History and Accreditation

The Student Counseling Service (SCS) enjoys a high-quality reputation as one of the oldest university counseling centers in the United States providing services for students since 1939. The Professional Psychology Training Program was also established as one of the founding members of ACCTA (Association of Counseling Center Training Agents). The mission of SCS is to help students enhance their academic and personal well-being and assist them to be successful at ISU. SCS provides prevention, intervention, and referral services to Iowa State University students. Services are designed to help students sort through their feelings, strengths, and options and to develop new perspectives and coping skills. SCS also provides consultation and training to faculty and staff to assist them in addressing the psychological needs of students.


In 2016 we received full re-accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA) to function as a professional internship training site. We have maintained accreditation from APA since 1980. We have also received full re-accreditation from the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) in June 2016 and have maintained accreditation since 1966.