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Message from the Provost

Welcome to Rockford! Rockford University will ensure you develop the knowledge, values, and skills for success at your first and all the way to your last career. Our brand of liberal arts and sciences, and their extensions into ALL of our major programs, is the bridge to make your dreams imagined a reality.

You will have the opportunity to participate in one of our signature programs, the Forum Series. This program introduces you to the movers, shakers and especially the thinkers of today’s world.

You will also be a member of a community of communities where you can connect with fellow students, teachers, staff and people from the greater Rockford region in new or familiar activities. Being a student at Rockford University ensures a solid academic base and an enriching collegiate experience, both leading to real rewards now and in your future.

Michael A. Perry, Ph.D.

Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs


More about Rockford University

At Rockford University, our academic experiences and curriculum are grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience. Inside and outside of the classroom, our students connect different forms of learning to each other, learn to think critically and expansively, and apply the knowledge and skills they develop to the real world. No matter their major or intended career path, our students leave our campus prepared to learn, grow, and make choices throughout their careers and lives. In fact, a degree from Rockford University will provide you with learning expectations based upon knowledge for understanding the world, values for envisioning the world, and skills for shaping the world.

Our academic programming includes undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and a bachelor’s degree completion program in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. Whether you come to Rockford University with no previous college credits or some college credits, we can help you determine the appropriate educational journey that’s right for you.

Since 1847, we’ve graduated thousands and thousands of students who have experienced rich academic opportunities, practical experiences, and global perspectives in order to impact positively their lives and our world. Learn more >>

Department Information

Office of Academic Affairs and the Provost
Howard Colman Library
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-5183


Faculty Notes

Our faculty are Rock Solid. Learn more about their recent accomplishments, including published works, presentations, and awards.


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.

Learn more about our PBK chapter >>