Admissions & Registration Steps

Admission to Kishwaukee College is based on an Open Door Policy.

Registering for classes at Kishwaukee College is easy. Just follow the below simple, step-by-step instructions.

Step 1 - Apply for Admissions

Submit the Student Information Form and official transcripts to the Admissions, Registration and Records Office (ARR). Student Information forms are available in the office,and as a.

Kishwaukee College has an open admissions policy, everyone is welcome! All new students, including dual credit and students who have been inactive for two years or more should complete the Student Information Form. Apply online! A downloadable PDF form is also available.

Please submit all official transcripts from high school, GED, military and/or any former colleges or universities to Admissions, Registration, & Records (ARR C2100), in order to complete the admission process. Visiting Students only need to submit transcripts if needed for prerequisite proof and Request for prerequisite evaluation form. Contact the ARR Office at 815-825-2086, ext. 2740.

Step 2 - Apply for Financial Aid

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA at Use the Kish code 007684 so that we receive the results. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, if possible, for increased accuracy. Use the 2014-15 FAFSA for spring and summer 2015, use the 2015-16 FAFSA for fall 2015, spring & summer 2016 (available after January 1, 2015). For additional financial aid information visit, and to learn more about Kishwaukee College Foundation Scholarship opportunities go to Contact the Financial Aid Office at 815-825-2086, ext. 2240.

Step 3 - Take Placement Tests (COMPASS)

Submit ACT scores to ARR (C2100), if applicable, and/or schedule COMPASS Placement testing, for English and Math placement, if no previous course work has been completed in those disciplines, through Counseling & Student Development at 815-825-2086, ext. 5070.

Step 4 - Attend New Student Orientation

Attend Orientation to learn more about Financial Aid, Student Engagement, Honors Program, Athletic Teams, and how to succeed in your Kishwaukee College courses. You will also receive a tour of campus and win FREE giveaways. Contact Counseling & Student Development at 815-825-2086, ext. 5070 to register for Orientation today!

Step 5 - Make Academic Counseling Appointment

All first-time, full-time students are required to meet with an advisor/counselor required to meet with a Counselor prior to registration. Make your appointment today with Counseling & Student Development at 815-825-2086, ext. 5070.

Step 6 - Register for Classes & Pay Tuition

Register online through myKC or in person in ARR (C2100). If you have any questions about registration, please contact ARR at ext. 2740. Payments can be made online through myKC, by mail, KIPP or in person in the Business Office (C2140). Payments must be received prior to the tuition due date. If you have any questions about payment, please contact the Business Office at 815-825-2086, ext. 3410. For more information about KIPP, contact the Business Office or go to

Congratulations! You are now a Kishwaukee College student!

What's next? Tips for Success at Kishwaukee College

  • Purchase books and supplies at the Kishwaukee College Bookstore. The Bookstore’s website provides a complete list of the new and used books available for courses.
  • Get your student ID card. Take your class schedule and another form of ID to the Library to get your student ID. This card doubles as your library card.
  • Meet with a counselor/advisor every semester to determine what courses you need to take.
  • Get involved! The Student Government Association (SGA) works with the Student Activities Office to offer fun events for the entire campus. SGA is a great way to get involved and meet other students, as are the more than 20 other student organizations Kishwaukee College offers.
  • Go to class!
  • Meet with a Counselor if you are planning to transfer to a university—the earlier, the better! Meeting with a Counselor will help you map out your educational plan and determine what courses will be able to get you into the program of your choice.
  • Ask for help! Professors, tutors, and student services professionals are all here to assist you!
  • Utilize the Learning Skills Center. Struggling in math? Need help writing a paper? Just need somewhere quiet to work? Stop into the Learning Skills Center, which offers free tutoring, the Writing Center, a computer lab, and quiet study rooms.

myKC: How the College Communicates

As a new student, you will need to set up your myKC portal in order to receive communications from the College. After your initial admissions letter, official communications you receive from the College are available through the portal. Within myKC, you can access KishSOS functions (registration, class schedule, grades, etc.) and your student e-mail account (, as well as teamsites for student organizations, campus alerts, and more.

With myKC, you can:

  • Confirm profile information
  • Locate Financial Aid information & award letter
  • Register for classes
  • View class schedule
  • Make payments
  • Enroll in KIPP
  • View grades
  • And more!

To set up your account, you will need your 7-digit student ID number (found on your admissions letter, this number starts with a zero). Click on the myKC logo on the Kishwaukee College homepage and follow the tutorial to activate your account.

Have you already activated your account, but can’t find your password? The College cannot retrieve your passcode; however, you can call the Help Desk at 815-825-2086, ext. 4357 (HELP) to reset your account.

Open Door Policy

Kishwaukee College has an open door policy, which means admission is open to all in-district residents of Community College District 523 who are high school graduates or the equivalent (GED) or non-graduates who will be 18 years or older during their first semester. Admission is also open to out-of-district, out-of-state, and foreign country residents. See the Kishwaukee College Catalog for additional restrictions and guidelines.

* Apply early for financial assistance to determine eligibility.

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