Kick Off Your Kirkwood Journey

During orientation, you'll work with academic advisors, current students, and staff to get ready to start attending Kirkwood.

Orientation is free—and it's mandatory to help set you up for success.

Orientation for Fall 2020 has ended. Registration for spring 2021 orientation begins in late October. For more information about your next steps to enrolling, visit our Next Steps Checklist

Orientation FAQs

Orientation Checklist

If you haven't already, set up your Kirkwood account. You'll need your Kirkwood identification number (k-number). Find your k-number on your acceptance letter—it will be a lowercase "k" followed by seven numbers. It will let you access to MyHub, Kirkwood’s student portal. 

What to have ready for orientation:

  • Photo ID (required to get your student ID)
  • Unofficial grade reports of any college classes taken prior to attending Kirkwood

To be placed in the right classes for you, you'll need to fulfill the reading, writing, and math placement process. Please do that in one of the following ways:

  • Submit qualifying ACT or SAT scores. Math scores are valid for two years. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years.
  • Provide qualifying high school grade point average (GPA). Fulfills reading and writing placement only.
  • Complete a free math placement testDue to COVID-19, the ALEKS math placement assessment is now online and available through MyHub. ALEKS is a required math assessment used to map a student’s strengths and weaknesses, and determine the most appropriate courses for each student. Note: the ALEKS assessment must be taken through Kirkwood.
  • Provide qualifying college transcripts. Completing college-level writing and math fulfills the placement process. 

If you have completed courses at another college or university, send official transcripts to Kirkwood's OneStop Office.

If you have completed college-level writing and math, you're exempt from the placement exam requirement.

Activate your MyHub account by logging in here using your k-number and the password you established when setting up your account. If you have trouble accessing MyHub, call the Kirkwood Student Help Desk at 319-398-7624 or toll-free at 1-800-634-6581.

Once your MyHub account is active, log in and:

  • Verify that you’ve been placed in the correct program: Click “Education,” then “My Programs” to check your program placement.
  • Review and update personal information: Click the user link at the top-right of MyHub. Click “My Account” to update your address, phone number, and preferred name.
  • Verify that your test scores were received: Click “Education,” then click “My Tests.” If you have not submitted your scores, contact ACT or Collegeboard directly to have your scores sent to OneStop Office.
  • Check your Kirkwood email: Your student email is the official method of communication between you and Kirkwood. Check your email often to get important campus and student information. You can access your Kirkwood email from the front page of MyHub.

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you’re applying for financial aid, you might need your:

  • FSA ID and password for yourself and parents
  • Tax and personal information, such as your driver’s license and social security card
  • Parent(s)’s tax and personal information, such as date of birth, social security number(s), marital status, etc.

After you've submitted your FAFSA, keep an eye on your student email for updates on your financial aid offer. You can check the status of your financial aid on MyHub by clicking on "My Profile" and "Billing and Payments."

We strongly encourage you to complete direct deposit information. Click “Account Summary,” then “My Bill,” and “Direct Deposit” under Refunds.

Mckenzie Feld

“I came from a small school and knew that transitioning to Kirkwood would offer me many opportunities in the classroom, as well as set me up for a successful future.”

Mckenzie Feld,
Robins, Iowa

What to Expect at Orientation

During orientation, you'll get the opportunity to:

  • Get connected to campus resources and services.
  • Learn from Kirkwood faculty members about academic expectations.
  • Meet and interact with current Kirkwood students and other new students.
  • Explore information about student involvement, financial aid, campus technology, community expectations, and other aspects of the social and academic environment at Kirkwood.
  • Access academic advising and register for classes.

Remember: Orientation is mandatory. Knowing where to go and what to do when you need help means you're more likely to succeed in college and beyond.


Dean of Students Office

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