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Begin here and transfer anywhere

By Kelsey Wood
On February 10, 2014


Transferring from a two-year college like Kirkwood Community College to a university is a big step for most college students. 

Four year colleges like Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa, Mount Mercy University and Coe College have a high number of transfer students from Kirkwood according to Laura Riley, coordinator of the Advising and Transfer Center at Kirkwood.  

Students may not know where to start or who to talk to about it but they can rest assured; they are not alone in this process. 

Riley, who has been at Kirkwood for about 14 years, and said when it comes to transferring within the state, any of the personnel in the Advising Center could advise students on what their next steps need to be in order to transfer. 

Transferring to a college  out of the state gets more difficult due to different requirements and deadlines for that school, she said. Students need to know what schools they are looking at so the advising team can assist them, she said. 

Riley stated if a student is completely unsure about what school to transfer to they should visit The site asks questions about what a student wants in a college and will find colleges based off that information. 

Once students have an idea of where they want to go after Kirkwood, she said they can stop into the Advising Center, which is located on the main campus in room 108 Iowa Hall. The Advising and Transfer Center at the Iowa City campus is right across from the bookstore. 

Riley recommended students should  save all their class syllabi and course descriptions with the title of the book that the Kirkwood class used, especially if transferring to an out-of-state school. If the college has specific coverage requirements for the course to meet, having the textbook and syllabus will give students quick access to see if they have met those requirements, she said.

As well as helping students transfer, the Advising Center can also assist with career counseling and helping students find a major. 

Kirkwood also offers introductory classes for students who have an interest in a specific major. 

If students have no idea what they want to major in then the Advising Center is there to help them, she said. "Come see us, it's why we're here," Riley added.

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