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.
Rockford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Accreditation is periodically reviewed and is renewed annually. Other memberships include:
  • Association of American Colleges, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges & 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.  Accredited and Approved Programs

Rockford University is accredited by the following organizations:

Rockford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL, 60604-1413


Rockford University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
State Specific Licensure Requirements for Teaching and Nursing
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
P.(404) 975-5000 | F. (404) 975-5020
Illinois State Board of Education  
Professional Preparation and Recruitment
100 N. First St.
Springfield, IL 62777
American Chemical Society
1155 Sixteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
P.O. Box 3960
Olathe, KS 66063


Phi Beta Kappa

1 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. The Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at Rockford University (Eta of Illinois) was established in 1953, during the tenure of President Mary Ashby Cheek. Each year since that time, the chapter inducts a select few of its graduating seniors into the Society.

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