Residence Life

Building a Rock Solid community.

Residential living provides students with unlimited opportunities to live and grow during university outside of the classroom. Interacting with peers, assuming responsibility for individual and community standards, and creating a living space that is your own are all benefits of living on-campus. Between studying, getting involved in student organizations, participating in community service and volunteering, most Rockford students are active and engaged in their community. Residential living adds to your university experience by providing you with an opportunity to do all of these things while living in an active, vibrant community with your peers.

Mission Statement for Residence Life

Residence Life at Rockford University is committed to building a ROCK SOLID Community through our core values of:

  1. Promoting a safe environment
  2. Creating an Environment conducive for learning to continue outside of the classroom
  3. Providing superb customer service
  4. Facilitating programs to educate and enhance leadership opportunities
  5. Inspiring students to take ownership of their experience
  6. Fostering relationships to make the residence halls feel like home
  7. Encouraging Interdepartmental Communication and Collaboration

Each Rockford University residence hall provides a community learning-living environment that is as unique as the students that live there. The following list includes features common to our residence halls. In addition, you can bring items from home—List of what to bring

  1. Internet access in every room
  2. Singles, super singles, doubles, and suites
  3. Convenient kitchenettes
  4. Lounges
  5. Opportunities to make new friends from all around the world

Residence Life Team

The Residence Life team consists of professional staff members and selected student leaders who work hard to help you make the most of your residence life experience. Through a variety of programs and services, the team works together to develop a partnership with our residents. This partnership provides many opportunities for personal growth, intellectual and leadership development, and maturity in your learning-living environment. 

Beth Tinsley, M.S. Ed.

Assistant Dean of Students/ Director of Residence Life

Residence Hall Director of Small Houses

Mariah Harris
Residence Hall Director of Cummings Complex and Olson Hall

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RA) are upper-class student leaders who are carefully selected and trained to help foster a learning-living environment in the residence halls at Rockford University. The RA’s are assigned a high degree of responsibility in working with the students and administration to create and maintain a safe, productive community in the halls.

RAs are also on the front lines of assisting new students in making the transition to university life as smooth as possible. Through various activities, RAs help students adjust to life at Rockford University by putting on programs that encourage students to develop and master life skills such as problem solving and critical thinking while developing their individuality. Your RA will be there to listen to and answer your questions (or refer you to someone who can), and take a genuine interest in you as a person. Your RA will also confront you if you are violating policy and will ask you to confront each other when someone else's behavior is a problem.

Resident Assistants are generally selected towards the end of the spring semester. If you are interested in becoming a RA, we encourage you to look over the application and speak with a current RA.


Department Information

Residence Life
Kent Center--1st floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-3730
Beth Tinsley, Assistant Dean of Students

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

We shape individuals for Rock Solid Success in life.

Rockford University students develop the knowledge, values, and skills that impact their lives and our world.