Rock Valley College

3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, IL 61114-5699

School Details

Rock Valley College is a public, 2-year institution of higher learning located in the town of Rockford, Illinois that was founded in 1964.


The school is one of 48 2-year open admission colleges of the Illinois Community College System. Rock Valley was originally established to give the students around the area the opportunity to receive post-secondary education similar to the university curriculum. Since then, the school grew to encompass a 217-acre land and additional degree programs. It received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1971 to offer certificates, diplomas, and associate’s degrees.

The mission of Rock Valley College is “Rock Valley College is an educational leader in providing quality, accessible, lifelong learning opportunities, cultural enrichment, and support for economic and technological development.” They school encourages a learner-centered community, diversity, collaboration, and innovation among other values. There are many facilities on-campus that provide students and faculty with an engaging learning environment and locations for extracurricular opportunities. There is a comprehensive athletic complex and walking path. In addition, RVC houses the Bengt Sjostrom Theatre, modern classrooms and labs, and a large student center. On-campus there is a full range of activities which students are encouraged to get involved with. There are around 30 clubs and organizations offered that range in a variety of interests. The college is very proud of its award winning student newspaper called Valley Forge and literary magazine called Voices. There are nine men's and women's intercollegiate sports competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association - Division III. The average class size is 21 so students are given the opportunity to learn in a more personalized environment.

Though the school has an open admissions policy, all students are required to fill and submit an application form which is available at the Admissions Office. Applicants must also submit high school transcripts/GED certificate and take a placement test. The test will allow the school of place a student in a program that will benefit them the most academically. Tuition is charged per semester and varies depending on residency and other factors.


The total enrollment is around 8,600 students of which more than 4,700 are full-time. Of those students 57 percent are female and 43 percent are male. The school also serves more than 25,000 non-credit students annually. The average age for students is 25.9 years of age. About 10 percent of students are enrolled in at least some online educational opportunities.


Today, RVC offers more than 100 courses for transfer, career programs, and certificates. The transferable degree programs offered by Rock Valley include: Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Engineering Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Agriculture, and a General Studies Degree. The Learning and Opportunity Center, which is housed in the Student Development Office, aims to meet the needs and inquiries of students. In addition, Rock Valley offers partnerships with area businesses that encourage their employees to further their education.


Distance and online learning opportunities include online courses, hybrid courses, and telecourses. Telecourses are courses that are taught via videotapes and DVDS, which allows a student to watch them and learn at their own convenience. It is important to note that there is an additional technology fee for internet courses, which is $50.


In-district students pay $83 per credit hour, in-state students pay $264 per credit hour, and out-of-state students pay $456 per credit hour. Additional fees including housing are not included in this price. The average costs, which includes tuition and some fees, is $2,804 for in-district students, $8,23 for in-state, and $14,994 for out-of-state. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which all applicants are required to submit. Financial aid can come in the form of grants, loans, work-study and scholarships.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Associate's degree
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  • Percent Admitted:
    open admissions
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