Rock Valley College


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.

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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.

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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
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