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Straightforward. Personalized. Affordable.

‌Whether you attended a four-year institution, a community college, or an international institution, and earned a few credits, several credits, or a lot of credits, you’ve begun your educational journey and transferring to Rockford University is the next step to becoming Rock Solid.

Let’s Get Started.

  • You can begin classes at RU in the spring or the fall
  • To be considered for standard admission, you must have at least 12-credit hours at the 100-level or higher completed, and be in good academic standing at your previous institution(s)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended will be requested for consideration
  • Admission is determined by calculating the cumulative GPA of all coursework taken at the 100-level or higher

Admission Criteria

  • Cumulative 2.30 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 12 credits attempted at the 100-level

ACT/SAT scores and/or official high school transcripts may be requested.

Application Process
  • Fill out our free, online transfer application for undergraduate admission
  • Submit your official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended*
  • Fill out the FAFSA. The first step to receiving your financial aid package (grants, scholarships, loan eligibility) is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Rockford University’s school code is 001748.

*If you have less than 12 credit hours, your ACT or SAT scores may be requested.

Transferring Credit to RU

Transferring Credits–the basics:

One you apply to Rockford University, send your official transcripts, and receive your admission decision, you will receive a form that details which of your credits transfer in to the university. Students may transfer credit from colleges accredited by regional accrediting associations as recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

If you have completed your associate of arts, associate of science, or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States prior to becoming a student at Rockford University, you will have met all of your lower-division general education requirements for graduation from Rockford University, and will enter at junior status.

Transferring Credits–the full details:

Transferring credit hours for a Rockford University degree program is subject to these regulations:

  • Official transcripts of all previous collegiate study must be submitted. All coursework (outside of a compact agreement) with grades of “C” or better (grades of “C–” are not accepted) from regionally accredited colleges and universities will be evaluated and, if applicable to a bachelor’s degree, applied to the student’s degree plans.
  • All coursework will be accepted at the same level (i.e., 100, 200, etc.) at which it was taken. Coursework graded a “P” is only transferable if “C” is considered Pass under the previous institution’s grading system.
  • The applicability of transferred credits to the completion of major or minor requirements is decided by
    the appropriate academic department chair.

Course work completed at non-accredited colleges or universities will be evaluated when individuals apply for admission. The evaluation will determine which courses will apply to Rockford University general education, major and minor requirements. When students complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work at Rockford University with a grade of “C” or better (grades of “C-” are not acceptable) in all courses attempted, the approved coursework from the non-accredited institution(s) will be accepted and applied to students’ Rockford University degrees or majors. Students may also validate coursework from non-accredited institutions for a specified numbers of hours by acceptable scores on tests recognized by the University for such purposes.

The full transfer credit policy can be found in the Rockford University Academic Catalog.
To be eligible for a Rockford University degree, students must complete:

  • A minimum of 60 semester hours at a four-year institution.
  • At least 30 of the last 36 semester hours at Rockford University.
  • At least 15 semester hours, including senior seminar, in the major field at Rockford University.
  • Note: Some programs may require students to complete more semester hours at Rockford University than the minimums listed above.
Rock Solid Affordability

Rockford University is affordable.

Yes, really. Over 99% of our full-time students receive financial aid, and every full-time student receives a scholarship. We also offer competitive scholarships that range up to 100% tuition, and several grant and loan programs. The first step in the financial aid process is to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at

Check out scholarships, financial aid, and more.

“Making the decision to continue my education was essential for myself and my son. The transfer application process was easy and my admission counselor helped me each step of the way. I was also able to meet with the faculty to ensure I was on the right track to start and complete the nursing program. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of Rockford University!”

Tiffany Noakes '16

Nursing major

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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Military Friendly School‌Rockford University is a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement program and has also been designated a Military Friendly School®, published by Victory Media, as an institution in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. to accommodate students with military experience. The list honors universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Articulation Agreements

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