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Rockford University is a private, independent, coeducational college providing courses of study leading to baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The academic programs of students are based on a foundation of learning in the liberal arts and sciences. The college emphasizes excellence in teaching, and has a strong commitment to scholarly activity, creative expression and community service. The educational program is characterized by a concern for the needs of all students, and reflects the basic human rights and responsibilities of a democratic society.
Rockford University is accredited by the following organizations:
Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation
The Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and
230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL, 60604-1413
American Chemical Society
1155 Sixteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Illinois State Board of

Professional Preparation and
100 N. First St.
Springfield, IL 62777

International Assembly for Collegiate
Business Education
P.O. Box 3960
Olathe, KS 66063
Accreditation Commission for
Education in Nursing, Inc.

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
P.(404) 975 5000 | F. (404) 975-5020

Rockford University has garnered numerous distinctions in recent years, making it an institution that stands out. Here are the most notable:

Phi Beta Kappa
One of 11 colleges in Illinois and 283 in the country with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the oldest and most prestigious liberal arts academic honor society

Ability to Add Value for Students
Named to the prestigious Colleges of Distinction group of 200 institutions recognized for their ability to add value for students through a broad commitment to enhancing student achievement. Colleges of Distinction are noted for their strong focus on teaching, wide variety of innovative learning experiences, opportunities for personal development and their high value to graduate schools and employers for students’ outstanding preparation

Community Partnerships
Named one of only 64 colleges and universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive a new designation for universities notable for civic engagement

"College with a Conscience"
One of 81 US colleges and universities in the Princeton Review book, Colleges with a Conscience, recognizing Rockford University's strong ethos of civic engagement and the opportunities for community service offered to our students

Access through Economic Diversity
US News and World Report ranking of 9th among 130 Midwestern "master's universities" for economic diversity (2007) - important recognition of our long-standing and successful effort to promote access for qualified students to excellent higher education, irrespective of the financial means of those students and their families

Student Engagement Leads to Satisfaction
Shown by the 2008 National Survey of Student Engagement as performing at or above U.S. norms on virtually all measures of student engagement in students' education. In a recent alumni survey, 91% indicated that they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience as a student at Rockford University.

"Best in the Midwest" for 10 Years Running
One of 158 colleges in the Midwest to receive the designation, which is based on student opinion data compiled by The Princeton Review and the Review’s standards for academic excellence within each region

2015 US News & World Report
Best Regional University: Midwest Tier One

Honor RollPrestigious Honor for Community Service
Named since 2008 - President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, one of only 83 colleges in the U.S. to receive this honor, based on innovative and effective community service and service learning programs


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