Next Steps Checklist

Two students meeting with an Admissions advisorGet on the right track! Once you're accepted to Kirkwood, there are still a few steps you'll need to take to get fully registered and ready to start attending your classes.

If you have any questions about the process or how to finish up one of the checklist items, contact an advisor to get the answers you need. 

Meet the Admissions Team

Take the Next Steps

Your next step is to fulfill the reading, writing, and math placement process. You can do that in one of the following ways:

  • Submit qualifying ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer scores
  • Provide qualifying high school grade point average (GPA) - Fulfills reading and writing placement only
  • Take a free ALEKS math placement test online through Kirkwood
  • Provide qualifying college transcripts

Based on your placement results, high school GPA, or prior college credit, you’ll be able to register for reading, writing, and math courses that are right for you.

Learn More

All new Kirkwood students must complete orientation. During orientation, you'll:

  • Get connected to resources and services
  • Meet current students
  • Focus on what it takes to be successful as a new college student
  • Access academic advising and register for classes
  • Discover opportunities to make connections as a new student at Kirkwood

Note: as a result of the impact of COVID-19, orientations will be held online.

Before completing orientation, you’ll need to set up your Kirkwood account. You’ll need your k-number (provided in your welcome letter) to get started. You will also receive an invitation to orientation via email. 

About Orientation

Depending on the academic major/program you applied for, you may need to attend a program conference.

During a program conference, you’ll learn everything you need to know about your program's entrance requirements as well as what to expect! You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions of program faculty and staff.

To begin your application for student financial aid, you'll need to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Kirkwood’s school code is 004076. Once you’ve submitted your FAFSA, keep an eye on your student email for updates on your financial aid offer.

Note: to access your student email, you’ll need to have set up your Kirkwood account.

Kirkwood awards over $3 million in scholarships each year! Do you qualify? 

The first application deadline is March 15 and the second application deadline is July 15.

Kirkwood doesn't own housing, but partners with area apartment complexes. Most partner complexes are within walking distance of campus and many include options from one to four bedrooms. Whether you’re planning to live with a friend or need to be matched with a roommate, we can help you find the perfect living situation for your needs. Explore housing options, including video tours of each complex.