President Obama will offer some counterprogramming next week during the Republican Convention when he makes campaign stops in Ames, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colo.; and Charlottesville, Va., on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to his campaign.

Obama has been reaching out to students and his trip next week appears timed to coincide with the start of the fall semester at Iowa State University, Colorado State and the University of Virginia.

The president, however, will be back in Washington before the speeches of his presumptive GOP opponent Mitt Romney on Thursday and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), on Wednesday night.