Whether your plan is to take classes and transfer to a four-year university or enter one of our career programs designed to get you into the workforce right away, Rock Valley College has what you are looking for. Select from one of our more than 60 transfer areas or more than 30 career programs.
At Rock Valley College, you're not just a number. Our highly respected faculty have master's degrees, doctorates and real-world experience. You won't be competing for attention in a huge lecture hall. Our average class size is 21, so you'll get a chance to interact, challenge and be challenged by your instructors.
Have fun. Try stuff. RVC gives you opportunities to get involved. There are lots of student activities to choose from. We offer more than 20 clubs and organizations. Try your hands at student government. Join the staff of our campus newspaper. What's it going to be?
Whether you are new to the college or know your way around, we have a variety of services designed to help you succeed. We're here for you every step of the way.
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, and men's and women's tennis. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won seven national championships and we have had more than 100 All-Americans.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
The Rock Valley College Mass Communication program provides those who are interested in a career in the media industry with a unique opportunity to jump-start their education. With state of the art facilities and instructors who are working media professionals, our students learn in a hands on environment that is as “real world” as it gets.
We offer instruction in audio production, sound design, television and motion picture production and teach post-production on industry standard equipment such as Avid, Final Cut Studio, and Pro-Tools. Students have access to our facilities 18 hours per day, 7 days a week and are allowed to check out a wide variety of equipment for their projects. Our facilities include a large multi-camera television studio, 7 post-production suites, Sony High Definition Video Cameras, and the areas only Steadicam unit. In addition to our facilities, students are able to obtain internships with local media outlets and with other industry professionals outside of the Rockford area.
Some of our alumni are already enjoying a great career in television and radio and others are at top schools such as Temple University, Columbia College, University of New Orleans, and Chapman University.
“Choosing the Mass Communication Department at Rock Valley College was one of the best decisions I made in order to reach my educational goals, and to jump-start my career. I highly recommend the Mass Communication Program, thanks to the staff and fellow students it was my home away from home."