Kirkwood Community College

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $15,000—$20,000 Year

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Engineering, University Transfer

  • Setting

    City, Small/College town

  • Accreditation and Certification

    AACC Schools, HLC

  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment

  • Social Media

With global vision and innovative curriculum, Kirkwood is redefining the role of the community college. Kirkwood’s motto is “Start Here. Go Anywhere!” and this is the true definition of education at Kirkwood. What are your educational goals? Where do you want to go? Kirkwood works tirelessly to ensure students’ coursework transfers to universities nationwide. Students get their first two years of college in a supportive, affordable atmosphere that builds skills, while giving their minds a healthy challenge to prepare them for the next steps in life.

Everyone at Kirkwood Community College is pleased that you are considering us for your next level of educational achievement. Every new student is another new opportunity for us to serve present needs and future dreams. Your needs and plans are vital to what we all can do together.


Kirkwood’s campus is located on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It sits on 680 acres, has 27 buildings, or the equivalent of 1.1 million square feet of interior learning space, a 400-acre fully functioning farm, an equestrian center, a conference center, a five-acre athletic complex, a hotel under construction and much more.


Kirkwood has more than 120 areas of study, an award-winning English Language Acquisition program, world-class instructors and a variety of activities to keep students involved. Our most popular programs include:

  • Liberal Arts
  • Business Administration
  • Human Services
  • Nursing
  • Law Enforcement
  • Pre-Business Transfer
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Accounting
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood Development

Tuition and Finances

Kirkwood offers one of the most affordable quality educations in the United States. Kirkwood believes in an education that’s exceptional, accessible and affordable. For this reason, it offers the lowest tuition at any community college in Iowa at only $360 per credit hour for international students. Kirkwood also offers scholarship programs to international students, including a $1000 scholarship for new international students.

Our Students

Kirkwood enrolls more than 20,000 students annually in credit classes. Here are some details about the student population:

  • 55% female/44% male
  • 300 international students come from more than 50 countries.
  • Students come from all 99 Iowa counties, and from more than 40 U.S. states.
  • 26 students - average credit class size.

Student Life

Kirkwood is committed to international education and the ideals of promoting educational exchange. We offer more than 13 different Study Abroad programs each year where students can spend 2-4 weeks studying in another country. Our International Programs Office is fully staffed to service the needs of our international student population as well as all Kirkwood students who would like to enjoy an international experience as part of their education.

Kirkwood’s Student Life department facilitates the activities of more than 60 student clubs and organizations including a multicultural club and UN club. There are 393 students in the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. One of the newest buildings on our campus could also be one of the most impressive. Our 43,500-square-foot Recreation Center caters to healthy, fun choices in exercise and relaxation. For most of the year, the center is open seven days a week with hours that match the busy schedules of Kirkwood students. Three athletic courts, the weight room, a fitness area with dozens of modern exercise machines, and an aerobics/multi-purpose room offer the most popular ways for students and staff to stay fit and healthy. There’s a TV lounge area, pool table and other fun things to do in the lobby. Best of all, using the Recreation Center is FREE to students, faculty, and staff—another benefit of being a part of the Kirkwood Community!


Kirkwood offers many affordable private living options within walking distance to campus, including the new International Cultural Center, a unique housing option created especially for Kirkwood’s international students. Designed and furnished with our international students in mind, the ICC provides a special place for international students to live and learn among both international and American students. Besides the ICC, there are several other private apartments nearby.

People who Care

Iowans are known for their sincerity and compassion for people. You will find that Iowa is a beautiful state to get to know people and to create your own educational foundation. The faculty, staff, and students at Kirkwood share in an environment that fosters the development of lasting relationships. This is helped by our small class size and numerous student life activities. Nestled in America's heartland, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a population of nearly 125,000, is a friendly, active community that unites rural values with urban culture to create an atmosphere all its own.

Kirkwood Community College

6301 Kirkwood Blvd – Linn Hall 1154
Cedar Rapids IA 52404
P: 319.398.5579

1816 Lower Muscatine Rd
Iowa City IA 52240
P: 319-398-5579
For more information: Kirkwood Community College