Earn Your Degree

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Rock Solid MBA.

Ready to take your career to the next level?

Housed in the Puri School of Business, our Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offers small classes and a professional, experienced, and dedicated faculty, providing our MBA graduate students with a quality learning experience.

At Rockford University, we focus on helping you become well and truly educated for life. You’re not just getting a degree; you’re preparing for the careers of today and tomorrow!

Contact Us: (815) 226-4040

Request MBA Information

Our Program Features



Flexible, evening format for working adults. Our students work alongside peers from a variety of professional industries and backgrounds.



Competitively priced with grant opportunities available.


Complete your master’s degree in as little as 24 months (based upon transferable credits).


Conveniently located on the campus of Rockford University and housed in the Puri School of Business with state-of-the-art facilities, including the Bloomberg Business Lab.

Added Benefits

You’ll get access to the Rockford University community—computer labs, sporting events, performing arts, fitness center, library and all. In addition, dinner is included with your tuition!

Rockford University’s MBA program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

Privacy Policy Agreement

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Thank you for visiting Rockford University’s (“RU’s”) website(s) and service(s).  Your privacy is important to us.  To better protect your privacy, we’ve developed this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used within our sites and services.  Please read on for more details about our privacy policy.

This Privacy Policy Agreement shall apply to all information collected by Rockford University through the use of its website(s). Through the use of https://www.rockford.edu you are herein consenting to the following data procedures expressed within this agreement.


Collection of Information

This website collects various types of information, such as:

  • Voluntarily provided information which may include your name, address, email address, billing and / or credit card information, etc., which may be used when you purchase products and or services, give gifts and/or services and to deliver the services you have requested.
  • Information automatically collected when visiting our website, which may include cookies, third party tracking technologies and server logs.

With the exception of the information automatically collected as described above, this site only collects personal information that you knowingly and willingly provide by way of surveys, completed membership forms, and emails. It is the intent of this site to use personal information only for the purpose for which it was requested and for any additional uses specifically provided on this site.

Rockford University may have the occasion to collect anonymous demographic information, such as age and gender at a later time. We may also gather information about the type of browser you are using, IP address or type of operating system to assist us in providing and maintaining superior quality service.

It is highly recommended and suggested that you review the privacy policies and statements of any website you choose to use or frequent as a means to better understand the way in which other websites garner, make use of and share information collected.


Use of Information Collected

Rockford University may collect and may make use of personal information provided through this website to assist in the operation of our website and to ensure delivery of the services you need and request. At times, we may find it necessary to use personally identifiable information as a means to keep you informed of other possible products and/or services that may be available to you from https://www.rockford.edu . Rockford University may also be in contact with you with regards to completing surveys and/or research questionnaires related to your opinion of current or potential future services that may be offered.

Rockford University may deem it necessary to follow websites and/or pages that our users may frequent in an effort to glean what types of services and/or products may be the most popular to customers or the general public.


Disclosure to Third Parties

Rockford University does not sell, rent, give away or lease any of the information collected through its website to any identifiable information regarding users of this website to third parties other than agents and contractors of Rockford University.  Agents and contractors of Rockford University who have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this privacy policy by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for Rockford University.

Rockford University may disclose your personal information collected through its website to a third party if it believes in good faith that such action is deemed necessary or is required to:

  • Comply with the law;
  • Enforce or apply the terms of any of our user agreements;
  • Maintain, safeguard and/or preserve all the rights and/or property of Rockford University; and
  • Perform under demanding conditions in an effort to safeguard the personal safety of users of https://www.rockford.edu and/or the general public.


Links to Other Web Sites

Our website does contain links to affiliate and other websites. Rockford University does not claim nor accept responsibility for any privacy policies, practices and/or procedures of other such websites.

Therefore, we encourage all users and visitors to be aware when they leave our website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. The aforementioned Privacy Policy Agreement applies only and solely to the information collected by our website.



Rockford University has put into place physical, procedural and technical security with respect to our offices and information storage facilities to help prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or modification of the user’s personal information collected online.

Rockford University also uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) for authentication and private communications in an effort to build users’ trust and confidence in the internet and website use by providing simple and secure access and communication of credit card and personal information.


Changes to Privacy Policy Agreement

Rockford University reserves the right to update and/or change the terms of its privacy policy, and as such we will post those change to our website homepage at https://www.rockford.edu, so that our users and/or visitors are always aware of the type of information we collect, how it will be used, and under what circumstances, if any, we may disclose such information.


Acceptance of Terms

Through the use of this website, you are hereby accepting the terms and conditions stipulated within the aforementioned Privacy Policy Agreement. If you are not in agreement with our terms and conditions, then you should refrain from further use of our sites. In addition, your continued use of our website following the posting of any updates or changes to our terms and conditions shall mean that you are in agreement and acceptance of such changes.


How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Privacy Policy Agreement related to our website, please feel free to contact us at the following email, telephone number or mailing address.

