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Your Rock Solid Future Awaits.

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Take advantage of the opportunity to pursue more than 80 majors, minors, and programs, and experience all that a small, close-knit community of communities can offer including: practical experiences, global perspectives, and one-on-one research with faculty members.

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.

Visit Campus

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.

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, 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

12/09/2016 4:01 pm


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

12/09/2016 3:48 pm


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


The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that institutions participating in the federal student loan programs develop, publish and enforce a code of conduct with respect to student loans.

Rockford University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Stafford Loan Program.  Loans offered through this program are the Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans for students, the PLUS Loan for parents of dependent students and the Grad PLUS Loan for graduate students.  Rockford University is committed to the highest standard of ethics and conduct and has adopted the following Code of Conduct by which all loan programs directly administered by the Office of Student Administrative Services (SAS) must adhere.


Revenue Sharing

Rockford University prohibits all SAS employees from any revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender, guarantor or servicer.  Rockford University prohibits all SAS employees from promoting or recommending any product from said lender, guarantor or servicer.



Rockford University prohibits any SAS employee from accepting or soliciting any gifts from a lender, guarantor or servicer. The term “gift” is defined as any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan or other items valued at more than a de minimus  amount.  This also includes any services, transportation, lodging, or meals, whether provided in kind, by purchase of a ticket, payment in advance or by reimbursement.


Contracting Arrangements

Rockford University prohibits any SAS employee from accepting compensation for serving on a board of directors of a lender, guarantor or servicer.


Preferred Lender Lists

Rockford University allows students the freedom to choose any private loan lender and does not assign a specific lender nor will we prohibit or delay a certification based on the student’s choice.


Offers of Funds for Private Loans

Rockford University prohibits acceptance of offers of funds for private loans including funds for opportunity pool loans from any lender, guarantor or servicer in return for special concessions toward a lender, guarantor or servicer.


Advisory Board Compensation

Rockford University prohibits any SAS employee from accepting any form of compensation from a lender, guarantor or servicer for serving on an advisory board, commission or other group established by such lender, guarantor or servicer or a group of lenders /guarantors.


Staffing Assistance

Rockford University and the Office of Student Administrative Services will not accept any offer from a lender, guarantor or servicer for staffing assistance within said office.


This Code of Conduct will be the policy by which the Office of Student Administrative Services will conduct their student loan programs.

Loan Information

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William D. Ford Direct Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan –Eligibility determined by grade level and need. Must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If approved, lifetime aggregate amount up to $23,000 for all undergraduate study. Interest is subsidized as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time. Repayment and interest accumulation begin six months after graduation on a monthly basis. Repayment extendable to 10 years with minimum monthly payments of $50. Students must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN), Entrance Counseling, signed award letter, and the 2018-2019 Federal Direct Loan Request Form  or 2017-2018 Federal Direct Loan Request Form‌  before their loans can be processed.  Please visit to complete the MPN and Entrance Counseling requirements on-line.  Students must log-in with their own FSA ID.  Current interest rate can be found here and the current origination fee is 1.066%.

William D. Ford Direct Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan –Same as subsidized Stafford, except not based on financial need. Students are responsible for quarterly interest on the loan while in attendance at college. Interest accumulates immediately at a fixed rate and the current interest rate can be found here.  The current origination fee is 1.066%.  Students may or may not choose to pay interest on the loan while in attendance at college.

Federal Perkins Loan – Is available to students who demonstrate need and meet institutional criteria as long as funds are available. Interest is subsidized as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time.  Interest is fixed at 5% and repayment starts nine months after the student leaves or is enrolled less than half-time.

Direct Federal PARENT Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) 
This is a Parent loan for dependent students. Parents may borrow the difference between the student’s cost of education and all other financial assistance. The current origination fee is 4.264%.  Interest is fixed and the current interest rate can be found online.  Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed and is not based on financial need. Interest accrues beginning on the date of the loan’s first disbursement. A parent may elect to defer payments until student graduates through forbearance options.   Click here to begin the application process.  Please keep in mind that the parent will apply under their own FSA ID.

Additional Private Student Loans– Several financial institutions provide low-interest loans for students who might need additional assistance after federal loan options are used. The various loans differ by interest rate, interest capitalization, guarantee fees, and co-signer options. Students may need a creditworthy cosigner in order to obtain a private loan.  Many students have found that applying with a co-signer often results in a lower interest rate.  Interest begins accruing at disbursement but in most cases no payment is required until six months after graduation or a student drops below half-time enrollment. We recommend that students compare several lenders before selecting a private loan.

Loan Regulations

Rockford University is required by federal regulations to comply with individual lender terms and cannot certify a loan for more than your eligibility as determined by the student cost of attendance minus any other available financial aid.  If you have any questions regarding cost of attendance, please contact Student Administrative Services (SAS).   Rockford University does not participate in revenue-sharing practices, referral fee arrangements, or private loan application fee payments.

Code of Conduct for Educational Loans


Entrance/Exit Counseling Federal Requirements

Entrance and Exit Counseling are required for all federal student loans. These counseling sessions provide a borrowing student with information on his/her rights and responsibilities as a borrower as well as repayment information and options. These sessions also explain the consequences for failing to repay a student loan. Exit Counseling also includes a review of debt management strategies and loan forgiveness options. Entrance counseling is required before a student can receive a Federal Direct Loan and Exit Counseling is required once a student drops below half-time enrollment and received a federal loan.  Entrance and Exit Counseling can be completed online

Perkins Loan Exit Counseling is completed at

National Student Loan Data System

Students can also use this Web site to access information about federal loan amounts, outstanding loan balances, status, record of disbursements, and servicer contact information.

2018-2019 Federal Direct Loan Request Form

2017-2018 Federal Direct Loan Request Form