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Kirkwood Community College


Kirkwood Community College is a liberal arts junior college. The school has nine locations in seven counties in Iowa: Benton, Linn, Jones, Iowa, Johnson, Cedar, and Washington. However, the school’s main campus is situated Cedar Rapids. Kirkwood is named after Iowa’s governor during the Civil War, Samuel J. Kirkwood. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Approximately 26,500 students attend Kirkwood Community College.

Educational Programs

Kirkwood has approximately 130 vocational and technical training, two-year transfer, and continuing education programs. Many of these programs terminate in an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree. Here are some of the subjects you can study at Kirkwood Community College:

Career Programs

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Carpentry
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Dental Assisting
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Transcription
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Web Technologies

Associate of Arts

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

Associate of Science

  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics
  • Veterinary Medicine

It can be challenging earning a degree when you work full time or have a family to take care of. Kirkwood has a distance-learning program to help students earn a college degree in their spare time. Students can take classes online or through an interactive instructional television system. Degrees that can be earned over the Internet include an A.A.S. in Business Administration, Management, and Water Environmental Technology.

Students have the opportunity to broaden their horizons through Kirkwood’s study abroad program. The school offers opportunities to study in different countries such as Australia, Brazil, Italy, Canada, and Singapore. Some educational courses last a few weeks while others last a whole semester. The programs are lead by faculty members, so students earn college credit for the experience.

Kirkwood also has a number of high school programs that allow students to earn college credit while in high school or complete their graduation requirements from home. Adults that didn’t finish high school for one reason or another can get their GED diploma through the GED Completion program.


Kirkwood Community College has an open-door policy and will admit anyone that applies. A high school degree is not required. This only applies to general admission, however. Some programs offered by the school have prerequisites that must be complete before you will be accepted.

All students are required to take placement exams. The scores obtained from these tests will be used to place you in the courses that match your level of education. Students whose first language is not English must take the Compass English Language Acquisition (ELA) test to determine if their English proficiency is good enough to support their educational goals.

Kirkwood accepts international students. In addition to demonstrating English proficiency, international students must submit transcripts from all schools attended, health records, and evidence of having the financial resources to pay for college.


Tuition is charged based on the status of the student’s residency. The school defines residency as being in the state for 90 consecutive days prior to the first day of enrollment. Kirkwood also considers the reason why a student is in Iowa. If the sole purpose of being in the state is to go to school, the student will be classified as a non-resident and charged accordingly.

  • Tuition (residents): $128 per credit
  • Tuition (non-residents): $153 per credit
  • Tuition (international students): $256 per credit
  • Distance learning: $128 per credit regardless of residency
  • Books: $400 per semester

Campus Life

There is no on-campus housing at Kirkwood, but privately-owned facilities are within walking distance of the school. Despite this, there are numerous opportunities for students to interact with each other and be active at the college. Kirkwood organizes over 75 free events per year for students. Sports fans can enjoy watching or participating in basketball, softball, baseball, golf, volleyball, or cheerleading. There are also over 80 student clubs and organizations including:

  • Student Leadership Council
  • Active Minds
  • Campus Ministry International
  • Eagle’s Nest
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Physical Therapy Assistants Club
  • Diesel Power Club
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Veteran’s Club

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