Your Rock Solid future awaits!

We are thrilled that you have considered Rockford University on your college search. Our Admission team is happy to guide you through the admission process. Whether fresh out of high school, transferring from another institution, or returning to school, we strive to provide you with the necessary support to ease that transition.


David HawseyDavid Hawsey
Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management







Jennifer Nordstrom

 ‌Jennifer Nordstrom ’92/’01
Associate VP for Enrollment Management/ Undergraduate Admissions


 I grew up in Machesney Park, Ill. At Rockford University, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Finance as well as my MBA in Management.

My advice to you is to look at the entirety of what a university has to offer. Do not limit yourself by making assumptions about academic programs, student life or affordability without fully investigating these areas with an Admission representative. Definitely visit the university of your choice before making the final decision to enroll.

Little known fact: I was involved in a sting operation set up by the federal government. I aided the investigation that led to the arrest of a group of check counterfeiters.


Associate Director of Admission Marketing and Events


My hometown is Machesney Park, Ill. I earned my associate of arts from Rock Valley College and my bachelor of science in community psychology from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.

My advice is to spend a few moments documenting your college experience and truly making memories—snap a few photos, take advantage of the opportunities available, and don’t be in a rush to move on with life. Breathe, experience, and learn!

Little known fact: I am in two local bands.


Faith HaleyFaith Haley
Senior Admission Counselor


My hometown is Stillman Valley, Ill. I graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies with a minor in music.

My advice for students would be to try new things. Whether it’s a class, a club or food, always find something new to try.  You’ll end up with tons of great memories!

Little known fact: I play six instruments-I am a classically trained flutist but the most surprising instrument I play is the bass guitar.


Donna HarveyDonna Harvey
Transfer Admission Counselor


I am originally from Elnora, Ind. I earned my bachelor of science in education from Indiana University, and my MBA from Rockford University. 

My advice to students is to take the time to make personal connections. Networking is key to landing that perfect job after graduation!


Little known fact: I coached volleyball and track & field during my teaching tenure.


Liz Nardi
Admission Counselor


I am from Green Bay, Wis. I graduated from Ashford University with a bachelor of arts in business administration, as well as public relations and marketing. I minored in organizational leadership. I am currently working on my MBA at Rockford University.

My advice? College will go by faster than you realize so get involved in what you are interested in; your experience is yours to create.

Little known fact: I have lived in three Midwest states and have visited 12 countries outside of the United States.



Tyler Ratts
Admission Counselor

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My hometown is Martinsville, Ind. I earned my bachelor of science in communications with minors in Spanish, telecommunications, and sport marketing and management, as well as a master of science in Kinesiology (Athletic Administration in Higher Education) from Indiana University.

My advice to students is to take the time to visit the schools you are interested in. Pictures on the internet do not give you an accurate portrayal of a university. This is the best way to see if you can truly picture yourself spending the next four+ years at that campus. Plus, you get free t-shirts, and who doesn’t love a free t-shirt?! 

Little known fact: I have been to Disney World each of the past six years. Who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse?


Alyssa Robbel
Admission Counselor


My hometown is Rockton, Ill. I attended Rock Valley College and earned my associate of arts. I am also a proud alumna of Rockford University with a bachelor of arts degree in art. 

My advice for students is to ask questions, even if you think it’s absolutely ridiculous. There is a wealth of information and answers for you. Just ask anyone and everyone.

“Anytime you learn, you gain.”–Bob Ross

Little known fact: I own and can play (not well) six different instruments (3 guitars, ukulele, violin and piano), and I love to read. I have a collection of over 300 books!


Andy RouttAndy Routt
Admission & Recruitment Coordinator


I am from Cincinatti, Ohio. I graduated from the University of Cincinatti with my Bachelor’s degree in journalism (minor in history), and earned my M.Ed. from The Defiance College.

My advice is to get involved and be active! Your time as a college student should be as active and engaging as possible.

Little known fact: I’ve coached men’s lacrosse at three different institutions, and helped start two of them, one as the Head Coach.

Jennifer Vargaz

Jennifer Vargaz
Transfer Admission Counselor


I grew up in Rockford, Ill. I graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and a concentration on Intercultural Communication.

My advice to you is to take full advantage of your university experience. This is a significant time in your life that you will have amazing opportunities both academic and social- be it study abroad, interacting with new people from all over the country, or joining a club on campus that is outside your comfort zone. Most importantly, enjoy your time here- it goes by so quickly!

Little known fact: I’ve lived in 3 major cities in Italy and Spain.



Ella Stenberg ’09
Admission Data Specialist


My hometown is Rockford, Ill. and I earned an Associate of Applied Science in Banking and Finance at Rock Valley College. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Management Studies degree from the Adult Accelerated Degree Completion program here at Rockford University!

The advice I would like to give is that a university is what you make it – be happy with it. Enjoy your education and the new friends you will make.

Little known fact: Tom Selleck is my favorite actor!


Christine Murray

Christine Murray
Admission Receptionist


I grew up in Syracuse, N.Y. I earned my Associate of Science in Office Technology from Onondaga Community College.

My advice to you is to enjoy your time in college!

Little known fact: I am a huge Steelers fan!


Ana GonzalezAna Gonzalez ’11
Undergraduate Admission Assistant


My hometown is Rockford, Ill. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish language & culture here at Rockford University!        

My advice? Don’t be afraid to change your major.

Little known fact: I never learned how to swim.


Department Information

Office of Admission
Nelson Hall--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax 815-226-2822
Office of Admission

Mon-Thurs - 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sat - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm -- Please call to reserve an appointment on Saturdays.

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