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3301 N Mulford Rd
Rockford, IL 61114-5699
p. 815-921-7821
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Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College Rating: 4.3/5 (6 votes)

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With locations throughout the Rockford, Illinois Area, Rock Valley College offers a variety of courses and degree programs. The central campus of this public community college is situated on 217 acres in the northeastern part of the city, yet the college also maintains facilities at the Bell School Road Center, the Aviation Center at the Chicago Rockford International Airport, and the Stenstrom Center for Career Education. In addition to the degree programs it offers, Rock Valley College also offers a vast array of continuing education courses and employment and training programs.

The history of Rock Valley College dates back to 1964. During that year a district referendum was passed in response to the completion of a two-year study which established the need for a community college in Rockford. The school was officially opened in 1965, and today it has grown to have a faculty of 140 full-time members 500 part-time lecturers. More than 7,500 students also matriculate at Rock Valley College today. The college’s district includes the counties of Winnebago and Boone, as well as parts of the counties of Ogle, McHenry, DeKalb, and Stephenson.


Rock Valley College offers 28 Associate degree programs to its matriculates, among them the degrees of Associate in Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching –Secondary Mathematics, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering Science, Associate in General Studies, and Associate in Applied Science. In addition to the Associate degree programs offered at Rock Valley College, the school also provides students with the opportunity to enroll in various career education programs. These include programs specializing in accounting, computer and information technology, criminal justice, and business administration. Rock Valley College has 60 certificate programs and four apprenticeship programs.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Among the many unique programs and courses available at Rock Valley College, the Afternoon College Program is perhaps one of the most popular among the student body. Offering courses which will meet only at times after 12 pm on weekdays, this program provides the perfect scheduling solution for many non-traditional students as well as for students who may be working or pursuing other interests. Another unique program offered by Rock Valley College is that of Distance Learning. Through this convenient program students can enroll in a vast array of classes and complete them without ever setting foot on campus. Telecourses and online courses allow students to follow the lectures, readings, and assignments of the Rock Valley College Courses simply by logging into their computer at home or at the office.


Admissions decisions for potential matriculates at Rock Valley College are determined on a rolling basis. Thus while there is no preference given to applicants who apply earlier in the calendar year, it is advised that students submit their applications as soon as possible due to the limited number of available slots for any class. The Rock Valley College application is available online at the school’s website. While it is necessary to fill out and submit this application, there is no fee for doing so. Potential matriculates must also submit an official high school transcript or a GED completion certificate. These should be sent directly to the Records and Registration Office. The last main step in the application process for admissions to Rock Valley College is to complete a placement test at the school’s Testing Center. Appointments may be made by contacting the school directly. The test will evaluate students in the areas of math, English, and reading.

Financial Aid

Rock Valley College maintains a knowledgeable and professional staff, dedicated to helping students and potential students find the education-finance opportunities that will best suit their needs and lifestyles. Over the past decade, the college has worked to help simplify the usually complicated process of applying for financial aid through providing sessions with individual counselors, as well as providing free publications with descriptions and instructions. Rock Valley College has also sought to increase the accessibility of information for students by providing computers, along with personalized assistance services. The Rock Valley College Financial Aid Application is also available for free online at the school’s official website, along with instructions and information for contacting the financial aid office. On the website students will also find a link to the Financial Aid Handbook, as well as a description of the school’s Loan Code of Conduct.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6216th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Illinois.


The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intercollegiate Baseball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate and Men’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate Football
  • Men’s Intercollegiate Golf
  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer
  • Women’s Intercollegiate Softball
  • Women’s Intercollegiate Volleyball
The Eagles are a member of NJCAA.

Information Summary

Ranks 71st in Illinois and 2276th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 9 0.10

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,407 0.92
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 21 0.01
Forcible Rape 112 0.07
Robbery 566 0.37
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,890 1.23
Larceny 4,746 3.10
Vehicle theft 486 0.32

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Rockford, IL 61114-5699
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population15,557 (15,236 urban / 321 rural)
Households6,018 (2.51 people per house)
Median Household Income$67,605
Families4,381 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1716

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2655th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,610 $7,650 $14,220
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $314 $314 $314
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $87 $255 $474
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,124 $9,164 $15,734
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,914 $18,954 $25,524
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,414 $13,454 $20,024

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,804(N/C) $8,234(N/C) $14,994(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,600 $1,650
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,800(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,600(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 5 114 201 19 3 1,397 18 1,787
Accounting 1 3 11 15
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 4 9 1 10 25
Accounting and Computer Science
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 19 21
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 1 1
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 3 4 31 39
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 17 53 3 73
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 4 15 1 156 1 181
Business Administration and Management, General 4 2 19 25
Business/Commerce, General 1 1 2
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 1 1 2
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Child Care Provider/Assistant 3 8 11
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 4 3 1 41 1 50
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 18 19
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 3
Construction Management
Construction Trades, General 2 1 3
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 2 6 10
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 5 1 16 22
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 10 2 14
Electrician 2 1 12 15
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 22 24
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 4 5
Engineering, General 1 1 2
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 2 4 11 17
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 17 1 18
General Studies
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 10 11
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 2
Information Technology 1 8 9
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 29 67 7 1 515 5 635
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 1 13 16
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 7 9
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 13 13
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 1 30 51 8 1 227 4 330
Radio and Television 6 7
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 2 40 45
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 10 11
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 1 1
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 1 6 7
Social Work 8 12 20
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 2
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 5 7 12
Surgical Technology/Technologist 2 1 1 8 15
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Tool and Die Technology/Technician 1 8 9
Welding Technology/Welder 1 1 30 34

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1780th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,695 ($66,880 male / $60,542 female)
Number of FT Faculty 159 (73 male / 86 female)
Number of PT Faculty 442
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $7,211,586

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