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Visiting Student

If you are currently attending another institution and wish to enroll at Iowa Western for the sole purpose of transferring credits back to that school, you are considered a Visiting Student. Visiting students are non-degree seeking, and may enroll full or part-time, but are not eligible to receive financial aid. If you have taken courses at Iowa Western in a previous semester, you will need to re-apply for admission.  

Variety of Course Offerings

Iowa Western courses are offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online, and hybrid. We also offer courses in a variety of locations in Iowa, including Council Bluffs, Clarinda, Atlantic, Harlan, and Shenandoah.

Admissions Checklist

check Search for Classes

Before you apply to the college and register for classes, you will want to do some research. Start by using the Iowa Western course search to find the class(es) you want to enroll in. Once you find the course you need, be sure to get the course number and course title – you will need this when you Apply and Register. Here’s an example of an Iowa Western course number and title: ENG-105 English Comp I. Since you are planning to transfer the credits you earn back to your home institution, you will want to check with your school to verify that the course will transfer.

Search for Classes

check Check Prerequisites

Some Iowa Western courses have prerequisites. Using the course search feature you can verify whether or not a course has a prerequisite and what the specific prerequisite is. If the course you wish to enroll in has a prerequisite, be sure to gather the documentation you need to prove that you have completed it. Once you Apply and Register, we will contact you and ask you to provide that information.

check Apply and Register for Classes

Getting registered as a Visiting Student is easy. Simply complete the free online Application for Admission, and make sure to select “Visiting Student” on the first page. You will then be prompted to add the course number and title for each course you wish to register for. Submit your application, and wait to hear back from us. You can expect to hear from the Records and Registration office within three business days. Please note: Sometimes emails can be caught in Spam filters.  Please check to see if emails from Iowa Western are there before you call or email with questions.

Online Application

check Make Payment Arrangements

After you register for classes, we will send you a statement in the mail, and you will need to make payment arrangements. Visiting students are not eligible to receive financial aid. We understand that paying for classes can be a challenge. With low tuition rates and an interest free online payment plan available, we hope to make this easier for you. Of course, you can always pay in full; simply contact the Cashier to pay over the phone, or send us a check.


check Request a Transcript from Iowa Western

To transfer Iowa Western credits back to your primary college/university, click here to request your Iowa Western transcript.