Rockford University at a Glance

About Rockford University

Rockford University is a private, independent, coeducational university 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 Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate people to lead responsible lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience. Through the total academic and co-curricular experience, Rockford University strives to prepare students for fulfilling lives, careers, and participation in a modern and changing global society.

Rockford University Learning Expectations
  • Knowledge – for Understanding the world
  • Values – for Envisioning the world
  • Skills – for Shaping the world
Diversity Statement

Rockford University believes diversity in the student body, faculty and staff is an important component in providing a quality education. Diversity enriches the educational experience by encouraging dialogues among people with different experiences, beliefs and perspectives. It promotes personal growth and a healthy society. Diversity challenges stereotypes preconceptions; it encourages critical thinking. By helping to build communities whose members are judged by the quality of their character and their contributions, diversity strengthens communities and the workplace.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Rockford University adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in institutions of higher education including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Illinois Human Rights Act.  The University will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any resolution process within the University or with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies.

This Statement covers non-discrimination in employment and in access to educational opportunities.  Therefore, any member of the University community, guest or visitor who acts to deny, deprive or limit the educational, employment, residential and/or social access, benefits and/or opportunities of any member of the campus community on the basis of their actual or perceived membership in the protected classes listed above is in violation of University policy on non-discrimination.  When brought to the attention of the University, any such discrimination will be appropriately remedied by the University according to its procedures.

The Compliance and Title IX Coordinator is available to students and employees as an immediate resource for non-discrimination issues.

Commitment to Health and Safety