Rockford College

Rockford College

Rockford College, also referred to as RC, was established in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary. The college was rechristened as Rockford College in 1892. Located in Rockford, Illinois, it became a co-educational institution in the beginning of the academic year of 1955-56. More than a thousand students enroll every year.

The institution offers undergraduate and pre-professional programs in various fields of study, including, performing arts, classics, anthropology and sociology. The two graduate programs available are: Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Arts in Teaching. The RC curriculum and faculty is arranged in the following divisions:

  • Division of Arts and Humanities
  • Division of Science, Mathematics and Learning
  • Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education

The college athletics department fields both men's and women's teams for basketball, tennis, soccer and cross-country. Nicknamed as the Regents, the teams compete in the third division of NCAA. Recreational club sports, like, dodge ball are played on campus as well.

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Rockford College
5050 E State St
Rockford , IL 61108-2393
General Phone: (815) 226-4000

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Rockford College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching277education, curriculum and instruction, education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher education, art education, English teaching, foreign language teaching, ...
Business and Management65business management, business administration, accounting
Liberal Arts25German language, Romance languages, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, Latin language, English, social services, economics, ...
Therapy and Counseling24psychology
Science18biology, biochemistry, chemistry
Nursing and Emergency Medicine16registered nursing
Art Studies5art studies
Music4music, music history and theory, various music studies
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy
Drama and Performing Arts1drama
Fine Arts0art history and criticism

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree21933
Master's degree22613

Rockford College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Rockford College had a total enrollment of 1,566 students (1,469 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 60%
Women 41%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 34%
Graduate 66%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 61%
Black 4%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 28%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 11%
20-21 15%
22-24 15%
25-29 16%
30-34 9%
35-39 7%
40-49 10%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

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

New York1%
New Jersey1%

Rockford College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 57 %

Rockford College Room and Board (2007)

Rockford College offers campus housing for 396 of its 1,469 (full-time) students.

(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 offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Rockford College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT9%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Rockford College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,500
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,500
Room and board $ 6,750
Room charge $ 3,850
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,900
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 3,250

Financial Aid:
Rockford College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 174800)

Rockford College Faculty

Rockford College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track76
Non-tenured and not on tenure track45

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year18$61,7697$51,704
Associate professoracademic year11$47,6078$50,768
Assistant professoracademic year8$44,30010$41,655
Instructoracademic year2*3$38,333
All faculty totalacademic year39$53,02428$46,415

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

Rockford College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Latin Language and Literature
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music, General
Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
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checked On-campus library
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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