Apply for a Program/Major

Step 1 Choose a Program

What are your future career goals? Explore Hawkeye's programs and work with our Career Services Center to find the program that's right for you.

Not interested in enrolling in a program, but would like to take classes to transfer to another college or university? Register as a guest student.

 Step 2 Complete an Online Application

New Student Admissions Application

If you are not currently accepted into a program/major and are not a current Hawkeye student, complete the Admissions Application.

Change Your Program/Major Application

If you've been accepted or are currently enrolled at Hawkeye, complete the Change Your Program of Study Application to switch your program/major.

Readmission to Hawkeye

If you attended Hawkeye, but took a semester or longer off (excluding summer), you must complete the Admissions Application.

International Students Admissions Application

Learn more about the international student admissions process and complete the International Student Admissions Application.

Step 3 Demonstrate College Readiness

All students must demonstrate they are ready for college prior to enrollment. There are several options for you to do this.

Option 1: Cumulative High School GPA

Send your high school transcript or high school equivalency diploma to the Admissions office.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher is the equivalent of a score of 19 on the ACT. No further testing or developmental courses will be required to enroll in credit coursework.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.01 – 2.79 will need to take the ACCUPLACER assessment or complete developmental coursework before enrolling in credit coursework.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or lower will need to take the ACCUPLACER assessment for placement before enrolling in credit coursework.

Option 2: Assessment Scores

Register for the ACCUPLACER assessment or request to have your assessment scores in reading, math, and writing sent to the Admissions office. If you have applied before you will not need to resend your assessment scores.

Assessment scores will be used to place you in coursework at Hawkeye. To find out placement based on your assessment scores, review the Assessment Scores and Course Equivalencies.

Some programs require specific assessment score requirements. Review your program admission requirements.

Accepted Assessments

If English is not your first language and you want to improve your academic reading, writing and listening in English skills, you should take the free English for Academic Purposes test in addition to the ACCUPLACER assessment.

Option 3: Previous College Credit

College readiness may be demonstrated based on previous college coursework in reading, math, and writing. Send your official college transcripts to the Admissions office for evaluation.

Step 4 Complete Program Admission Requirements

Your program/major may have additional admission requirements or prerequisites that you will need to complete for acceptance into the program. Review your program's admissions requirements.

Step 5 Send Official Transcripts to Admissions

Request to have your official transcripts sent to the Admissions office. Transcripts (high school, college, and GED/HiSET scores) are considered official only when sent from institute to institute or from an approved, secure third-party agency. (i.e National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment). Transcripts hand delivered, even if in a sealed envelope, will be considered unofficial.

Please send the following official transcripts:

  1. Official high school transcripts showing graduation and/or GED or HiSET scores. You must be a high school graduate or equivalent to enroll in a program/major. View our High School Diploma Verification Process.

  2. If you have taken college-level classes and would like to receive possible credit, you will need to have your previous college(s) send an official college transcript.

  3. Military transcripts. See military branch transcript request websites.

Official high school and college transcripts received since 2008 should already be on file with the college. Contact Admissions if you have questions about previously submitted transcripts and assessment scores.

Step 6 Watch Your Mail for Your Program Admittance Letter

We will mail you a letter of program admittance once you have completed the steps above. Please allow one to two weeks for processing.

You will also receive information about your My Hawkeye account and your Hawkeye email.

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Contact Information


Hawkeye Center 114
319-209-9239 (text)
319-296-1651 (fax)
Email Admissions

Regular Hours

Mon–Friday 8:00am–4:30pm

Evening Hours *

Tuesday and Wednesday 4:30–6:00pm

* Appointments encouraged.

Mailing Address

Hawkeye Community College
1501 East Orange Road
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015

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