STARS Initiative

Welcome to Indiana State University! The success of every student is extremely important to us at State. That’s why we’ve created the STARS Initiative (Students Acting Responsibly and Strategically) to support your important transition from high school to college. As you prepare to attend State, please review the information below about how STARS can help you succeed.

In order to participate, students must be admitted to the initiative. You can find the STARS Eligibility requirements online here.

Program Requirements

Students who are under the age of 21, conditionally admitted, and accepted into the STARS Initiative are responsible for the following requirements which are designed to support your journey at State. You will:

  • Live in the STARS Living-learning community  in accordance to the first-year housing requirement
  • Take foundational studies courses with other STARS students
  • Meet with a peer mentor
  • Participate in structured study
  • Earn the status of "good standing" at State in order to declare a major
  • Attend New Student Orientation
  • Agree to abide by STARS policies

Living-learning Communities

You’ll join a living-learning community in which you will live on the same floor within a residence hall and share a room with other STARS students. Selecting a specific roommate will not be available.  The floor will be staffed by both a Residential Peer Mentor and a Resident Assistant assigned to provide peer support during your first year inside and outside the classroom.


You’ll take three courses together with other STARS students: University College 100, English 101, and Communication 101. You’ll also be assigned an academic advisor who will work with you throughout your first year as you identify a major and strive toward your future career goals.

Peer Mentoring

You’ll be provided a peer mentor to meet with on a weekly basis as you navigate college for the first time. This mentor will also serve as a peer instructor in your UC 100 and will attend that class with you. This person will work with you to build academic and personal success skills, and will be a peer that you can lean on for support during your first year at ISU.

Structured Studying

You’ll participate in structured studying each week in your residence hall. We want to ensure that you begin your academic career with strong habits that you can carry with you throughout your four years at State. Structured study tables will ensure that you learn early on the value of scheduling your study time to help you find balance as you transition to college.

These are nationally recognized strategies that aid in college student success. All STARS participants will be required to join these programs and must sign a contract at New Student Orientation agreeing to abide by these policies. Utilizing these resources along with consistent class attendance and homework submission will set you up for a successful first year and will help you develop strategies for excelling in your four years at Indiana State University.

STARS Coordinators

Malissa Muyumba
STARS Academic Advisor
(812) 237-3910

Stephanie Pearcy
STARS Program Director
(812) 237-2278