Orientation FAQs

Orientation is the exciting next step in your Kirkwood journey! This is where you’ll sign up for classes, and learn everything you need to succeed and smoothly transition to college.

Remember: Orientation is mandatory because knowing where to go and what to do when you need help means you're more likely to succeed in your first year as a college student and beyond.

Registration & Eligibility FAQs

You will be able to choose your session date and time when you make your orientation reservation.

Check your Kirkwood email for a confirmation immediately after completing your reservation online. Your orientation date and all session details will be available on MyHub.

Your orientation session will be held at the location where you'll be taking the majority of your classes. For most students, that's on main campus in Cedar Rapids. If you plan to enroll in classes at the Iowa City Campus, you should register to attend orientation there.

Yes. You must fulfill the placement process in order to register for classes. Get more information about how to fulfill the placement process here.

If you submitted ACT or SAT scores, verify that your scores were received. If you have not submitted your scores, you should contact ACT or the College Board directly and have your scores sent to the Enrollment office. 

Math scores are valid for two years. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years.

Completing college-level writing and math also fulfills the placement requirement. To show successful completion, please send college transcripts to the Enrollment office.

Yes. New students enrolling at Kirkwood directly from high school are required to complete orientation even if they earned college credit while in high school. Orientation is important to your success as a student and provides you with a comprehensive introduction to Kirkwood. In addition to assistance with advising and registration, you'll be introduced to campus resources and student activities.

You'll register at orientation! You'll meet with an advisor who will help you pick your classes that day.

General FAQs

Yes! Parent or guest attendance at orientation is encouraged but not required. Parents and guests participate in the informational sessions with you, then attend separate sessions while you are enrolling in classes. If parents or guests are unable to attend, please encourage them to find information about supporting you as a new student here.

Orientation is the start of your college experience and the relationship with your advisor. It is best experienced between you and your advisor. You can discuss your class schedule with parents or family members before or after advising, but the advising experience should just be you and your advisor.

No. Significant others, siblings and friends are discouraged from attending orientation with you. This will help you to better focus on the information you need to learn to be a successful student at Kirkwood. Friends and other guests who choose to attend orientation will participate in the parent/guest program while you participate in the student program.

Graduating high school, I wasn’t sure on what I wanted to major in and I figured since Kirkwood had smaller classes, more advisors and professors, they could help me along the way – and they did!

“Graduating high school, I wasn’t sure on what I wanted to major in and I figured since Kirkwood had smaller classes, more advisors and professors, they could help me along the way – and they did!”

Cassie Calkins,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Admissions Office

Phone: 319-398-7600

Email: admissions@kirkwood.edu

On campus: 3rd Floor Iowa Hall