Kirkwood Community College and ISU announce Admissions Partnership Program

AMES and CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Iowa State University and Kirkwood Community College have joined forces to make it more convenient for Kirkwood students who want to earn a bachelor's degree to transfer to Iowa State. Kirkwood President Mick Starcevich and ISU President Gregory Geoffroy announced the joint admission program at a news conference today at Kirkwood's Cedar Rapids campus.

Through the Admissions Partnership Program, Kirkwood students who plan to pursue bachelor's degrees at Iowa State will receive special benefits to help pave the way for academic success at both schools. Students accepted into the Admissions Partnership Program will receive the following benefits while still enrolled at Kirkwood:

  • Advising and guidance from Kirkwood and Iowa State
  • Receipt of transfer credit evaluation (each semester in the Admissions Partnership Program) and ISU degree audit
  • Student services
  • Career fairs and career services
  • Library facilities
  • Extracurricular activities and opportunities
  • Recreational facilities and programs
  • Athletic events and entertainment events at student prices
  • Exhibits and cultural events
  • Opportunities to live in ISU housing

This new relationship with Kirkwood expands Iowa State's outreach with the state's community college students. ISU piloted its Admissions Partnership Program with Des Moines Area Community College in 2006. This academic year, the university will continue to establish partnership agreements with all community colleges in Iowa.

"Our Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa's community colleges has been very successful in giving Iowa students more educational benefits and options, and we are delighted to expand this innovative program with the students, faculty and staff of Kirkwood Community College," said Iowa State University President Gregory L. Geoffroy. "Iowa's community colleges play an important role in educating Iowa students, and we look forward to welcoming many Kirkwood students into this program, and, in the future, as students at Iowa State."

"This agreement is a valuable new way for many of our students to make a four-year Iowa State degree a reality," commented Kirkwood President Mick Starcevich. "This makes an already good relationship even better by creating practical links and better communications throughout our students' college journeys. We want their studies in Ames to keep moving them forward from the solid foundations they build at Kirkwood. We applaud President Geoffroy and his team for working with us to make it real for thousands of students in the future."

Students who want to be a part of the Admissions Partnership Program must enroll at Kirkwood Community College as a degree-seeking student in a program appropriate for transfer. Following admission to Kirkwood, students will work with their Kirkwood advisers to complete and submit an Admissions Partnership Program application form. A student who is accepted into the program by Iowa State:

1. Meets with his or her Kirkwood adviser prior to registration as required;

2. Consults with an assigned ISU academic adviser to develop a transfer plan and to make any changes to that plan;

3. Follows a course of study at Kirkwood that will meet ISU entrance requirements and fulfill college and program requirements for his or her intended major;

4. Submits an ISU Undergraduate Application for Admission form and pays an application fee to ISU, one semester prior to transferring to Iowa State.

Additional information about the Admissions Partnership Program is available online at, through a Kirkwood adviser or through an ISU transfer admissions counselor (515-294-9334 or 800-262-3810). Applications are available now at Kirkwood.