QUICK FACTS

Rockford University, formerly Rockford College®, is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. Located in Rockford, Ill., just 90 miles northwest of Chicago, the campus spans 150 acres and includes several academic buildings, an athletic complex, 10 residence hall spaces, and a newly remodeled student center.

Mission Statement

Our 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. Through the total academic and co-curricular experience, Rockford University strives to prepare students for fulfilling lives, careers, and participation in a modern and changing global society. A solid education starts here.

Quick Facts & Distinctions

  • Enrollment: 924 full-time undergraduates; 75 full-time international undergraduates; 29 ESL students; 1,280 total students; 1,100 FTE (Fall 2016)
  • International student population represents 20 countries and more than 100 students (Fall 2016)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11 to 1
  • Faculty: 77 full-time faculty members; 75% with terminal degrees
  • Phi 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 
  • Intercultural engagement: more than 30 intercultural events sponsored annually 
  • “Best in the Midwest”—named by the Princeton Review 
  • Named consecutively since 2008 to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • One of 28 colleges and universities nationwide that participates in a program led by The Library of Congress
    to promote and instruct primary and secondary education teachers on how to teach using “Primary Sources”
  • 20 partnership agreements with universities worldwide
  • Designated Proyecta 100,000 Mexico-U.S. Exchange site since 2014

Strategic Direction: 2015-2019

  • Strategy One: To be the ‘University of Choice’;
  • Strategy Two: To be the ‘Employer of Choice’;
  • Strategy Three: To strengthen and grow the University programming, capital and operational resources.
  • Strategy Four: To strengthen the University’s reputation and relationships among all stakeholders.

Rockford University Learning Expectations

  1. Knowledge – for Understanding the world
  2. Values – for Envisioning the world
  3. Skills – for Shaping the world

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

Scholarships, Grants, and Other Financial Aid

Every year, Rockford University students receive more than $10 million in scholarships, grants, and other financial aid. Within that dollar amount, $2 million is provided annually in institutional scholarship aid to students who graduate from local school districts.

Academic Offerings

Notable Alumni

Rockford University alumni have accomplished and continue to accomplish some amazing and notable feats, including:

  • Earning patents for the use of ACE inhibitors to reduce the likelihood of heart attacks
  • Piloting the first test B2 Stealth Bomber
  • Serving on the Bell Labs team that invented fiber optics and the LED
  • Serving as president of ABC Studios and The CW Network 
  • Testing the first artificial heart valve in humans 
  • Manufacturing gears for NASA rovers to Mars 
  • Serving as a US Magistrate Judge 
  • Being named as Illinois and North Carolina Teachers of the Year
  • Earning the Nobel Prize for Peace

Department Information

Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4000

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Quick Fact

Released in 2014, our Regional Economic Impact Analysis quantified the added value Rockford University generates for our regional community. In total, Rockford University and our students generated an additional $118.1 million in income to the economy.