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Think Rockford university is like any other university? Think again.

A community of communities.

I chose Rockford University because I wanted to feel comfortable in my environment; I instantly felt that way when I visited the campus. The small class sizes are what really drew me in—I’m able to interact one-on-one with my professors and receive individualized feedback! –Rosa Pasillas

Rockford University graduates aren’t like everyone else. In fact, our alumni are pretty amazing. Since 1847, Rockford graduates have made their mark all around the world. Far more than preparing students to do something, we empower our graduates to accomplish anything. That empowerment starts right on our campus. With rich academic opportunities, practical experiences, and global perspectives, RU students succeed in an inviting community where you can do anything, be anything, and experience anything.

Did You Know?

That Rockford University alumni have…

It’s not hard to fit in here. Whether you are working with a professor and classmates to present innovative research, participating in a student club, playing your favorite sport, or volunteering to help feed the homeless at a local shelter, you will find opportunities to belong inside and outside of the classroom. To us, it’s more than just offering different experiences. It’s bringing together different communities of our campus, intersecting the groups with each other, and cohesively building one family. Student-athletes perform in plays; biochemistry majors write articles for the literary magazine; and students, along with faculty and staff, volunteer side by side to help local nonprofits. That’s how we define community.

• Worked on the Bell Labs team that invented fiber optics and the LED • Served as president of ABC Studios and The CW Network • Tested the first artificial heart valve in humans • Started a digital marketing company

An urban oasis. Our 150-acre park-like campus is accentuated by trails, woods, a highly-rated disc golf course, and wildlife galore.

Inviting campus

And while in this setting, you are able to discover professional and personal opportunities. From internships to career opportunities, sporting events to theater productions, Rockford and nearby Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee provide a wealth of places to explore.

this campus is different.

An inviting campus is more than just being welcoming and friendly. At Rockford University, you see a campus community where members truly engage in personal relationships with each other – students, faculty, staff, alumni, and more. From the moment you step foot on campus – it feels like home.

with urban opportunities.

accomplished and engaged Through Rockford University’s Student Opportunity Fund, I traveled to Rome with other students and a professor during an incredible short-term study abroad trip. This was an unbelievable experience because I saw and experienced what we had learned in the classroom. Not only did the experience help me appreciate a different culture, it also allowed me to learn more about myself and what it means to be a better citizen of our world. — Samantha Diemer

Students are attracted to our institution for many reasons. But it’s our people, our faculty and staff, who by far are the number one reason students attend Rockford University. Our faculty and staff show a commitment to the individual through their expertise and caring nature. In classrooms across campus, faculty members guide students step-by-step as they gain knowledge, values, and skills to inform their personal and professional lives. Students learn firsthand from experts in their respective disciplines – most holding the highest degrees in their fields – while staff members often serve as confidants and mentors.

Did You Know?

That Rockford University alumni have… • Educated students about sexual assault prevention • Piloted the first test B2 Stealth Bomber • Been named Illinois Teacher of the Year • Traveled with the national tour of “Cats”

faculty and staff.


student-to-faculty ratio

Did You Know?

That Rockford University alumni have… • Manufactured gears for NASA rovers to Mars • Earned the Nobel Prize for Peace • Designed product packaging for a national cookie company

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The ability to grow and prosper in a global setting has never been more important, and that’s why we choose to focus on global perspectives. Our international focus extends well beyond our campus. We prepare students, faculty, staff and community members for active participation in a rapidly changing global society through facilitating faculty-led experiential learning and study abroad opportunities. We have also developed international partnerships with 20 universities around the world, including exchange agreements with Shanghai University, SILC Business School, and many other universities in China; Regent’s University in London, England; and University of Skövde in Skövde, Sweden.

global perspectives.

