Rockford University is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. Located in Rockford, IL just 90 miles northwest of Chicago, the campus spans 150 acres providing big city amenities on an intimate campus setting. Our small class sizes allow students to receive the attention and personalized learning experiences they deserve. We are proud of how well we bring together our diverse collection of student communities so they can share experiences, explore cultures, and work together to achieve their dreams.

Academic Programs

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines

First-year

Applying to Rockford University is easy. All students are required to submit official transcripts from their high school.  Test scores are optional, as we believe your high school coursework provides a stronger picture of your academic ability.  However, if you feel test scores will provide a more complete picture, we are happy to consider them.  International students may be asked to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to demonstrate English proficiency.  Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and you should know your admission status within two days of submitting all required materials.

Transfer

Applying to Rockford University is easy. All students are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.  International students may be asked to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to demonstrate English proficiency.  We do not require test scores or essays.  Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis meaning you can apply up until the start of each semester. You should know your admission status within two days of submitting all required materials.  Transfer credit evaluation will begin as soon as you are admitted to the university.

Additional Information

We believe in the power of education, and we work around the clock to ensure that the stellar education provided at Rockford University is affordable and attainable regardless of your economic background. 99 percent of our full-time students receive financial aid of some kind for a total of over $10 million in given financial aid funds. Our admissions team and financial aid staff can help guide you through the process of securing scholarships, grants, and other sources of financial aids to help ensure that your dreams become a reality.

Visit us

We’d love to show and tell you more—in fact, we believe the best way to get to know us and our solid opportunities is to visit our departments, classrooms, athletic facilities, library, performing and visual arts venues, food and recreation centers, and beautiful pathways within our park-like, 150-acre campus. Visits are available Monday-Saturday and include a tour of campus, meeting with your admission counselor, learning about financial aid, talking to coaches or faculty and even lunch! If you haven’t seen our campus, you’re missing out.

When I came here and saw that there would be the opportunity to have a balance between having a life, being a student, and also playing sports, that kind of made the decision for me.

Zach Wallace, Political Science Major, '17
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location
Address

5050 E State St
Rockford, IL 61108-2311, United States of America

Phone number

8152264050

Region

Midwest

Midwest