Kirkwood Community College

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Kirkwood Community College
Aerial view of Kirkwood campus
TypeCommunity college
Established1966 (1966)
PresidentLori Sundberg
United States

41°54′40″N 91°39′6″W / 41.91111°N 91.65167°W / 41.91111; -91.65167Coordinates: 41°54′40″N 91°39′6″W / 41.91111°N 91.65167°W / 41.91111; -91.65167
Nielsen Hall on Main Campus in Cedar Rapids

Kirkwood Community College is a public community college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kirkwood has a secondary campus in Iowa City, and several additional regional and county centers located in Belle Plaine, Coralville, Hiawatha, Monticello, Tipton, Vinton, Washington and Williamsburg.[1]


Area Ten Community College opened in several locations in Cedar Rapids in 1966, serving an enrollment of 199 students. In 1969, the college officially changed its name to Kirkwood Community College, after Samuel J. Kirkwood, an early abolitionist and Iowa's American Civil War Governor.[2]

In 2016, Kirkwood reported a student enrollment of 19,902, and an average class size of 21 students. Two years later, the college named Dr. Lori Sundberg as the school's fifth president and the first woman to hold the position.


Kirkwood Community College is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education's Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).[3] Kirkwood offers over 120 different degrees, diplomas, and certifications, and serves students from 100 different countries.[4]


The Kirkwood Eagle's athletic programs[5] consist of men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, and men's golf. The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), competing in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC). Kirkwood's colors are blue and white, and its mascot is an eagle named "Sammy".


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