Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
(319) 398-5411
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Kirkwood Community College is a two-year, public institution in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kirkwood Community College was established in 1966 after a group of public colleges was proposed by Iowa Governor Harold Hughes in 1965. Kirkwood offers more than 120 programs, 13 study abroad locations, and more than 80 student organizations. Kirkwood Community College also features a farrow-to-feeder swine complex, a 300-head beef complex, and eastern Iowa’s only jazz radio system. Kirkwood serves 17,625 students and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 28 to 1.

Programs Offered

Kirkwood Community College offers career programs in several areas, including: accounting, advanced manufacturing engineering technology, agricultural geospatial technology, baking and pastry arts, biotechnology, carpentry, construction management, culinary arts, dental assisting, dental technology, diagnostic assistant, masonry construction, medical transcription, pet grooming/pet shop management, web technologies, and welding. Certificate programs are available in biotechnology, combination welding, entrepreneurship, fire science, Java programming, network security, sales, and several other areas. Kirkwood offers liberal arts transfer programs in areas including art, business, computer science, criminal justice, economics, English, human services, music, paralegal, philosophy, physical education, political science, and sociology. Online degree programs are available at the associate degree level in liberal arts, management, and water environment technology.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Kirkwood Community College since 1970.


Kirkwood Community College requires prospective students to submit an application and select one program or area of emphasis. Prospective students will then create an email account and may schedule a campus visit. Prospective students may take a placement exam through Kirkwood or submit ACT scores for placement. After placement and admissions acceptance, new students meet with an advisor before registering for classes. Kirkwood accepts students on a rolling deadline.


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