Countdown to Applications

The Secondary Student Training Program at the University of Iowa is now officially open to applications! To prepare, let’s take a moment to go over what you can expect during the application process.

On the SSTP homepage, click on the green Apply Now button:



Step 1: Creating Your Account 

After clicking on Apply Now, you will be asked to create a personal application account. To make your account, you will be required to provide personal information, including your address, your home phone number, and your date of birth. Please make sure you include the email address you intend to use for all future communication with the Belin-Blank Center in the highlighted fields you see below:


Once you have filled out each of the fields, click on the Apply button to proceed to the next part of the application.

Step 2: The Application Fee

Next, you will land at the following page:


Click on Continue to proceed to the payment portal, where you will be asked to fill out credit card information. The application fee for SSTP at the University of Iowa is $50.00. Upon acceptance to the program, the $50.00 application fee will be credited towards your program costs. Please note that only Visa and Mastercard payment can be accepted.


The AmountInvoice Number, Description, Program, and Record_ID fields will populate automatically. Once you’ve filled out the top three fields (Name on cardCard NumberExpiration Date), click Process to complete the payment and move on to the next step of the application.

Step 3: Your Application Checklist

After clicking Process, you will land at the Application Checklist page. It will look something like this:

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Most of your the buttons should be red at the beginning, but they will turn green as you complete the various application requirements. To see a detailed description of what requirements you still have to complete, click on one of the red buttons.

Step 4: Application Responses and Research Interests

If you click on the Application Responses and Research Interests button, you will see the following:


On the left hand side are three prompts. The first two are essay questions. These essays are your chance to introduce yourself and communicate what makes you a great candidate for SSTP. For the essay questions, we strongly recommend composing your responses in a word processor such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs and using the word count tool. Both essay responses are capped at 750 words, so please watch your word count and be careful not to exceed it. Once you feel like you have answered the prompts to your satisfaction, click the Edit button below the final prompt, and then copy and paste your essays into the boxes that appear to the right:


The final prompt on the left hand side asks for your research interests. Here, you should not answer in essay form.

To save your entries in each field, click the Update button that appears below the final prompt.

Step 5: Application Materials

In addition to your essays and research interests, you will also have to submit 2 teacher recommendations, a high school transcript, and test scores from the SAT, PSAT, ACT, PLAN, or similar. To do so, click on the Application Materials button, and the following menu will pop down:

Application materials

You will see that for the teacher recommendations, we ask that you enter the email address of the teachers who intend to submit a recommendation letter on your behalf. First, talk to your teachers about your application, and see who can give you a recommendation. Then, once you have their confirmation, enter your 2 recommending teachers’ email addresses into the fields given and click Send Request.

You will also see that we ask for your high school transcript. Here, you should also include college-level courses you may have taken, as well as any other courses you may have taken outside of school. Please note, however, that only one document can be submitted, so make sure you merge all your transcript materials into a single .pdf document before uploading.

Lastly, you must submit 1 test score from a standardized exam. If you are unsure whether the test score you wish to submit meets our criteria, please contact us at with the details regard your test of choice before you submit it, and we will let you know if your test score is eligible as quickly as possible. You may submit only 1 score, so make sure you choose the test results that you feel best reflect your abilities.

Step 6: Where’s the Submit Button?

Once you have completed each section of the Application Checklist, each button will turn green, and your application status will say, “Complete – Pending Acceptance” as indicated below:


Once you see the “Complete” message, no further action is required. You can continue working on your application until the submission deadline on February 1st, at which time, you will no longer be able to edit your materials.

On April 2nd, 2018, successful applications will be notified of their acceptance via the email address provided in the application.

If you ever lose your place during the application process, have no fear. Simply navigate back to the application from the SSTP homepage and click on the green Apply Now button:


Good luck! Feel free to reach out to if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing your application.



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