Arriving to Campus
Follow these notes on arrival information to help make your trip to Indian Hills the smoothest possible.
Options for your arrival to campus:
Booking an Amtrak train to Ottumwa, Iowa
If you choose to book a seat on an Amtrak train, the station in Ottumwa is conveniently located just a few miles from campus. Students can choose to fly into Chicago, then hop on an Amtrak train there (please note that Amtrak departs from Union Station in downtown Chicago). Before booking flights into Chicago, please visit www.amtrak.com for timetables, station information, and to purchase tickets. Be sure to allow ample time between your flight arrival in Chicago and your train departure to Ottumwa. If you choose to book a seat on Amtrak, plan to arrive on our scheduled Pickup Dates for your anticipated start term (see Important Dates). An Indian Hills Community College representative will meet you at the Ottumwa train station, as long as you notify us according to the information below.
Booking a flight to Des Moines International Airport
If you choose to book a flight to Iowa, please make flight arrangements so that your final destination is Des Moines International Airport in Des Moines, Iowa (Airport Code: DSM). The International Affairs Office does not provide pickups at any other airport. Plan to arrive on our scheduled Pickup Dates for your anticipated start term (see Important Dates). An Indian Hills Community College representative will meet you at the airport, as long as you notify us according to the information below.
Once you have booked your train/flight, email your itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to include your date and time of arrival, the airline, and your flight number (if flying). Even if you plan to arrive without our transportation assistance to campus, we still need to know when you will be arriving. If this is the case, when you email us to report your arrival date and time, please be sure to alert us that you will not need transportation assistance.
Airport/Train Station Pickup
Arrangements for pickup will only be available during the date(s) listed among the Important Dates, so please be sure to schedule your flight/train accordingly. An Indian Hills Community College representative will meet you at the Des Moines International Airport in the baggage claim area (for flight arrivals), or the waiting area at the Ottumwa Train/Bus Station (for train/bus arrivals), holding an Indian Hills Community College sign. If you arrive after 8:00 p.m., you will need to make arrangements to stay the night in a hotel or take a taxi to campus. Pickup is ONLY available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
To report delays, flight/train changes, and other information during your trip:
During regular office hours (Monday–Thursday 7:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Central Time):
Please call the International Affairs Office toll–free at (800) 726-2585, ext. 5755 or ext. 5266.
International Affairs Office
Indian Hills Community College
Phone: +1 (641) 683-5755 | (800) 726-2585, ext. 5755