Resources for Rural Students

Allen College is dedicated to preparing rural students to have a successful and smooth transition into the college and their academic programs. We are committed to doing this by offering student support services and financial assistance specifically for rural students who qualify.  

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Meet your Rural Peer Mentors

Erica Noe

I grew up in Vinton, Iowa and did my general education courses at The University of Northern Iowa. I chose Allen because of how close it is to home, and because of the size of the campus and classes. My best memory of Allen College is when I met my best friend during new student orientation - we have been studying and hanging out together ever since! 

My advice: Get out there! Talk to the group of people you recognize from classes. Ask your professors questions, even if you think it is silly or dumb (I promise, it's not!) You are surrounded by people who want to help you succeed in any way they can. 

When I am not in class or clinical, I like to bake and spend time with family and friends.

Sierra Loger

My hometown is Dike, Iowa and I completed my general education courses through Hawkeye Community College and The University of Northern Iowa. I chose Allen College because of the small class sizes and the relationships built between my peers and instructors. My favorite Allen College event is the end of year cookout and bags tournament! 

My Advice: Get close with your cohort and find study routines that work best for you!

When I am not in class or clinical, I enjoy kayaking and spending time with friends.

Malea Neuroth

I am originally from Dike, Iowa, but now live in Parkersburg. After completing my general education courses at Hawkeye Community College and Kirkwood Community College, I chose Allen College because it is close to home, offers a lot of hands-on experience, and small class sizes so I can get to know my professors personally.  I have become friends with all of my classmates, and my favorite memory is my first day on the floor as a student nurse. 

My Advice: Remember why you decided to become a nurse and that all of your hard work will pay off in the end.

When I am not in class or clinical, I enjoy coaching off-season club volleyball in my hometown, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.

Why should I connect with a Rural Peer Mentor? 

Rural Peer Mentors provide support and guidance to new students as they navigate the transition to college and beyond. They are available to both prospective and current students from rural communities as a free resource. Contact Monica Berning ( to learn more. 

The Louviere Study Room

Located adjacent to the McKinstry Student Center in Barrett Forum, the Louviere Study Room provides a quiet place to study and is equipped with resources to help you succeed. You are welcome to use this space at any time. 

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