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1. Complete the Application for Admission
Itís free and fast. Select one program or area of emphasis, and within 10 days you will receive a welcome letter in the mail with information about completing the admission process. Programs fill up fast, so apply soon. You will get your temporary EagleCard with your Kirkwood "k" number. Program

Some programs have additional requirements. You will receive information from the program that will detail the steps to be accepted. Make sure you check your e-mail and postal mail! If you have questions, call 319-398-1265 or send us an email.


COMPASS Placement Testing
New Kirkwood students should take the COMPASS Placement test. COMPASS is a free, computerized test that assesses your reading, writing and math skills, then recommends appropriate courses. COMPASS is untimed (allow two hours) and offered on a walk-in basis in the Testing Center, 2055 Cedar Hall; you must arrive by 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or by 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Photo ID is required. The COMPASS can also be taken at most Kirkwood centers; please call to schedule an appointment. If you've already taken college-level math or English classes or have a degree, check with your department to see if you need further testing. Call 319-398-5456 to get more info.

3. Transferring Credits from Another College
Kirkwood may accept credit given to a student who has done previous work at another accredited college. Only transcripts mailed from the Registrar's Office of one college to another are considered official. Send official transcripts directly from all colleges you have attended to: Kirkwood Community College, One Stop office, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.
4. Program Conference
Depending on your program, you may need to complete a program conference as part of the admission process. These are free, held monthly, and last an hour. You'll learn specific information about the program; you will also learn of any additional admission requirements.  Click here to find out about program conferences.
5. Email
Create your email password ( and access your Kirkwood email account ( Your correspondence with us will come in the form of email. Your password will also be your login for EagleNet, our online web-portal to help you manage your academic career.  
6. Financial Aid
Obtain and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submit FAFSA at (Kirkwood's school code is 004076). Call 877-386-9101 for more information.
7. Scholarships
Priority deadline is March 15. A FAFSA should be completed and on file before you apply. Over $2.8 million in scholarships are awarded each year at Kirkwood, including returning adult scholarships. Apply online at
8. Orientation
All new students are required to attend an orientation session. During orientation, you meet with an advisor and register in your first semester classes. For more information or to register, visit
9. EagleCard ID
Get your permanent EagleCard after you have registered for classes. Bring a photo ID with you when you trade in your temporary card for your permanent one.

Buy Your Books
Buy your books in person at the Kirkwood Bookstore or online. Books are available 10 days prior to the start of each semester.


Fall Semester 2016 begins August 22, 2016.
View the full Kirkwood Academic Calendar at