Iowa of the Tiger Program Gives LSU Students Front-Row Seat in Presidential Politics

Sept. 16, 2019

Baton Rouge, LA – LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication is offering LSU students a unique front-row seat to history through its exclusive “Iowa of the Tiger” program. The program allows students to spend 10 days attending dozens of presidential campaign events – and meeting presidential candidates – across Iowa before the state’s caucuses on Feb. 3. The program is slated this winter from Dec. 29 to Jan. 7.

This is the fourth Iowa of the Tiger Program that the Manship School has offered to LSU students since it launched in 2008. Since then, more than 70 students have participated in the program.

“Iowa of the Tiger provides students from the Manship School and across campus with a rare opportunity to experience presidential communications and politics up close,” Manship School Professor Bob Mann, who leads the program, said. “Since 2008, our students have had a front-row seat to the nation’s first presidential caucus. Not only do they get to attend campaign rallies, but they also get to meet and talk with most of the candidates. Many students have told me the Iowa program was the highlight of their time at LSU.”

Students interested in the program can find more information online.

In addition to the $1,000 program fee (which covers hotel, in-state transportation and some meals), students are responsible for their transportation to Des Moines and most meals.

For more information about the program, contact Bob Mann at


LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree. Its public relations students were recently ranked the #1 team in the nation, and its digital advertising and student media teams frequently earn national recognition.