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In observation of Thanksgiving Rockford University campus and offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 & 24, 2017.

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Your Rock Solid Future Awaits.

Take advantage of the opportunity to pursue more than 80 majors, minors, and programs–majors in nursing, business, education, psychology, the sciences, sport management, visual and performing arts, and much more. Students love Rockford University because they experience and benefit from all that a small, close-knit community provides. They gain practical experience in the form of internships, clinicals, and student teaching. They learn about global perspectives through study abroad trips, international partnerships, and faculty-led experiential learning. They get to know their professors, and their professors get to know them. Throughout their educational journey, Rockford University Regents prepare for careers of today and tomorrow. 

Transferring Credit to RU

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.

The full transfer credit policy can be found in the Rockford University Academic Catalog.

Learn more about transferring to RU.

Rock Solid Affordability

Over 99% of full-time students receive financial aid, and every full-time student receives a scholarship. We also offer competitive scholarships that range up to 100% of tuition, and several grant and loan programs. Read on for full details.

Visiting Campus: See us to believe us

You have to see Rockford University for yourself — sign up for a campus visit. Meet with your personal admission counselor, chat with financial aid, have lunch, meet with a coach, meet with a faculty member or sit in on a class–we’ll create a day just for you.


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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I transferred to Rockford University because I didn’t want to be a number or a person filling a seat in a packed auditorium. I can ask professors questions and speak with them face-to-face; I can get involved. Plus, the admission process was seamless!

Tim Woods

Veteran and RU Transfer Student


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Loan Processes

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Loan Processes

Rockford University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program for all Stafford loans.  

New Students:  
The Office of Student Administrative Services (SAS) will originate your Stafford Loan once you are registered for classes and have completed the following: Master Promissory Note (MPN), entrance counseling, award letter, 2018-2019 Federal Direct Loan Request Form or 2017-2018 Federal Direct Loan Request Form, and Standards of Academic Progress Policy‌.  The MPN will be used for all subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford loans.  Subsequent Stafford loans accepted by you will be automatically processed under the same MPN in future academic years.  

Current Student borrowers:
The Office of Student Administrative Services (SAS) will originate your Stafford Loan once you are registered for classes and have completed a signed award letter and direct loan request form.  You will not need to complete a new MPN, entrance counseling, or SAP as long as you have an active one on file with Rockford University. 

Upon completion of all required documents, loan funds will be disbursed through an electronic funds transfer (EFT) to your student account.  Loans cannot be processed after a student becomes ineligible or after the term has ended.

Parents: Rockford University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.  If you wish to borrow on behalf of your son or daughter in the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) program please complete the following the steps.

Current/New Parent Borrowers:  All NEW and PREVIOUS parent borrowers will need to complete a PLUS loan application after April 15th. The application process determines credit eligibility. You will be required to use your FSA ID to log-in and complete the Federal PLUS application.  If approved for the loan, SAS is not able to originate a Parent PLUS loan until a completed PLUS MPN is on file and the student has completed the financial aid process. If a completed Parent PLUS loan MPN is on file, a new one may not be needed. 

Utilizing An Endorser:  An endorser is someone who will pass the credit check and who agrees, similar to a co-signer, to repay the PLUS Loan if the borrower is unable to do so. Almost anyone can serve as an endorser. However, the student cannot serve as an endorser for their parent.

If you choose to obtain an endorser, the endorser should complete the endorser addendum at The endorser will need the PLUS Endorser Code (if a Direct PLUS Loan Request was completed) or Loan Identification Number to connect the endorsement to the denied PLUS Loan. Completing the endorsement online also requires a Federal Student Aid ID (username and password).

Master promissory notes (MPNs) are used for PLUS Loans and allow for multiple year borrowing under the same terms. However, when an endorser is used, the terms of the MPN used for that loan is specific only to that loan. Therefore, a borrower who has previously received a PLUS Loan without an endorser will need to complete a unique MPN for the endorsed loan. Also, any additional PLUS borrowing will require a new MPN and endorser addendum (though the same endorser can be used).