8 countries

to study abroad in: Brazil, China, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, and the UK

regents in action.

rock solid athletics. Intercollegiate athletics are an integral part of our campus community. Student-athletes join our rosters because they’re committed to the playing field and the classroom. It’s not just about scoring points. At Rockford University, student-athletes prepare for a life of leadership and service through the pursuit of excellence in academics and athletics. Our players rally together – whether it’s to study for a mid-term exam or mentor young students at a local elementary school. We compete at the NCAA Division III level as a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, and our athletes earn awards and distinctions each year. • All-American Selections • All-Midwest Region Selections • Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Freshman of the Year • National Team of the Week Selection by • All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Selections • Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Players of the Week

I chose to play Men’s Basketball because it was clear that the coaches genuinely care about each of the players and want us to succeed both athletically and academically. My experiences as a student-athlete at Rockford University will stay with me forever. — Zach Wallace

Men’s sports

woMen’s sports

Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Soccer Track & Field

Basketball Cross Country Soccer Softball Track & Field Volleyball

We also offer opportunities to participate in intramural sports throughout the year.

Solid Student Experiences.

The first-year experience. Specially-trained advisors give students the support and attention they need to succeed during their first year on our campus – through activities both inside and outside of the classroom. Our residence halls aren’t just a place to sleep. Students enjoy 10 residence halls, and our dedicated team of Residence Life staff ensures that the environment is fun, enriching and safe.

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annual campus events like Family Weekend & Homecoming

on-campus concerts, comedy shows, & outdoor movie nights

in on-campus karaoke events and Iron Chef competitions





student clubs & organizations

for Rockford University’s Fingerprints Magazine

CHEER on the Regents in 14 NCAA Division III sports

abroad in France, Brazil, Sweden, and many other countries

intramural Sports like flag football or dodgeball

as a volunteer in our local community

...and so much more!

to Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee for weekend trips

our Campus Activities Board to plan events for students


& hang out in our student center, a fun gathering place

Disc Golf holes on campus

A rock solid future starts here.

Did You Know?

That Rockford University alumni have… • Been named as Judge of the Year by the National Court- Appointed Special Advocate Association • Been named as North Carolina Teacher of the Year • Coached a Division I program to the NCAA Tournament


of our full-time students receive financial aid

Academic experience with practical applications. Community-based learning integrates valuable real-life experiences with classroom discussions and projects.

Career development connects our students with employers all across the country in industries like retail, aerospace, accounting, health care, manufacturing, and technology.

Jane Addams Center. In honor of Nobel Peace Prize winner and our most illustrious graduate, Jane Addams, the Jane Addams Center offers opportunities in citizenship, service, and community-based learning. From volunteering at after-school programs for children to helping aging adults at retirement centers, our learning environment is practical and engaging.

I stand out as a person here. My dream career is to work in the medical field, and our Career Development office connected me with an internship at a local hospital. The experience went so well that once the internship ended, the hospital offered me a job. — Candice Elsasser

madison, WI 72 miles 1 hour

milwaukee, WI chicago, IL

des moines 285 miles 4.5 hours

detroit, MI

95 miles 1.5 hours

quad cities 115 miles 2 hours

rockford, IL

364 miles 6 hours

82 miles 1.5 hours

about Rockford, Illinois. An exciting university city.

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264 miles 4.5 hours

200 miles 3 hours

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A Rock Solid location. The city of Rockford is one of Illinois’ largest cities. Within a few miles of campus, there are numerous restaurants, theaters, clubs, coffeehouses, museums, gardens and galleries. And if that isn’t enough… • Spend the day hiking in Rock Cut State Park

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Visit Anderson Japanese Gardens, the top Japanese garden in the U.S. open to the public Step back to prehistoric times – visit Rockford’s very own dinosaur, Jane

• Take a dip at Magic Waters Waterpark • Rockford even has pro sports – Rockford IceHogs Professional Ice Hockey (Chicago Blackhawks affiliate)

“city of gardens”

7,000 acres of parks & public gardens

Rockford university is affordable. Through our scholarships, grants, and other financial aid, we work individually with prospective students and their families to determine the most beneficial financial aid package for them. We offer a number of scholarship opportunities for all full-time students with some competitive scholarships ranging up to full tuition. To find out more about our scholarship, financial aid and work-study opportunities, visit

$10 + Million

invested in scholarships and institutional aid each year

Admission Checklist

see us to believe us.

n Fill out your application – apply now for FREE

When you make your personal visit to campus, you’ll enjoy many options:


n Request your transcript(s)* be sent to Rockford University, Office of Admission, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108

*First-year students: high school transcript

*Transfer students: transcript from each college attended. If you have fewer than 12 semester hours of college courses to transfer, you must also request your high school transcript and ACT/ SAT score be sent to Rockford University (see codes below).

• a campus tour • lunch on us • attending a class • meeting with a faculty member • speaking with a financial aid representative • staying overnight in a residence hall • chatting with a coach • attending a performing arts or athletic event

n Request your ACT/SAT score be sent to Rockford University – ACT code: 1122; SAT code: 1665 n File for financial aid – Have you previously applied for financial aid?

If yes, complete the renewal FAFSA at and add Rockford University as a receiving school – Title IV code: 001748

If no, file your FAFSA at and be sure to list Rockford University as a school to receive your information – Title IV code: 001748


Deposit – once you have submitted your application, transcript, test score and any additional information that may be requested, you will be notified of your admission status. If you are accepted, make your deposit to reserve a registration appointment and housing.

Residential student (living on campus): $200 deposit

Commuter student (living off campus): $100 deposit


Registration and enrollment (SOAR / ROAR) – your admission counselor will contact you to set your appointment. Attend SOAR (first-year students) / ROAR (transfer students) to meet with a faculty advisor and select your classes.

schedule a visit. Office of Admission 5050 E. State Street Rockford, IL 61108 815.226.4050 • 800.892.2984

apply for free. Visit, click “Apply Now,” and complete the FREE application.

Accounting* (concentrations in CPA, Non-CPA) Anthropology and Sociology* (concentrations in Applied Anthropology, Criminal Justice, General A&S, Pre-Social Work) Art* (concentrations in 2-Dimensional Art, 3-Dimensional Art, Graphic Design*) Art History* Biochemistry Biology* (concentrations in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Evolution and Ecology, Organismal Biology) Business Administration* (concentrations in Finance, Management, Marketing) Chemistry* (concentration in ACS certified) Classics* Computer Science* (concentrations in Management Information Systems*, Web Development*) Dance* Early Childhood Education Economics* (concentrations in Finance, International Economics, Public Policy) Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) English* French* History* (concentration Secondary Education) Human Development* (concentrations in Research, Child/Adolescent Development*, Life Span*, Gerontology*) Humanities International Studies (concentrations in Area Studies, Arts & Peoples, Environment & Development, Ideas & Religions, Politics & Economy, Security & Peace Studies) Latin* Mathematics* (concentration in Computational) Music* Nursing (Basic BSN) Philosophy* Physical Education* (concentrations in Exercise Science*, Sports Management*, Teaching) Political Science* (concentrations in American Studies, Constitutional Studies, Legal Studies, Political Ideas, Politics & Culture, War & Peace) Psychology* Romance Languages Science and Mathematics Social Sciences Spanish* Special Education* Theatre (concentrations in Acting/Directing, Design/Tech, Musical Theatre Performance, Theatre Management*) Theatre Arts* *Indicates a minor can also be achieved in this program.


academic programs.

Undergraduate majors

undergraduate minors

pre-professional programs

Ancient and Medieval Studies Bilingual Education Classical Civilization Coaching English as a Second Language Entrepreneurship Ethics Gender Studies Greek Health K–12 Education Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Peace and Conflict Studies Physics Religious Studies Secondary Education (9–12)

Pre-Law Pre-Social Work Pre-Dentistry Pre-Medicine Pre-Pharmacy (We also offer a dual acceptance program with Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy.) Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Veterinary Medicine

graduate programs Business Administration (MBA) Education (MEd) Teaching (MAT)

Office of Admission 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108 815.226.4050 • 800.892.2984

Rockford University will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, or veteran status, nor will it discriminate on the basis of disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements.

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