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Admission

Families

12/03/2018 2:13 pm

Parents

Choices.

The college search is all about choices.

  • Small or large
  • Less than an hour or 4+ hours from home
  • Lectures or 1:1
  • Living on campus or off
  • To do the FAFSA or not

Aside from the last option (you DO want to do the FAFSA), you have options. And we’d just like to say, thanks. Thank you for considering Rockford University for your student.

The right education is life-changing. It not only prepares your student for a successful career, but also for the world. Below, see what you and your student can expect from Rockford University.

In short, Rockford University is a Rock Solid choice. It’s a unique place with small class sizes, close connections, and educational experiences you will not find anywhere else in the region. We’re anxious to help your student see how they can be successful here.

Curious to learn more? Visit us. We’re here to help, so let’s chat about the choices surrounding your student’s college search, financial aid, our Rock Solid academics, student support, safety… give us a call at 815.226.4050 or sign up to visit today at rockford.edu/visit.

Rock Solid Support
  • Faculty is dedicated to teaching your student and helping them realize and exceed their own expectations
  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1
  • Faculty and staff serve as mentors and are ready to support your student’s goals and social development
  • Support services:
    • Tutoring and Writing Centers
    • Center for Learning Strategies
    • Career Development Office
    • Health and Wellness
    • Disability Services
    • Student Success & Retention
Community
  • Close-knit campus that feels like family
  • Opportunities to connect classroom learning to practical situations
  • Plenty of fun/school-sponsored activities outside of the classroom. Plus, the added benefit of planning campus activities and gaining valuable leadership skills
  • 14 Division III sports to compete in or cheer on
  • Unlimited opportunities to personally grow on campus
  • Choice between small house residence halls, a larger living complex, and commuting
  • 24/7 Department of Public Safety to keep your student safe
Career Preparation
  • Internships, job shadowing, mock interviews, and resume help
  • Faculty and staff are well connected to the community. Those connections provide students with opportunities and internships that open doors upon graduation
  • Rigorous liberal arts education will help your student understand a broad scope of ideas and concepts
  • Long and proud tradition of service that extends beyond the classroom
Opportunities
  • Short-term and semester-long study abroad programs
  • Student Opportunity Fund (funding opportunities for research, travel, conferences, and more)
  • Graduate-level experiences in our undergraduate programs
Affordability
  • 99% of our full-time students receive financial aid
  • Check out our handy guide on how to pay for a Rockford University education

Office of Admission
Nelson Hall--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4050
Fax 815-226-2822
Office of Admission
Admissions@rockford.edu

Hours:
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

Quiz Results

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Rock Solid Quiz

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Open House

06/04/2018 9:46 am

Adult and Graduate Admission Open House

Please join us and attend one of our open houses, held each Tuesday in July. 

Reserve your spot today:

Register online through EventBrite or call 815-226-4040

We look forward to speaking to you about becoming Rock Solid with one of the following programs:

Adult & Graduate Admission Open House

AdmissionTuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rockford University5050 E. State St. 
Rockford, IL61108 United States

Attend one of our informational open house sessions to explore your opportunities to advance your career in business or education.

 

Adult & Graduate Admission Open House

AdmissionTuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rockford University5050 E. State St. 
Rockford, IL61108 United States

Attend one of our informational open house sessions to explore your opportunities to advance your career in business or education.

 

Adult & Graduate Admission Open House

AdmissionTuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rockford University5050 E. State St. 
Rockford, IL61108 United States

Attend one of our informational open house sessions to explore your opportunities to advance your career in business or education.


Adult & Graduate Admission Open House

AdmissionTuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rockford University5050 E. State St.

Rockford, IL61108 United States

Attend one of our informational open house sessions to explore your opportunities to advance your career in business or education.


Afford

02/01/2018 6:54 pm

How to Pay for Your Rockford University Education

Investing in your future is money well spent. Paying for college is one of the most important investments that you’ll make, so we’re here to help you along the way.

Make your deposit now

We’re excited to hear that you’ll be joining us soon! Make your deposit now to secure your spot in the next incoming class.

A Few Scenarios

Financial aid packages are personalized to each student. The below scenarios should only be used as a guide to understand what options are available to pay for your Rockford University education. When you receive your estimated or official financial aid package, aid based on your academic achievement, FAFSA results, housing plans, and unique situation will be presented.

 

Bobby

Bobby is a new first-year student from Illinois that is planning to live on campus. He has a 3.0 GPA and an 1120 on his SAT. He received his Student Aid Report (his FAFSA results) and he has an estimated family contribution (EFC) of $13,000. His financial aid package provided the following:

$13,000: Rockford University Scholarship
$5,000: Rockford University Grant
$5,500: Federal Loans

Bobby’s parents applied for the Parent Plus loan and were approved. Bobby also contributed money from his 529 savings plan. Because he plans to work on campus to cover the remaining balance, he set up a payment plan.

 

Janet

Janet is a new first-year student from Texas with a 3.60 GPA and an 1190 SAT score. She plans to live on campus and her EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) is $0. Her financial aid package included the following:

$14,000: Rockford University Scholarship
$5,920: Pell Grant
$3,000: Rockford University Out-of-State Grant
$2,000: Rockford University Grant
$5,500: Federal Loans

Janet’s parents applied for the Parent Plus loan and were denied. Due to the denial, Janet was offered an additional $4,000 in unsubsidized federal loans. Janet worked all summer to help pay for college and she applied those dollars to her bill. She also took out an additional private loan to cover the balance.

 

Office of Admission
Nelson Hall--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4050
Fax 815-226-2822
Office of Admission
Admissions@rockford.edu

Hours:
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

Request More Information

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Continue Your Story

04/13/2017 11:25 am

Graduation

Continue Your Story

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.

Department Information

Office of Admission
Nelson Hall--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4050
Fax 815-226-2822
Office of Admission
Admissions@rockford.edu

Hours:
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

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

Loan Processes

02/20/2017 11:07 am

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, 2019-2020 Federal Direct Loan Request Form or  2018-2019 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 studentloans.gov. 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 studentloans.gov.

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.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

Parent and student loan information (Federal Student Loans) will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System.  Guaranty agencies, lenders and schools determined to be authorized users will have access to the loan data.  You can visit the NSLDS website to review your federal information.