Adams Hall


Rockford University is a private, four-year, co-educational institution and is governed by the University’s Board of Trustees, a 31-member board that includes representation from an Alumni, Student and Faculty trustee. Serving as the University’s interim president is Dr. Patricia Lynott, whose Executive Council leadership team includes the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Business and CFO, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Vice President for Advancement.

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Rockford University is a private four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary. The Seminary changed its name to Rockford College® in 1892, and on July 1, 2013 became Rockford University, more accurately reflecting the institution’s long-established and increasingly diverse offerings, while also clearly defining its status within the Rockford and world communities.
Rockford University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields with approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through the Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Master’s of Education (M.Ed).
The University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience,” and named consistenly as a U.S. News & World Report Best in the Midwest Regional University, we  serve approximately 1,250 full-and part-time students. The University’s mission is to educate men and women to lead responsible lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience.
The University is also noted as the alma mater of 1881 graduate and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jane Addams. Hundreds of alumni have gone on to distinction and include those who are responsible for groundbreaking work in the discovery of the use of ACE inhibitors in the prevention of heart attacks; participating on the team that developed LED and fiber optics; testing the first artificial valve in humans; captains of industry; coaching a Division I program to the NACAA Tournament and touring with the national tour of CATS, to name just a very few.