Finally, when the borrower is initially denied and approved through use of an endorser or appeal, the borrower will need to complete the Parent PLUS counseling requirement before the PLUS Loan can be disbursed. This counseling is a review of loan and repayment obligations available at

In cases of a parent credit denial or when an eligible endorser is not available the student will be eligible for an additional unsubsidized loan. Rockford University will be notified and a new award letter with required documentation will be mailed to the student.

Visit Day

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Future Regent Days

Not only can you and your family see the campus, but you will also have access to your Admission Counselor who can help you through every step of the Admission process – from answering any questions you may have to helping you apply that very same day. In addition, your application fee will be waived when you fill out an application during Future Regent Day.

Upcoming Future Regent Days

Each year, the Office of Admission hosts several Future Regent Day events from September through February. In addition, personal visits can be scheduled throughout the year, and we invite you to contact the Office of Admission to schedule your customized visit to campus as soon as possible.

Register for an upcoming Future Regent Day >>

Future Regent Day Schedule

Once you’ve confirmed your Future Regent Day spot, here’s how you will spend your time with us:

Check in. Registration will be held in the Burpee Student Center. Park in Lot A and follow the sidewalk to the Student Center. Staff members from Admissions will be there to welcome you and get you checked in for the day’s events.

Academic Fair. Trying to decide what major you are interested in? Talk with the faculty one-on-one and they will share the ‘ins and outs’ of their academic specialty. Take this chance to get to know our faculty members and see how dedicated they are to creating the optimal experience for your college education.

Financial Aid. Meet our courteous and knowledgeable Student Administrative Services staff at the Academic Fair.  Receive first-hand knowledge about the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and Rockford University’s scholarships.

Meet Admission Staff and Students. You have questions and we have answers. Chat with an admission counselor and current students to find out everything you wanted to know about Rockford University.

Campus Tours.  Receive an in-depth look at the beautiful campus that encompasses the Rockford University Community. See why our 150-acre campus is one of the hidden jewels of Northern Illinois.  One of our Regent Guides will give you a taste of the Rockford University Experience from a student’s perspective while you get to know the places that will be a part of your college life.Lunch. Lunch is on us! Enjoy a delicious meal in the cafeteria from our on-campus dining service.


Additional Information

Directions. Rockford, Illinois, is located approximately 90 miles from Madison, Milwaukee and downtown Chicago. Directions to Rockford and Rockford University.

Parking and campus. You’ll find that Rockford has ample parking. We think it’s best to park in Lot A – the large parking lot to the east of the main university road after you enter the campus from Business 20/East State Street. View our Parking Map.

Not only is there easy accessibility to numerous shops, restaurants, malls and local events in Rockford, but you can enjoy them and return to the secluded ‘park-like’ setting that is Rockford University. View our Campus Map.

Overnight accomodations. We invite prospective students to stay overnight in a residence hall. You’ll meet other students and get a feel for what life at Rockford is really like. To make arrangements, contact the Office of Admission. Or we invite you to stay at one of the area hotels.


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.

Chat with an Admission Counselor


01/10/2017 4:25 pm

Registration for Fall Orientation in currently closed.

Please contact Dean Hetzel with any questions.

Lisa Hetzel, Ph.D.
Dean of Students

Office:  815-226-3398

Guidance Counselor

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Guidance Counselors and Admission Staff alike strive to provide the support necessary to ease the transition from high school to a university. Providing information on the vast amount of opportunities is part of the process.

Below is a helpful resource about Rockford University to assist you as you serve and change the lives of students.

Fast Facts

  • Enrollment: 945 full-time undergraduates (1298 total students)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Admission requirements:
    • First-year students: 2.65 GPA, 19 ACT or equivalent SAT, top ½ graduating class
    • Transfer students (12 credits or more of 100-level college courses): 2.3 GPA
    • If academic records fall below standard, a student may be allowed to petition for admission.
  • Majors and minors: Learn more about our over 80 majors, minors and programs! Popular programs include: Education, Nursing, Pre-Med, Business, Psychology and Performing Arts.
  • Tuition and fees: $29,920 (tuition), $8,420 (room and board), $130 (student activity fee). More info >>
  • Academic Calendar
  • Athletic Division: NCAA Division III; Northern Athletics Conference. More info >>
  • Distinctions: Rockford University is a Princeton Review “Best in the Midwest” university, a “College with a Conscience,” and a Phi Beta Kappa institution. More info >>

Campus Visits

We openly invite and encourage students and families to schedule a visit to learn more about Rockford University. We also offer appointments with an admission counselor and tours Monday-Saturday – give us a call at 815.226.4050 to schedule a visit!

