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  1. Professors
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    B+
  5. Student Life
    A-
  6. Location
    B
Kirkwood is a public college located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,300 undergraduate students. The Kirkwood acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Licensed Practical Nurse Training (LPN), and Nursing. Graduating 36% of students, Kirkwood alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,500.
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Athletic Division
NJCAA Division II
Athletic Conference

Kirkwood Community College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$9,824/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,206/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
83%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.56 responses
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.61 responses
71%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.59 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
4
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
4
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    21%
  • On Campus
    66%
  • Online
    13%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,300Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
8,606
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
42%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 6 responses
  • Non traditional
    67%
  • Outgoing
    33%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
36%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%

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Kirkwood Community College Reviews

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I tried going to college immediately after high school (2008) but didn't know what I really wanted to do. After years of on-again, off-again classes, I was finally able to get my head in the game as an adult learner, and have only experienced success at this college. Planning on transferring to continue my education at a 4 year institution next year!
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Kirkwood has made being in college easy and fun. The professors are easy to work with and are very understanding. They're always happy to help and have long office hours, even with covid-19 still around. The campus is a perfect size to walk from class to class. The students are friendly and the campus is kept clean. They could have better food on campus, but there are nearby food restaurants around. It's a community college, so they don't have many spots for classes and highly competitive programs. The waiting list is quite long, especially for the nursing program. In all, I highly recommend Kirkwood as a college of choice.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Kirkwood Community College. I was able to move in and out at my own pace as I was also busy with both day job work and being a working musician that sometimes caused me to have to take a semester off here and there. Although I can't speak on any of the campus organizations and campus living since I was a commuter and never got involved in campus life while I was there, I can say the majority of professors I had and classes I took were very solid. The classes that left a lasting impact on me were the two film classes being U.S. Film History and Film Analysis with Phil Brown, World Poetry, and Environmental Science with Professor Ochs, which actually is the class that got me most interested in pursuing environmental/sustainability studies even further.