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✔ Visit CampusStudents walking on main campus

Get a feel for the college experience. See campus and ask questions about academic programs, activities, paying for college, housing, and more! Sign up now.

✔ Apply for Admission

Once you’ve decided to join us at Kirkwood, complete your FREE application online.

✔ Fulfill the Placement ProcessStudent on laptop at Iowa City campus

You can do that in one of the following ways:

• For math, take a free ALEKS math placement assessment online through Kirkwood  
  ◦ OR submit qualifying ACT/SAT test score
  ◦ OR provide qualifying college transcripts

 For reading and writing, provide qualifying high school GPA 

  ◦ OR submit qualifying ACT/SAT test score
  ◦ OR provide qualifying college transcripts

 Note: The Accuplacer placement test has been waived for this academic year

Based on your placement results, high school GPA, or prior college credit, you’ll be able to register for reading, writing, and math courses that are right for you. 

✔ Attend a Program Conference

Some academic programs at Kirkwood require you to attend a program conference before being admitted. You’ll get specific information about the program and special requirements like time commitments and academic expectations.

✔ Apply for Financial AidTwo students studying on campus

If you’re planning to use federal financial aid to pay for college, submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1.

Kirkwood’s FAFSA school code is 004076.

✔ Check Out Scholarships

Kirkwood awards over $3 million to students every year! Apply now to be considered for awards for students coming straight from high school like Leaders for Tomorrow and Presidential scholarships.

✔ Sign Up for OrientationOrientation ambassador talking to perspective students

New student orientation helps you transition to college. Orientation is required for all new students. You’ll meet your advisor and enroll in your first semester courses. Explore student services, activities, and resources, and make new friends!

✔ Arrange Housing

Kirkwood works with area apartment complexes located within walking distance to campus. Kirkwood’s Housing department can help pair you with a roommate. Explore available apartments or call Housing at 319-398-7647.

✔ Buy Your BooksTwo Kirkwood Students looking at books at the Bookstore.

Once you’re registered for classes, stop by the Kirkwood Bookstore to get the materials you need to succeed.



Admissions Office

Phone: 319-398-5517 or 800-363-2220


On campus: 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall

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