High School Visits

We would love to have groups from your school visit us and experience Rockford University. In addition, Rockford University is pleased to visit your high school and provide financial aid presentations or classroom visits (either an admission counselor or Rockford University faculty member). Please contact Cassie Hartje at if you would like to set up a group visit to campus or a program at your school. We cap group visits to campus at 40 students and are able to accommodate 9th-12th graders.

Refer a student

Simply e-mail and provide a prospective student’s full name, address, phone number and/or e-mail address, and we will send information directly to him/her.


Admission Steps

Start the process with these first steps:

  • Complete an application – students can apply online for FREE
  • Submit official transcripts; transfer students should submit official transcripts from each institution attended
  • Submit ACT or SAT scores (first-year students)–ACT Code: 1122; SAT Code: 1665
  • Learn more >>


We award financial aid to 99% of our full-time students. Every year, Rockford University students receive more than $10 million in scholarships, grants, and other financial aid. We believe an education should be affordable. Through our scholarships, grants, and other financial aid, we work individually with prospective students and their families to determine the most beneficial financial aid package for them.  

Clubs and Organizations

Rockford University offers a variety clubs and organizations to fit just about any interest. Students can also start their own clubs. Movies, concerts, athletics, intramurals and more are offered year-round, along with traditional events such as Homecoming and Family Weekend. The Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement provides outlets for service-oriented experiences, and students can become service fellows and earn scholarships while making a difference.


Rockford University is an NCAA Division III competitor and participates in the NACC conference.

  • Men’s sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Football, Soccer
  • Women’s sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball


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.

Chat with an Admission Counselor

Meet Our Team

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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.


Jennifer Nordstrom

‌Jennifer Nordstrom ’92/’01
Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Admission


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 for 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.

Kylee Bear '17Kylee Bear ’17
Admission Counselor


My hometown is Belvidere, Ill., and I am a proud Rockford University alumna with my Bachelor of Arts in in English Literature.

My advice: Don’t be scared to push yourself out of your comfort zone! Join an existing club or start your own, always say hi to your dorm neighbors, GO to the campus events, try out for theatre productions, get a campus job, do whatever you can to get involved on campus and expand your interests. Don’t let yourself stay in a bubble of safety and experience EVERYTHING that college has to offer!

Little known fact: I’m the middle (read: best) child with a brother 12 years older than me, and another brother 12 years younger than me!

Susan Collins '16Susan Collins ’16
Transfer Admission Counselor

My hometown is Rockton, Ill. and I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Rockford University in English.

Advice? Get to know people! Make connections and friendships and relationships with everyone around you. I made so many friends and positive relationships with both students and professors while at RU and it has helped me in finding a career and gaining new experiences.

Little known fact: I love board games and am very competitive while playing them

Nick EvansNick Evans
Admission Counselor


My hometown is Rockford, IL. I attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., where I studied Marketing.

My advice is to find the college or university that not only has the academic programs that you are interested in, but also the opportunities and resources available to students that are important to you. Going on campus visits are a great way to learn about a university and everything it has to offer!

Little known fact: I was able to attend a Chicago Cubs World Series game!

Faith HaleyFaith Haley
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.


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.

Shannon ZelekShannon Zelek
Admission Counselor


While I currently live in Loves Park, Ill., my hometown is actually Poplar Grove where I attended North Boone High School. I then headed to Iowa for my Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Organizational Science at Coe College.

Advice? Be involved in the college search process, your high school, and in college! You can never have too many experiences – especially the kinds that lead you to studying abroad, being a college athlete, student leader, or having an internship. There are so many new and exciting things waiting for you as long as you make the move to achieve them. Have boundaries or know your limits, but don’t be afraid to tackle some scary and exciting moments.

Little known fact: I am a Lifetime Girl Scout who helped plan the International Girls’ World Forum in 2012 (as a high school student) which had around 500 participants from all around the world.

Ella Stenberg

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 BSMS 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 Gonzalez
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.



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.

Chat with an Admission Counselor