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To be admitted to Iowa Lakes Community College:

  1. Submit a completed Iowa Lakes application form.
  2. Submit a high school transcript or GED certification to Iowa Lakes’ admissions office.
  3. If you have attended any other college, have that college send an official transcript directly to Iowa lakes. (See address below.)
  4. It is recommended that you participate in the American College Test (ACT) and submit your test scores to Iowa Lakes; however, this test is not required for admission.
  5. Career, Vocational or Technical Programs: It is highly recommended that you visit the campus and speak with the program advisor before enrolling. 
  6. Nursing applicants must sign up for an advising session by calling 712-852-5212. 
  7. Some programs may require medical examinations and/or assessments before admission is granted. Once your application is received, the admissions department will notify you if further action is needed. 
  8. Continuing Education: Application for admission is not required for continuing education courses. They are open to all, regardless of previous education. Call 800-252-5664 or 712-362-7973 to register. 
  9. Home schooled students: Provide final high school diploma, GED certification, and/or college transcripts.  Also provide ACT test scores, if available. 
  10. International students: See international student page for admission requirements. 


If you are returning to Iowa Lakes after an absence of more than one term, please apply for readmission. You will also be required to fulfill the current graduation requirements.


If you are transferring from another college, please submit official transcripts directly from each college whether or not you earned credit there. You will also have to complete all the normal admission requirements.

Send college transcripts to:
Records Office
Iowa Lakes Community College
300 South 18th Street
Estherville, IA 51334

Contact Admissions:

Emmetsburg:  800-346-6018
Estherville:  800-521-5054
Algona:  877-807-9583
Spencer:  877-807-9585
Spirit Lake:  877-807-9584

Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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