Schedule a Campus Visit
During a campus visit to Iowa Western, you will tour the campus and its facilities, talk to students and instructors, and learn more about our programs.
Complete an Application for Admission
Our Application for Admission is available online. There is no application fee to pay. We encourage you to take a few minutes to fill in the requested information, and then submit your application.
You need to have a final, official high school transcript or GED transcript sent to Iowa Western. In addition, if you have taken any college credit courses at another institution, you need to contact each of those institutions and request your transcripts be sent directly to the Iowa Western Office of Admissions. If you have completed more than 30 semester hours at a regionally accredited college or university, the high school transcript requirement may be waived.
Take the Placement Test
You need to complete a free skills assessment test called COMPASS. If you have taken the ACT recently, you can submit those scores in lieu of taking the COMPASS test. Please note that scores cannot be more than two years old at the start of the term for which you are accepted. If you have completed more than 30 semester hours at a regionally accredited college or university, the placement test score requirement may be waived for admission purposes; however, the placement test score requirement cannot be waived if your intended program requires minimum scores for admission.
Complete Program-Specific Admissions Requirements
Some programs at Iowa Western require additional information for acceptance. You will be notified if we require any additional information. To view a list of programs that require additional information, go to iwcc.edu/admissions.
Apply for Financial Aid
If you haven’t filled out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you need to do so as soon as possible. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and must be completed in order to determine your eligibility for grants (money you don’t need to pay back) and loans (money you borrow). You will need to know Iowa Western’s school code, which is 004598.
Apply for Housing
If you plan to live in campus housing, you need to fill out a Housing Application, which is available online at iwcc.edu. You may choose from three great options: Reiver Tower, Reiver Village or Reiver Suites.
Register for classes
Once you complete the Application for Admission and take the placement test, you will be ready to register for classes. Be sure to register early to ensure you get the class times you want and that you have plenty of time to arrange for payment, books and housing. For your convenience, we offer several options for getting registered for classes, including appointments, walk-ins, and small group registration events, as well as online registration help.