Next Steps Checklist

Two students meeting with an Admissions advisor

You’re on the right track! Once you’ve applied to Kirkwood, there are still a few steps you’ll need to take to get fully registered and ready to start attending your classes.

After You Apply

One to two hours after you submit your application, you’ll receive an email letting you know your welcome letter is ready.

Using the username and password provided in the email you receive, you’ll log in to your application account. From there, you’ll be able to download your welcome letter and verify your application status.

In your welcome letter you’ll find your k-number (your official Kirkwood ID number). You can learn more about your k-number here. Getting your k-number allows you to complete your next steps below, which are also included on the second page of your welcome letter.

As a first-time student, you’ll need to set up your Kirkwood account to access your student email, MyHub, Talon, and more. Once you’ve got your k-number, set up your account here.

Start Your Kirkwood Journey With Orientation

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


To be able to register for orientation, you’ll need to have your Kirkwood account set up (see #4 in the After Your Apply section above). When orientation opens, you will receive an invitation via email. 

About Orientation

Before You Attend Orientation

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

• For math, take a free ALEKS math placement assessment online on MyHub (see more info below) 
  ◦ OR submit qualifying ACT/SAT test score
  ◦ OR provide qualifying college transcripts

 For reading and writing, provide qualifying high school GPA 

  ◦ OR submit qualifying ACT/SAT test score
  ◦ OR provide qualifying college transcripts

Note: The Accuplacer placement test has been waived for this academic year.


Information about ALEKS
The ALEKS math placement assessment is now online and available through MyHub. The ALEKS is a required math assessment used to map a student’s strengths and weaknesses and determine the most appropriate courses for each student. Note: the ALEKS assessment must be taken through Kirkwood.


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.

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 we partner 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.

You may need to attend a program conference, depending on the major/program you’ve applied for. Find out here if one is required for your program.

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

Haven’t applied yet?

Get started by completing your free application online!


If you have any questions, contact the Admissions office:

Phone: 319-398-7600 

On campus: 3rd Floor Iowa Hall

Email Admissions