All About Admissions

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All About Admissions

Find Your Future

More than 200,000 people have found their future at Kirkwood. Are you ready to be next?

At Kirkwood we’re committed to your success. With programs that can prepare you for a four-year degree, or to immediately join the workforce in a year or two, you can find your path to success here. 

Select a program and submit your free application online. Once you're accepted, enrollment is easy!

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Your k-number  is your official Kirkwood ID. You'll use your k-number to log into MyHub and Talon, get your Eagle Card, log into camus computers, and more.

The Kirkwood student email system is the primary way you'll receive official communication from the college. Important details about advising, enrollment and financial aid will be sent via email.

Program conferences are required for acceptance into many programs. You will receive information from your academic department as your start date nears.


First Time in College

Explore these super-helpful resources for starting your journey at Kirkwood, and learn what to finish before classes begin.

Get Started


Adult Student

Coming back to school? Starting for the first time? We're here to help — use the checklist for adult learners below to get everything you need.

Adult Student Checklist


International Student

Our Global Learning staff can help you submit your application, register for classes, and become a part of the Kirkwood community. 

International Admissions


Returning to Kirkwood

The Advising and Transfer Center can review your transcript, clarify course requirements, and plan your graduation path.

Advising & Transfer Center


Guest Student

We make transferring credits simple, and every summer we offer courses that meet general education and major requirements.

Guest Student Checklist


Parent or Support Team

Have a question about what resources are available for you and your student? Look here for calendars, housing, student health, and more.

Support Your Student

Devin Benish

“You get a quality, affordable education as a Kirkwood student. The faculty really makes the college stand out from the rest. They really care how you do in their classes and go the extra mile to help you succeed.”

Devin Benish,
Fairfax, Iowa

You’ve Applied! Now What?

Some Kirkwood programs require you to attend a program conference prior to beginning classes. At the conference, you’ll learn about instructors' expectations and specific admissions requirement. Plus, you can ask questions of faculty and staff.

After you apply, you will be notified if your program requires a conference. Keep in mind, acceptance into Kirkwood doesn’t guarantee acceptance into a specific program.

Find Your Conference

If you’re registered for six or more credit hours in a degree program, you’re required to prove college-level competency in reading, writing, and/or math. Placement testing helps align you with the correct classes for your skill level.

You can be exempted from placement testing if you’ve:

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

Questions? Call the Test Center at 319-398-5456 to learn more and find the nearest testing location.

Visit the Test Center

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1.

Kirkwood offers over $3 million in scholarship funds for students every year. For the best chance to receive a scholarship, apply between October 1 and March 15.

If you apply after March 15, you’ll be eligible for a limited number of second-round scholarship opportunities. Apply now!

All About Paying for College

If you’re planning to come to Kirkwood following your senior year in high school, you could qualify for one of these scholarships. Find out more by reviewing the qualifications.

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Find how Kirkwood holds your ideal college experience by visiting campus! Meet other students. Try some of our fun activities for students. Learn about applying for your program, where to live, and more.

Visit Us Today!

While Kirkwood doesn’t own or operate housing, we work closely with privately-owned complexes within 1.5 miles of campus.

Contact the Housing Office at 319-398-7647 to tour available rental units.

All About Housing

If you are planning to transfer to Kirkwood or have taken college classes before and would like them to count toward your Kirkwood degree, you’ll need to send an official transcript from each college or university to the One Stop Office to receive credit for previous coursework.

More About Transcripts

Still have questions? We can help! Contact Kirkwood’s admissions team today.


Admissions Office

Phone: 319-398-5517 or 800-363-2220


On campus: 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall

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