Orientation FAQ

Orientation is the exciting next step in your Kirkwood journey! This is where you’ll sign up for classes, and learn everything you need to succeed and smoothly transition to college.

Remember: Orientation is mandatory because knowing where to go and what to do when you need help means you're more likely to succeed in your first year as a college student and beyond.

Orientation reservations for Fall 2020 courses starting on Aug. 31 have closed. Please contact your academic department for information and enrollment steps for September/October Start Courses.

Spring 2021 orientation registration opens in October. Read on to get all the details on what to expect.

Orientation Checklist

Registration & Eligibility FAQs

You may be able to choose when you make your reservation to attend an orientation session.

Admitted students are emailed orientation invitations, then have the opportunity to sign up for an orientation session online. Session size is limited and reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll be notified of your session assignment via email immediately after completing your reservation online.

As a result of the impact of COVID-19, orientation will be offered online. 
What this means: 

  • You’ll receive an email that will provide instruction on how to access your online orientation.
  • Once you've completed online orientation, you’ll hear from your advisor who will help you register for courses.

Yes. You must fulfill the placement process in order to register for classes. Get more information about how to fulfill the placement process here.

If you submitted ACT or SAT scores, verify that your scores were received. Log in to MyHub and click "Tests" to view test scores on file at Kirkwood. If you have not submitted your scores, you should contact ACT or the College Board directly and have your scores sent to the One Stop office. 

Math scores are valid for two years. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years.

Yes. New students enrolling at Kirkwood directly from high school are required to complete orientation even if they earned college credit while in high school. Orientation is important to your success as a student and provides you with a comprehensive introduction to Kirkwood. In addition to assistance with advising and registration, you'll be introduced to campus resources and student activities.

Your advisor will contact you around 3 to 5 days after you've completed orientation. Make sure to check your Kirkwood student email daily. That's the primary way we'll be communicating with you.

General FAQs

Yes! Please encourage them to find information about supporting you as a new student here.

Orientation is the start of your college experience and the relationship with your advisor. It is best experienced between you and your advisor. You can discuss your class schedule with parents or family members before or after advising, but the advising experience should just be you and your advisor.

Post-orientation webinars are available to provide further info about how to get involved and be successful as a new student. Keep an eye on MyHub and your student email for details. 

If you believe you have a special circumstance that would prevent you from completing orientation, you should contact your department or program to discuss options for registering for classes. You can find their contact information in the MyHub Directory.

If you do not have access to a reliable Internet connection, please contact the Dean of Students office to request alternate accomodations.

Shristi Thapa

“I started at another school and found it wasn’t right for me. I transferred to Kirkwood and discovered it’s the perfect place for me. I can already see how coming here will help me transition to a 4-year college.”

Shristi Thapa,
Iowa City, Iowa


Dean of Students Office

Phone: 319-398-4906
Email: orientation@kirkwood.edu
On campus: 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall