Kirkwood Community College

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $10,000 — $15,000 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

Start Here. Go Anywhere!

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 city, 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. The Hotel at Kirkwood Center welcomes you with contemporary elegance, award-wining facilities and exceptional service and much more.


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

  • Liberal Arts
  • Hospitality Management
  • Business Administration
  • Human Services
  • Nursing
  • 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 $400 per credit hour for international students. Kirkwood also offers scholarship programs to international students, including a 50% tuition #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship and $1000 Global Citizen Scholarship for new international students.

Our Students

Kirkwood enrolls nearly 13,000 students annually in credit classes. Here are some details about the student population:

  • 53% female/47% male
  • 200 international students come from more than 50 countries.
  • Students come from all 99 Iowa counties, and from more than 40 U.S. states.
  • 21 students - average credit class size.

Student Life

Kirkwood is committed to international education and the ideals of promoting educational exchange. We offer more than 15 different Study Abroad programs each year where students can spend 2-4 weeks studying in another country. Our Global Learning department 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 50 student clubs and organizations including a multicultural club and opportunities for all students to network outside of the classroom. Our 43,500-square-foot Recreation Center caters to healthy, fun choices in exercise and relaxation. For most of the year, the recreation 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. Best of all, using the Recreation Center is FREE to students, faculty, and staff—another benefit of being a part of the Kirkwood Community! The brand new Student Center, located in Iowa Hall, is the core of Kirkwood's vibrant campus life providing a central place for students to gather, connect, and find community.


Kirkwood works with area apartments to offer students affordable, private living options within walking distance of the college. Options range from one to five bedroom apartments. Nearly 4,000 international and American students have a home away from home in the Kirkwood neighborhood. Kirkwood’s housing coordinator is available to help students find the place that fits their needs.

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 133,200, 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