Looking ahead and planning for one’s future after Kirkwood Community College is crucial for students who desire to transfer.
On Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the College Transfer Fair was held on the second floor of Iowa Hall. More than 15 colleges and universities from all across the state were in attendance. Representatives from the admissions offices of the various colleges had tables set up waiting for students to gather and ask questions. Pamphlets, handouts, snacks and merchandise drew students in while asking for information regarding the universities and colleges.
Jennifer Timmons, associate director for Transfer Relations, said she offers advice to transfer students at Kirkwood. “My advice for transfer students is to explore different campuses and find the best fit for you.” Credits from Kirkwood directly transfer to each of the major three universities in Iowa. “We also have our articulation agreement where if you earn your Associate of Arts degree, all credits come as a package. We offer over 200 areas of study and programs on campus. In state tuition is just over 5,000 dollars per semester. We cap our tuition fee at 12 semester hours and if you’re taking more than that, you do not have to pay extra.”
She elaborated on how the University of Iowa gains many transfer students from Kirkwood each year. “The rate for transfer students is about 70 percent.” Timmons went on to explain there are more transfer students who attend the University of Iowa than the top three high schools in Iowa combined.
Second-year Marketing major Caitlin Montgomery said she attended the college transfer fair to learn more about where she wants to go after Kirkwood. “I wanted to learn more about the transfer process to the University of Iowa because I moved from Illinois to go to Kirkwood then the University.”
Liz is a second year Journalism and Mass Communications student who has been Creative Director and News Editor with the Communiqué. She also works at 88.3 KCCK as a Radio News Intern and the Corridor Business Journal as a Reporting Intern. After receiving her associate degree from Kirkwood, she will transfer to the University of Iowa with the 2+2 program. At Iowa, she will continue her journalism passions with the Daily Iowan newspaper and DITV. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, she plans to work as a Multimedia Journalist and Reporter/News Anchor for KCCI in Des Moines or another station in Iowa.