Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2018-2019

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Complete an admission application and submit it online at

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.

Placement Exams

All new degree-seeking students registering for more than six credit hours are required to demonstrate college level competency in writing, reading and/or math prior to registration. Appropriate course placement in either college or pre-college courses is determined by a variety of measures, including placement tests, previous academic experience, advising, and so on. Exemptions to this policy must be evaluated prior to registration. (Please allow at least two weeks for these exemptions to be evaluated.) To be exempt a student must have:

  • Completed similar placement tests or the ACT and sent the official record of scores to Kirkwood. Math scores are considered valid for two years while reading and writing scores are valid for three years.
  • Successfully completed (C or better) college-level math and writing classes at a regionally accredited college.
  • Earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college.

Call the Test Center at 319-398-5456 for more information and to find a location closest to you.

Financial Aid

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1. Start early – the financial aid process can take some time to complete. Go to


Kirkwood awards over $3 million in scholarships to students each year. Applications for first-round scholarships open October 1 and close March 15. Applications received after the deadline will be eligible for a limited amount of second-round funding opportunities and new scholarships developed after the March 15 deadline. Applications for second-round opportunities are due July 15. Apply at


Contact the Housing office at 319-398-7647 or You can tour available housing during our scheduled campus visits.


Transfer or returning adult students who want credit for previous coursework 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.)

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 coursework 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, independent of high school, should contact Kirkwood’s Dean of Students office.