Kirkwood Community College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 2068
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-2068
Tel: (319)398-5411
Free: 800-332-2055
Admissions: (319)398-5517
Fax: (319)398-1244
E-mail: [email protected]
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Iowa Department of Education Division of Community Colleges. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 630-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $4.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3350 per student. Total enrollment: 15,032. Full-time: 8,319 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 6,713 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 85 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 29% 25 or older, 9% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Iowa State University of Science and Technology, University of Northern Iowa, St. Ambrose University.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT, ACT COMPASS required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $88 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $2640 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $5280 full-time, $176 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 45 open to all. Major annual events: Homecoming, Fall Orientation, Graduation ceremonies. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. College housing not available. Library with 60,622 books, 40,377 microform titles, 565 serials, 3,677 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $609,049. 1,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Cedar Rapids/Marion is a dynamic community of 130,000, and Kirkwood students enjoy its many options for recreation, entertainment, and shopping. Located just five minutes north of the campus, downtown Cedar Rapids features Five Seasons Center, which holds an arena accommodating 8,000 persons for rock concerts, sports events, auto and ice shows, and more. Numerous restaurants, night spots, and movie theaters round out the entertainment scene. There are 62 parks for swimming, golfing, tennis, boating, and camping, and there is shopping in two large malls and the thriving downtown business districts of Cedar Rapids and Marion. Cultural activity centers around the Cedar Rapids Symphony, Art Museum, and Community Theater, as well as the area's four colleges. Religious activity is based in more than 125 congregations of all faiths. Apartment and condominium housing is available in all price ranges, and more new units are being built. Cedar Rapids/Marion is an attractive and stimulating place to live as well as learn. In addition to the Cedar Rapids campus, there are Kirkwood learning centers in each of the seven counties in the College's service area.

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