Getting Started

Four Easy Steps to Get Started! 

As an Adult Learner, your time is valuable, so we've made it as simple as 1-2-3 for you to apply for admission to Des Moines Area Community College.

  1. Apply online, or by mail or in person to:

    Admissions Office
    Des Moines Area Community College
    2006 South Ankeny Blvd., Building 1
    Ankeny, IA 50023

    There is no charge to apply for admission to DMACC!

    If you have previous college experience and want credit for it, submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.

  2. Complete the COMPASS test and ALEKS math placement assessment-to determine how well prepared you are for various levels of coursework-is only required for full-time students. (Please note: Certain part-time students may be required to complete an assessment.) Previous college credit may meet this requirement.

    To register for the FREE COMPASS test, call any DMACC Testing Center:

    Ankeny: 515-964-6595
    Boone: 515-433-5096
    Carroll: 712-792-1755
    Newton: 641-791-1724
    Urban/DM: 515-248-7218
    West DM: 515-633-2408

  3. Complete any program-specific requirements. If the DMACC program you want to pursue has specific requirements, you'll need to complete them to qualify for admission to that program.

Want to spend some time with us before deciding?

Stop by and look around any of DMACC's six campuses, or for a personal tour call the campus near you or complete our online tour request form.

The current DMACC Catalog is available online. You can also access the current Schedule of Courses.

Register for your classes online.

After you are accepted, you can sign up for classes at your nearby DMACC campus. We're here to assist you in that process. But you can also register online. It's fast, easy and you can register for classes anytime 24/7.

Contact us.

If you have any questions about applying to DMACC, choosing your program or registering for specific courses, you're invited to talk to an Advisor at the campus where you plan to attend classes. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you get started as an Adult Learner at DMACC.

Congratulations for taking the first steps . . . and Welcome to DMACC!