Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College, or RVC, is a community college, located in Rockford, Illinois. It was established in 1964. The campus covers 217 acres. Besides its main campus, RVC also operates programs at owned facilities in the Stenstrom Center for Career Education, the Aviation Center, and the Bell School Road Center. The College is home to Bengt Sjostrom Theatre, which is known for its unique retractable roof.

RVC offers a wide variety of programs and degrees in diverse fields of study. It also holds continuing education classes at more than 50 sites situated throughout the district and it operates employment and training programs at the Illinois Employment Training Center.

RVC offers several men's and women's intercollegiate sports and the sports teams are nicknamed the Golden Eagles. They take part in various sports at the NJCAA Division III. The college has won over 100 All-Americans and seven national championships.

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Rock Valley College
3301 N Mulford Rd
Rockford , IL 61114-5699
General Phone: (815) 921-7821

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Rock Valley College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine509registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant
Liberal Arts463liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Science97biological and physical sciences
Mechanics and Repair73automobile mechanics, aircraft maintenance
Business and Management39accounting and computer science, business, business management, accounting, accounting technology, sales
Security and Law Enforcement33criminal justice and police, fire protection tech, fire services administration, fire-fighting
Computer Science and Engineering32information technology, computer applications programming, computer networking, computer security
Family and Social Work27child care provider, social work
Medical Support and Technology27dental hygienist, medical coding, respiratory care tech, surgical tech
Engineering Technician26electronics tech, industrial tech, manufacturing tech, quality control tech, construction engineering tech, CAD and design, architectural drafting
Construction Trades20construction
Medical Administration14medical transcription, medical secretary
Office and Administration8administrative assistant, office data entry
Therapy and Counseling8substance abuse counseling
Media5radio and television, printing equipment operation
Real Estate and Construction Management4construction management
Education and Teaching1teacher aide

Number of programs and degrees for Rock Valley College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year53520
Associate's degree77527
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years7610

Rock Valley College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Rock Valley College had a total enrollment of 7,923 students (5,560 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 10%
Hispanic 14%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 29%
20-21 17%
22-24 12%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 9%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Rock Valley College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 62 %
Part-Time 38 %

Rock Valley College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Rockford, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Rock Valley College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,670
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,560
Books and supplies $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Rock Valley College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 174700)

Rock Valley College Faculty

Rock Valley College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1215

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year20$76,34711$72,632
Associate professoracademic year30$64,62620$61,261
Assistant professoracademic year13$53,62020$50,627
Instructoracademic year10$48,88916$43,234
No academic rankacademic year3$53,9136$46,181
All faculty totalacademic year76$63,33573$54,870

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Rock Valley College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Accounting and Computer Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Selling Skills and Sales Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Technology

Construction Trades
Construction Trades, General

Education And Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Quality Control Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Social Work

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Biological and Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Fire Services Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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