding the type that was assigned to you and pack your belongings based on the amenities that are included.  Housing is available for check-in the Sunday before classes start.

Stone Cabins

  • Most rustic living quarters, generally shared with up to three occupants
  • Twin sized beds
  • No heating or air-conditioning
  • Shared bath house located nearby
  • Sink with running water inside cabin
  • Small closet space with drawers for limited belongings
  • Closest housing to the dining hall and lakeshore

Cedar Cabins

  • Generally shared with up to two occupants, but limited single occupancy units are available upon request
  • Twin or full-sized beds
  • No heating or air conditioning
  • Shared bath house located nearby
  • Stand up dressers for clothing
  • Some units feature a shared screened-in porch area

What to Bring

  • A suggested list of things to bring can be found PDF iconhere.

What to Expect Living on Campus

On campus, we have limitless ways for you to enjoy yourself both indoors and outdoors. We offer outdoor recreational equipment available for all students to use at any time you are not under class obligations. Most of the outdoor recreational equipment, as well as indoor common areas, on campus are signified on the campus map as “Recreational Areas”.

While you are welcome to bring your own recreational equipment if you choose to do so, the following are some of the outdoor equipment we have on campus for student use:

  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Road bicycles
  • Hammocks
  • Slackline

We have a fire pit east of the dining hall which students are welcome to use for bonfires safely and responsibly. There is also a sand volleyball court near the bike trail on the west side of campus.

In addition to outdoor activities, we also have a few indoor common areas where students often choose to spend their down time and enjoy the air conditioning. The upper level of the dining hall building, called the loft, has a television, bean bag chairs, and plenty of comfy seating where students usually lounge and watch movies together. The lower level of the dining hall, called the cellar, has a full kitchen, living area, and ping pong table where students enjoy getting together on the weekends to play games and decompress after a week of class.

Okoboji Area Attractions

 
Lakeside Laboratory is situated in a lush landscape among a forest of trees, plant life and water in a part of northwest Iowa fondly referred to as the Iowa Great Lakes Area. The Iowa Great Lakes include Iowa’s largest natural lake, Spirit Lake and five interconnected lakes: West Okoboji, East Okoboji, Upper Gar, Lower Gar, and Minnewashta. In addition to all of the water and natural beauty, the area is filled with attractions that can add to your adventure at Lakeside Laboratory!

Arnolds Park Amusement Park
Bridges Bay, Waterpark & Zipline
Central Emporium
Clark Museum of Okoboji Area and Iowa History
Dickinson County Nature Center
Extreme Water Sports
Goodies Handmade Candies
Gull Point State Park
Higgins Museum of National Bank Notes
Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Museum
Maritime Museum, Arnolds Park
Okoboji Classic Cars
Okoboji Summer Theatre
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
Ranch Okoboji, Minigolf

International Students

Lakeside Lab welcomes participation by international students and scholars. Our staff is happy to help you plan your study here.

If you are already in the United States on a student visa your current I-20 should be valid for your summer study at Lakeside Lab (as long as your I-20 does not expire before your Lakeside course ends).

If you are not currently studying in the United States on a student visa, you have the option to participate in study at Lakeside Lab as an international scholar. You will not earn academic credit for your study but you will receive a certificate for your participation. You will need to obtain a US visitor visa to participate at Lakeside Lab. You will be billed the equivalent of undergraduate tuition for this option, as well as room and board.

Register

Submit the online registration form and non-refundable deposit as soon as possible to reserve your space in the course you’d like to attend. $100 deposit for Undergraduate, Graduate and Audit Credit. $500 deposit for International Scholar Registration

Visa

If you are currently in the US on a student visa, The University of Iowa International Admissions Office will contact you to verify your student visa status.

If you are currently outside of the US, you will need to obtain a visitor visa to enter the US and participate at Lakeside Lab as an international scholar.

Arrival

If you are attending Lakeside as an international student on a student visa from another university, be sure to have the Lakeside staff help you check in with the University of Iowa International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Please have the following documents ready: passport, visa, I-94 card (issued when you enter the US), and stamped I-20 form.

Payment

If you are currently in the US on a student visa you will enroll at your current level of study. You will be billed $312 per credit hour for undergraduate credit or $524 per credit hour for graduate credit. Transcripts of your bachelor’s degree are required to earn graduate credit. You will also be billed $225-$425 per week for room and board depending on your housing choice. If you have a GPA of 3.0 you may apply for a room and board scholarship. You will pay your bill through The University of Iowa’s online billing system.

If you attend Lakeside as an international scholar you will pay $312 per credit hour for the course(s) in which you participate. You will also be required to pay $225-$425 per week for room and board depending on your housing choice. You will pay $100.00 for a round trip shuttle from the Sioux Falls, SD airport (SFD). You also need to factor in the cost of your flight to the U.S. and additional spending on snacks and entertainment while at Lakeside Lab. You will be invoiced for the conference tuition, room and board, and airport shuttle (if applicable) via email and will be required to pay your bill online with a credit card.

Resources for International Students