Leadership development for students is a strategic priority for Iowa, and the Office of the President is committed to supporting student success through developing student leaders.

The President’s Leadership Class (PLC) was created in 2008 as a collaboration between the Division of Student Life and the Office of the President as a way to help facilitate leadership development in the University of Iowa’s emerging leaders.

Application Information
  • Application Information for the 2024 class will be available in late January 2024. All dates listed below are from 2023 and for reference only.
  • Tuesday, March 21 – Application closes at midnight (CST)
  • March 27 to 31– Group interviews (via Zoom)
  • April – Selections announced
  • May – Meet and Greet with President Wilson
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Class Description

PLC is a three-hour, credit-bearing course that is offered to selected students. Students are selected by application and through an interview. Those selected for admission to this class have the opportunity to explore pertinent leadership issues; to meet with and attend programs by UI, community and state leaders; to participate in meaningful civic activities; to network with other student leaders; and to engage in a curriculum that will help you develop your personal leadership style and skills.


"It's not just another class, it's an experience. It's a place where you learn about yourself and make lasting relationships that will shape the rest of your college career and life."
Adam Burghduff (PLC 2019)

"The President’s Leadership Class was such a unique and wonderful experience for me! I got to meet many talented and passionate peers and heard from many awesome guest speakers. I learned about leadership concepts and skills, as well as gained institutional knowledge of the university through this course. On top of self-development and participating in a group project, I also made some awesome friends through this class and built great relationships with my instructors. If you are looking for an unique experience, this class is for you!"
Tong Ding (PLC 2019)