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






Ann Forbeck
Admission Counselor


I grew up in Ironwood, Mich. (yes, I’m a Yooper!). I earned my bachelor of arts in psychology and my master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan.

My advice is to think of education as not just school. It’s life. Take responsibility for your education, and don’t wait for it to come to you. Be assertive in becoming an educated person, and never stop learning.

Little known fact: I have five children–a son and quadruplets (three boys and a girl!). I love to travel and recently went on a photo safari in Kenya.

Shay Freeman
Admission Counselor


I grew up in Rockford, Ill. and I attended Augustana College, in Rock Island, where I earned my bachelor’s degree. 

My advice is that college is what you make it! Meet lots of people and build meaningful relationships with your professors and other staff on campus. It is great to have a resourceful network of people after graduation. 

Little Known Fact: I love dancing and 90s R&B


Faith HaleyFaith Haley
Transfer 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?


Andy RouttAndy Routt
Admission & Recruitment Coordinator


I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati 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 worked as a journalist in Wellington, New Zealand for a year at CityLife News. 


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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