Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Applying for Admission

1. Ways to Apply

The fastest way to apply is at

Applications may also be faxed to 319-398-4928 or mailed to:

One Stop Office
202 Kirkwood Hall
Kirkwood Community College
P.O. Box 2068
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-2068

There is no application fee. Select one program area to receive more information about completing the admission process.

Some programs require a program conference. At the program conference, students meet with the program instructors to learn more about the expectations of the program. This is an important step because some programs fill quickly. Program advisors contact students with more information once applications are received.

2. Placement Exams

Kirkwood requires exam results to determine placement in reading, writing and math courses. Submit current ACT scores or take COMPASS, the free Kirkwood placement test. Call 319-398-5456 or a Kirkwood center for testing times. Math scores are valid for two years; reading and writing scores remain valid for three years.

3. Financial Aid

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. Start early – the financial aid process can take three to five months. Go to

4. Scholarships

Most Kirkwood scholarship applications are accepted from October 1 through March 31. More than $2 million in scholarship awards is available to all Kirkwood students. Apply at

5. Housing

Contact the Housing office at 319-398-7647 or You can tour available housing during our TGIF (To Get Information Fast) campus visits.

6. Transcripts

Transfer or returning adult students who want credit for previous course work must provide the One Stop office with an official transcript from each college or university attended.

Admission to the college does not guarantee acceptance into all programs.

Generally, admission to programs is granted on a continuous basis as applicants complete the required admission procedures. Applicants should apply as soon as they have decided to seek admission. Students can submit applications one year prior to program start dates. (Check the entry time in the program descriptions in this catalog.)

Applications are accepted up to the day of registration in many college programs. However, students should complete their applications well in advance of the semester they plan to enter to gain the maximum pre-enrollment assistance from college staff. Those with college degrees can send their transcripts to the One Stop office to be used for advising purposes.

College Credit While in High School

College-ready high school students have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit through an agreement between the local high school district and Kirkwood Community College. With recommendation and approval from the high school district, students who have satisfied the prerequisite course work may enroll in individual classes or a sequence of career emphasis classes. Courses are available within the high school setting, Kirkwood distance learning and online classes or classes held at one of Kirkwood’s campus locations throughout the seven-county service area. Students wishing to earn credit, but not through the process above, should contact Kirkwood’s dean of students.