See what students say:


“In high school we were fed information and expected to memorize it,” explains a freshman. “At Rockford College we discuss things that are important to us and the community and learn about it. The students are the teachers too.” The Rockford brand of collaborative learning reflects a liberal arts approach to education that students describe as “fun, exciting, [and] interesting.” Located along the northern fringe of Illinois, Rockford boasts a corps of professors who “will all know you by name and treat you like they have known you forever.” In fact, many of them “even go as far as to give out their cell phone numbers, home phone numbers, and personal e-mail addresses.” Rockford’s undergrads tell us that their professors are not only “brilliant, dedicated, engaging, and very accessible,” but they’re also determined to provide students with “practical experience” that will give them a leg up when they hit the working world. Undergrads are also encouraged to “give back to the community” and “make a difference.” As an elementary education major says, “Rockford College not only promotes learning and education, it also promotes humanity, honesty, and a lifelong passion to help others.”

Student Body

The salad bowl at Rockford College includes a healthy mix of students “right out of high school” and “returning students who have decided that a career change was in order.” This often means “some are 18, some are 52,” and “You can see all walks of life learning together and from each other.” The student body is also given texture by “students from far away, all ethnicities and races, and different financial backgrounds.” But above all, they’re “motivated, intelligent, and socially conscious.” Not to mention “friendly,” “easygoing,” and accepting of everyone. “Everyone is different in their own ways. Everyone is at Rockford College for a reason, which is to reach their goal.”

Campus Life

“I look forward to getting up every day and going to classes,” exclaims a freshman---and she’s not alone. The majority of Rockford students report that they “really enjoy” their classes. Outside of the classroom, “This is a school that is huge on community,” a senior reminds us. “They do a lot of things to raise funds for a charity or go out into the community. They just had a group go into the Charles Street area to help with clean up from the freak flood [of Labor Day 2006]. Also, they have campus get-togethers with bands or cook-offs.” Student organizations accommodate “a large variety of interests,” and though the school isn’t “your typical party college,” that isn’t to say that there isn’t “a party scene on campus.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Ella Stenberg
Administrative Asst

Office of Admission
5050 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108-2393



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Residence Halls
Seaver Gym
Lion's Den-student gathering place
Football/Soccer Stadium
Clark Arts Center
Tour also highlights classroom buildings.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Cherryvale Mall
Golf courses - best midsize city
Metrocentre-professional sporting activities and concerts
Over 500 restaurants and shops on East State street
On the Waterfront-Music Festival

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10am and 2pm M-F, 11am Sat
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The closest airport is the Rockford Regional Airport. However many students fly into Chicago and take a shuttle bus to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Driving from Chicago, you take I-90 west into Rockford, get off the state St. exit, make a right off the ramp. Rockford college is 3 miles down on the right.

Local Accommodations
There are over 15 hotels within a 5 mile radius of Rockford College. Prices range from $35/night to $100/night.


Applicants: 967
Acceptance Rate: 41%
Average HS GPA: 3.07



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