Email: gwallace@rockford.edu
Telephone Number: 815-226-4000

Mailing Address:
Rockford University
5050 E State St
Rockford, Illinois 61108



Social Media Guide

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Social Media Guide

Give your social media an RU Day of Giving makeover:

Social Media Profile Photos:


Facebook Profile Photo Frames:

An RU Day of Giving frame is available on Facebook to overlay on your current profile photo. To apply the frame follow these steps:

1.  Go to your Facebook profile
2. Click your current profile photo
3. Select “Add Frame”
4. Search for “Rockford University”
5. Select “Use”


Facebook Profile Cover Photo:

Right click the images above to save to your device.
Need help with with changing your Facebook profile and cover photos? Click here to learn how.

Spread the Word

Be sure to use #RUNeedsU and #RUDoubleYourGift on social media!

Below are several suggested posts you can personalize and share on your own social media accounts.

Day of Giving 2018 is here and #RUNeedsU! Gifts at any level make a positive impact on Rock Solid Regents. #RUDoubleYourGift Today we celebrate philanthropy and Rockford University! Double your impact by making a gift at www.rockford.edu/dayofgiving
#RUNeedsU #RUDoubleYourGift
Join me on this Day of Giving in support of Rockford University.
#RUNeedsU #RUDoubleYourGift

Share Your Story

Share any aspect of your Regent experience that was particularly important for your growth and development. What made your experience at Rockford University so meaningful? Was it an internship? Hands on research? Or maybe your experience studying abroad?

We want to hear your story on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You may also consider sharing personal photos from your time as student at RU with your post.

To go back to our Day of Giving hub, click here.

Office of Development
Johnson Alumni Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax 815-226-4081
Jeffrey Hohn, Charter Fund Coordinator

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Stay Connected

Follow Rockford University on social media for the most recent updates!

2018 Heart Art Gallery

02/15/2018 1:12 pm

50/50 Raffle – Thank You!

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50/50 Raffle Purchase – Thank You

Your 50/50 Gala Raffle Ticket has been received. 

Thank you.


For any questions contact our office.

Email: Lauren Prchal
Phone: 815.394.5190

VP for Student Life Search

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Position Profile

Rockford University is accepting nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President is the Senior Student Affairs Officer of the institution and is a member of the President’s Executive Council. The Vice President provides vision, leadership and management oversight to student life programs and services including, at present, Residential Life, Student Activities, Career Services, Title IX and Compliance, Judicial Affairs, Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement, and Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling & Disability Services. The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students should be an exceptional student advocate, facilitate and enhance communication between students and administration; expand opportunities for social interaction and student development; and ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, city ordinances and Rockford University policies, while fostering a creative, vibrant, and inclusive student experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate directors within Student Life including, at present, Director of Residence Life/Assistant Dean of Students, Career Services Director, Director for the Jane Adams Center for Civic Engagement (open), Title IX and Compliance Officer (open), Director of Student Activities, and Director of Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling & Disability Services.  
  • Provide leadership and support to all professional, administrative, and student staff assigned to Student Life.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of a comprehensive, integrated student life program that is supported by a student life mission statement, department goals, and co-curricular learning goals.
  • Provide vision, leadership, and management oversight and evaluation for all student life programs and services.
  • Participate in and support ongoing efforts associated with University-wide retention efforts.
  • Participate in and support ongoing efforts associated with Behavioral Intervention Team.
  • Participate in and support ongoing efforts associated with compliance to Title IX; depending on background and experience, the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students may serve as the Title IX Officer.
  • Evaluate and advocate staffing needs.
  • Conduct regular meetings with student life directors as well as individual (area specific) meetings on a regular basis to provide support and keep an on-going pulse of projects, accomplishments, set backs, needs, and professional development.
  • Provide professional development opportunities to staff members.
  • Oversee all budgets within Student Life.
  • Provide articulation, advocacy, and problem resolution with students as they interact with each other, faculty, staff, the University, and the community.
  • Develop policies, programs, and services that minimize University liability in the areas of judicial affairs/student conduct, residence life, and campus activities.
  • Manage and maintain the Rockford University Student Handbook (convene regular reviews and recommend policy revisions to ensure that the University is in compliance with federal and state laws, city ordinances and legislation).
  • Oversee student discipline/adjudication and ensure that established judicial procedures are followed and due process is practiced. 
  • Appoint designated hearing officers and when necessary, advise hearing officers on questions and procedures.
  • Work closely with the Rockford University Chief of Police and Director of Residence Life to ensure consistency regarding policy implementation and enforcement. 
  • Work with the Emergency Response Committee to design and implement emergency protocols pertaining to campus life.
  • Respond to crisis situations/provide crisis intervention when necessary.
  • Work collaboratively with the University administration for long range planning including space needs, budgets, capital expenses, and facilities related to student life as well as enrollment and retention goals.
  • Represent Student Life at the Board of Trustees meetings as well as the Student Life Committee of the Board.
  • Provide regular updates/reports at Faculty Meetings (both written and verbal); and written updates to President.
  • Coordinate and compile End of Year Reports for all areas within Student Life.  
  • Represent Student Life by being a contributing member on several University committees such as Academic Standards, Admission and Retention, Enrollment Management, Emergency Response Committee, Behavioral Intervention Team.
  • Represent Student Life (and student development) to the campus community.
  • Ensure proper advising to Student Government and to all Rockford University clubs & organizations.
  • Oversee use of the Student Center.
  • Coordinate administration of student awards.
  • Any other reasonable requests by supervisor/administration to ensure the effective and efficient operation of Rockford University.

The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students is expected to consult and use information from professional associations such as American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Association for Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA), and the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Supervisory Responsibilities:

In addition to direct reporting, the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students will indirectly supervise, Residence Hall Directors, graduate assistants, interns, and student workers employed within the student life arena. 

Job Requirements:

  • Experience – The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students should have a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in higher education, with a minimum of five years experience in residence life, judicial programs, and crisis management. A master’s degree is required in Higher Education, Counseling, Student Personnel Services, or similar field; and experience with, and an understanding of, best practices at a private, residential, liberal arts 4-year campus. Doctorate preferred.
  • Knowledge – Understanding of student development practice and theory. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Must have proven customer service orientation. Ability to multi-task and handle a fast paced environment is essential. Must be self-driven and a strong team player/leader. Finally, strong verbal and written communication skills are essential with a clear understanding of Title IX, FERPA, NCAA, federal and state laws, city ordinances, University policy and confidentiality.
  • Problem Solving – The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students must be detail orientated and possess strong leadership, judgment, managerial, organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to evaluate situations and establish effective courses of action. (Emergency/Crisis and Discipline situations.)
  • Professionalism – The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students must be committed to the highest standard of professionalism, integrity, excellence and diversity. 

Unusual Working Conditions

On-call to respond to emergency situations. Long weekdays and some weekends of work are required.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About Rockford University

Rockford University is a co-educational four-year private institution located in Rockford, Illinois. Chartered in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary, the institution became Rockford College® in 1892 and became fully co-educational in 1958. On July 1, 2013 the college transitioned to Rockford University.

Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience,” the University currently serves approximately 1,300 full-and part-time students. The University is pleased to continue to grow its enrollment. Best known of the university’s graduates is Jane Addams (1881), founder of Chicago’s Hull-House and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (1931). The University educates men and women 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.  The University has approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. At the graduate level, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Master of Education (MEd).

On October 8, 2015, the University proudly announced the public phase of its capital campaign, Rock Solid & Ready: The Campaign for Rockford University. Through this campaign, the University will raise $17.3 million to enhance our campus environment and the student experience.

More About Rockford, Ill.

Located in northern Illinois just 90 miles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Chicago, the City of Rockford is situated on a scenic riverfront and is home to 150,000 people who enjoy an urban atmosphere with the resources and benefits of a larger regional, combined statistical area of over 450,000. Known as the “City of Gardens,” Rockford has 7,000 acres of parks and public gardens. Within a few miles of the Rockford University campus, there are numerous restaurants, theaters, clubs, coffeehouses, museums, and galleries.

More information about Rockford:

Search Process and Timeline

Rockford University is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt – Fennell.  Nominations and application materials should be submitted via email to Rockford@hyatt-fennell.com. Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for five professional references and should be submitted in separate documents. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to MARCH 23, 2018 to receive full consideration.  All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential. Rockford University is an AA/EOE employer.

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For more information, please contact:
Cheryl Hyatt

Department Information

VPSL Search Committee
Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Bernard (Bern) Sundstedt ’77, MFA, Chair


Released in 2014, our Regional Economic Impact Analysis quantified the added value Rockford University generates for our regional community. In total, Rockford University and our students generated an additional $118.1 million in income to the economy.

2017 Reunion Photo Gallery

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Accelerate Your Career

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Accelerate your career.

Ready to take your career to the next level?

Our Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS), housed within the PURI School of Business, offers a true liberal arts education. Our Rock Solid program is designed to provide a quality educational experience for adult learners in an accelerated format.

At Rockford University, we focus on helping you become well and truly educated for life. You’re not just getting a degree; you’re preparing for the careers of today and tomorrow!

Contact Us: (815) 226-4040

Request Information

Our Program Features



Accelerated, evening format for working adults. Our cohort-style setting emphasizes collaboration among peers from a variety of professional industries and backgrounds.



Competitively priced with financial aid opportunities.


Complete your bachelor’s degree within as little as 24 months (based upon transferable credits)


Conveniently located on the campus of Rockford University and housed in the Puri School of Business with state-of-the-art facilities, including the Bloomberg Business Lab.

Added Benefits

You’ll get access to the Rockford University community—computer labs, sporting events, performing arts, fitness center, library and all. In addition, dinner is included with your tuition!

Rockford University’s Bachelor of Science in Management Studies program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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