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Student Counseling Services provides clinical and campus-based services to help students achieve their educational and personal goals. SCS supports the holistic wellbeing of every Iowa State student and promotes a healthy and inclusive community through clinical services, outreach, consultation, crisis intervention, and collaboration with campus partners.

Getting Started with Student Counseling Services

The easiest way to get started with Student Counseling Services is to simply give us a call. We are open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday during fall and spring semesters. We are closed on all university holidays but are typically open during breaks and summer 7:30AM-4PM.

How to Find Student Counseling Services

The Student Counseling Services office is located on the third floor of the Student Services building. Upon entry, you may use the stairs or elevator to navigate to the third floor. Please check in with the front desk upon arrival.

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Eligibility and Access

Clinical services are offered to enrolled students of Iowa State. Consultation services are offered to students, faculty, staff, and parents.

Students who are under 18 years old may be requested to obtain the written permission of a parent or guardian to receive treatment. Such students may be seen for an assessment without written parental release.

Cost of Services

Most professional services of the SCS are provided by the university at no charge to the student. When testing is recommended, there is a minimum fee designed to recuperate the cost of the test. This fee can be charged to the student’s U-bill if desired. In order to encourage consistency of care to our clients and increase efficiency of the service to all, SCS will charge $25 for uncancelled missed appointments, which will be charged to your University Bill (U-bill).

Student Counseling Services at a Glance

  • 7,000+

    Visits to Student Counseling Services during FY2023

  • 2,000+

    Students served through telecounseling during FY2023

Frequently Asked Questions

 Yes. To get started with Student Counseling Services  simply give us a call 515-294-5056 to schedule your initial assessment. We are open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday during fall and spring semesters. 

You do not need an appointment for immediate crisis assessment.

There is no charge for being seen at Student Counseling Services.

A missed appointment will result in a $25 charge.

Student Counseling Services is conveniently located on campus in the Student Services Building, 3rd Floor.

If you have an urgent crisis situation, it’s always best to call 911.

24/7/365 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Call or text: 988    

Chat: 988lifeline.org   

Text: “HELLO” to: 741741

SCS offers crisis assessment by walking into the center during all business hours M-F.