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 University 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.
The University is a charter member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation is periodically reviewed and is renewed annually. Other memberships include:
  • Association of American Colleges, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
  • College Entrance Examination Board
  • College Scholarship Service
  • American Council on Education
  • Council of Independent Colleges

The Rockford University nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc (ACEN), the teacher certification program (Education and Child Development) by the Illinois State Board of Education, and the business administration program by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
Rockford University is accredited by the following organizations:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL, 60604-1413
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
P.(404) 975 5000 | F. (404) 975-5020
American Chemical Society
1155 Sixteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Illinois State Board of Education  
Professional Preparation and Recruitment
100 N. First St.
Springfield, IL 62777
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
P.O. Box 3960
Olathe, KS 66063


Rockford University has garnered numerous distinctions in recent years, making it an institution that stands out.
Here are the most notable:
phi beta kappaPhi Beta Kappa
One of 11 colleges in Illinois and 286 in the country with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the oldest and most prestigious liberal arts academic honor society. Chapters, as they are established in each state, take on the corresponding Greek letter. Since our chapter was the seventh to be established in Illinois, it became the “eta of Illinois”, eta being the seventh letter of the alphabet.

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, a wide variety of innovative learning experiences, opportunities for personal development and their high value to graduate schools and employers for students’ outstanding preparation

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching – Community Engagement Classification
Rockford University joins just 361 other colleges and universities from across the nation, and one of only 11 in Illinois, to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The classification is valid through 2025. A listing of the institutions that hold the Community Engagement Classification can be found on NERCHE’s website‌.

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.

military friendly“Military Friendly” School
Rockford University is included in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. to accommodate students with military experience by list of Military Friendly Schools®, published by Victory Media. The list honors universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. 


“Best in the Midwest”
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


2019 US News & World Report
Ranked Best Regional University – Midwest


community servicePrestigious Honor for Community Service
Named consecutively from 2008 – 2015 to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll‌, including the 2008 designation as 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.‌ 2015 was the last year the Honor Roll was in effect. 

Department Information


As part of the NCAA Division III and Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, the Rockford Regents compete in 14 intercollegiate varsity teams and several junior varsity teams. Go Regents! Learn more at >>