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Hawkeye Community College

Hawkeye Community College is a two-year school in Iowa. Though there are six locations, the school’s main campus is located in Waterloo. Hawkeye was founded in 1966 as the Hawkeye Institute of Technology and was established to replace the Waterloo Area Vocational School. About 25 years later, the school added science and liberal arts courses and changed its name to Hawkeye Community College. The school is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and approximately 6,200 students attend classes there.

Hawkeye Community College Degree Programs

There are over 45 one- and two-year programs at Hawkeye Community College. The certificates and degrees available at the school are designed to get students into the workplace quickly or transfer to the 4-year institutions of their choice. Here is a sample of the programs available at Hawkeye Community College:

Liberal Arts and Transfer Programs

  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts or Science in Liberal Arts

Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Agriculture Business Management
  • Animal Science
  • Horticulture Science
  • Natural Resources Management


  • Graphic Communications
  • Interior Design
  • Professional Photography

Adult Programs

  • CNC Operator
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Truck Driving and Transportation Training
  • Welding


  • Accounting
  • Executive Assistant
  • Human Resource Management
  • Medical Administrative Assistant


  • Nursing (associate degree)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant

Industrial and Engineering Technology

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Automation Technology

Information Technology

  • Information Systems Management
  • Network Administration and Engineering

Power Technology

  • Agricultural Power Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Diesel Truck Technology

In addition to onsite classes, Hawkeye has a distance learning program that allows students to complete their degrees online. This lets students study when it is convenient for them or fast track the completion of their degrees. To take advantage of this program, you must have access to the Internet, an email account, and enough self-discipline to complete your coursework in a timely manner.


Like most other community colleges, Hawkeye has an open door admissions policy. They will accept all students who have earned a high school diploma from an accredited school or a GED. Students currently enrolled in high school are also eligible to take classes at the college if they have approval from Hawkeye and their high school’s administrators.

Individual educational programs may have additional admissions requirements. It is best to contact the college directly or visit their website to obtain more information about admission criteria for the course of study that interests you.

Applicants must submit ACE scores (minimum score 19) or sit for the Compass test. The test scores are used to place students in courses that match their skill levels. International students need to take the TOEFL test and pass it with a minimum score of 500 (paper based) or 173 (computer based).

Hawkeye Community College Tuition Costs

The cost of tuition at Hawkeye is based on residency. To determine your residency status, the college considers the length of time you have lived in the state and your reason for being in Iowa. If you primary reason for being in the state is to go to school, you will be classified at a non-resident. Students under 18 will be classified according to the residency status of their parents unless they can provide documentation proving emancipation.

Tuition and fees for the 2012 to 2013 school year are:

  • Tuition (resident): $137 per credit
  • Tuition (non-resident): $162 per credit
  • Computer fee: $4 per credit
  • Student activity fee: $2 per credit
  • Books and supplies: $1,168 per year

Students can apply for financial aid by submitting the FAFSA form. There are also grants and scholarships available to help defray the cost of a college education.

Campus Life

There is no on-campus housing at this college. However, there are two apartment complexes close by that are specifically designed to accommodate students: Hawkeye Towers and Hawkeye Village. Hawkeye Towers has four bedrooms, two bathroom apartments that come with free cable and Internet service. Hawkeye Village has one, two, and three bedroom apartments and features free heat and water.

For students, the school has club and intramural sports such as cross country, soccer, flag football, volleyball, and basketball. There are also a number of special interest student clubs and organizations including Chorus Club, Drama Club, and Multicultural Student Organization.


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