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Rockford University: Founded in 1847, Rockford University is a small, private co-educational institution. The hands-on, practical liberal arts education provides students with the tools to succeed in life, and the opportunity to change the world around them. One of our many distinguished alumni, Jane Addams – founder of Chicago’s Hull-House and 1931 Nobel Peace Prize winner – believed that education and service are linked, and we continue that tradition of learning and service today. Rockford University is a community that is actively curious, creative, compassionate and connected. Among its many accolades, Rockford University is honored to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level.
Physical location: Located in the Rock River Valley, Rockford University is less than 90 minutes from Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., and is easily accessible by major forms of transportation. The campus includes more than 150 beautiful park-like acres of land and is centered in the geographic heart of Rockford, Ill., one of the largest cities in Illinois.
Affiliate Organizations: Rockford University is the home to several organizations, including the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and Rockford-area Golden Apple Foundation.
Students: Our students tell us they attend Rockford University because they are looking for a close-knit, quality education - where faculty, staff and students care about one another. They want to be challenged in the classroom, supported by faculty and staff, and provided with opportunities (both inside and outside of the classroom) to change their world. Read more about the make-up of our student body in the fact book.
Faculty and professional staff: Our student to faculty ratio is 11-to-1. More than 65 full-time faculty with impressive educational and professional backgrounds teach our students. You'd be hard-pressed to not find exceptional professional staff serving the needs of our students at Rockford University. Students, faculty and staff alike boast that Rockford University feels like a family.
Academic programs: Students may earn degrees (BA, BS, BSMS, BFA and BSN) in areas such as:
Accounting, Education, Nursing, Anthropology/Sociology, English, Performing Arts, Art & Art History, Philosophy, Biology and Biochemistry, Humanities, Physical Education, Business Administration, Economics, Modern Languages, Chemistry, Political Science, Psychology, Classics, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Computer Science, Music, Theater Arts... (more programs)
Athletic Programs: A member institution of the NCAA III, Rockford University offers 15 intercollegiate sports:
Baseball, Football, Tennis (Men’s & Women’s), Basketball (Men’s & Women’s), Golf, Softball, Cross Country (Men’s & Women’s), Soccer (Men’s & Women’s), Volleyball, Track and Field (Men’s & Women’s)
Financial: Rockford University is affordable! More than 90% of Rockford University students receive financial aid.