Students hanging out


Building a Rock Solid community.

Residential living provides students with unlimited opportunities to live and grow during university outside of the classroom. Interacting with peers, assuming responsibility for individual and community standards, and creating a living space that is your own are all benefits of living on-campus. Between studying, getting involved in student organizations, participating in community service and volunteering, most Rockford students are active and engaged in their community. Residential living adds to your university experience by providing you with an opportunity to do all of these things while living in an active, vibrant community with your peers.

Mission Statement for Residence Life

Residence Life at Rockford University is committed to building a ROCK SOLID Community through our core values of:

  1. Promoting a safe environment
  2. Creating an Environment conducive for learning to continue outside of the classroom
  3. Providing superb customer service
  4. Facilitating programs to educate and enhance leadership opportunities
  5. Inspiring students to take ownership of their experience
  6. Fostering relationships to make the residence halls feel like home
  7. Encouraging Interdepartmental Communication and Collaboration

‌Each Rockford University residence hall provides a community learning-living environment that is as unique as the students that live there. The following list includes features common to our residence halls. In addition, you can bring items from home—List of What to Bring

  1. Internet access in every room
  2. Singles, super singles, doubles, and suites
  3. Convenient kitchenettes
  4. Lounges
  5. Opportunities to make new friends from all around the world

Non-Discrimination Statement

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


Office of Compliance and Title IX

Office:  Student Life Office Suite, 1st floor Burpee Student Center (next to Den)

Phone:  815-226-2842 / E-Mail:


Residence Life Team

The Residence Life team consists of professional staff members and selected student leaders who work hard to help you make the most of your residence life experience. Through a variety of programs and services, the team works together to develop a partnership with our residents. This partnership provides many opportunities for personal growth, intellectual and leadership development, and maturity in your learning-living environment.

Scott Mitchell, M.S.W.
Assistant Dean of Students/ Director of Residence Life
Molly Hutchcroft, M.S.W.
Residence Hall Director of Cumming Complex & Olson
John Nicholson, M.S.E.
Residence Hall Director of Small Houses


Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RA) are upper-class student leaders who are carefully selected and trained to help foster a learning-living environment in the residence halls at Rockford University. The RA’s are assigned a high degree of responsibility in working with the students and administration to create and maintain a safe, productive community in the halls.

RAs are also on the front lines of assisting new students in making the transition to university life as smooth as possible. Through various activities, RAs help students adjust to life at Rockford University by putting on programs that encourage students to develop and master life skills such as problem solving and critical thinking while developing their individuality. Your RA will be there to listen to and answer your questions (or refer you to someone who can), and take a genuine interest in you as a person. Your RA will also confront you if you are violating policy and will ask you to confront each other when someone else’s behavior is a problem.

Resident Assistants are generally selected towards the end of the spring semester. If you are interested in becoming a RA, we encourage you to look over the application and speak with a current RA.

Residence Life
Student Life Suite- Burpee Student Center, 1st Floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Mon-Fri – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm