Rockford, Illinois

About RVC

About RVC


Rock Valley College is a comprehensive two-year community college in Rockford, Illinois offering more than 100 courses for transfer, career programs and certificates.  Founded in 1964, the college is part of the 48-institution Illinois Community College System.

Service Area
All of Winnebago County, most of Boone County and portions of Ogle, Stephenson, McHenry and DeKalb counties.  The total population served is more than 340,000.

Student Profile

  • Enrollment of 8,600
  • More than 4,700 full-time
  • More than 25,000 non-credit students annually
  • Average age: 25.9 years
  • 59 percent female, 41 percent male
  • Ethnic origin: White 78%, Black 10%, Hispanic 8%, Asian 3%, Native American 0.3%.


  • 217-acre wooded campus
  • Facilities
    • Main Campus, North Mulford Road, Rockford
    • Stenstrom Center for Career Education, Samuelson Road, Rockford
    • Bell School Road Center, Bell School Road, Rockford
    • Falcon Road Center, Falcon Road, Rockford
    • North Main Street Center, North Main Street, Rockford (houses Learning and Opportunity Center and Dislocated Worker Program)
  • Bengt Sjostrom Theatre, home of Starlight Theatre
  • Comprehensive athletic complex and walking path
  • Modern classroom and labs
  • Refurbished Student Center and Educational Resource Center, newly renovated Physical Education Center, and the brand new state-of-the-art Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math

A full range of more than 30 student clubs and organizations.  The college boasts award winning student newspaper (Valley Forge) and literary magazine (Voices.)  Ten men's and women's intercollegiate sports competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NCJAA) Division III.

Public high schools in the service area

  • Rockford Auburn
  • Rockford East
  • Rockford Guilford
  • Rockford Jefferson
  • Belvidere
  • Belvidere North
  • Machesney Park Harlem
  • Rockton Hononegah
  • Byron
  • Durand
  • Oregon
  • Pecatonica
  • North Boone
  • South Beloit
  • Stillman Valley
  • Winnebago

Private high schools* in the service area

  • Boylan Catholic
  • Christian Life Schools
  • Firstborn Christian Academy
  • Keith Country Day
  • Rockford Lutheran
  • Lydia Urban Academy-Rockford
  • North Love Christian
  • Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy
  • Regents Christian Academy
  • Rock River Academy
  • Rockford Christian Schools
  • Rockford Iqra' School
*List of schools provided by the National Center for Education. This list may not reflect all private high schools in the RVC district.

Services to Business and Industry

  • Business and Professional Institute (customized training and technical assistance)
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center
  • Illinois Small Business Development Center
  • Rock River Valley Entrepreneurship Center

outside student group

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