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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 11 national championships and we have had more than 130 All-Americans.
Rock Valley College has made it easier for working adults to complete an Associate of Arts degree that focuses on business by attending class one night a week on Tuesdays.
Next classes begin January 2014!
To make it possible to complete an AA degree in 2.5 years as a part-time student, classes are presented in a"cohort model." Simply stated, a cohort is a group of students who take classes together and complete the program at the same time.
Benefits of a Cohort
Some of the major benefits of cohort programs include:
The Spring 2014 classes will be held at RVC's Stenstrom Center for Career Education, located at 4151 Samuelson Road (next to Jefferson High School). Although classes will be held at Stenstrom Center, you may complete the Getting Started steps at either the Stenstrom Center or on the main campus, whichever is most convenient for you (see below).
Note: If you wish to complete the Getting Started steps at the Stenstrom Center, please call 815-921-4146.
Getting Started Steps (Main Campus):
1. Fill out the Enrollment Information in person at the Information Center located on the first floor of the Student Center or online at www.rockvalleycollege.edu/enrollmentform.
2. Fill out an ABT Program Form and return it to RVC at the address listed on the form.
3. Submit high school transcript or GED completion certificate to the Records and Registration Office.
4. Complete placement testing at our Testing Center. For an appointment, call (815) 921-2380.
Walk-in testing is available from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All new students are required to test in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading unless they meet one of the following waiver requirements:
If you meet any of the above criteria, you must submit appropriate documentation to the Records and Registration office for verification as soon as possible. Students must have a valid photo ID to complete testing.
Special note regarding placement testing — to be eligible for ABT Cohort Program, students must test into college-level placements in all three subject areas—reading, English and math. Students testing into remedial courses can discuss options with the Program Academic Advisor to review options for remediation prior to program acceptance. For more information about placement testing, please visit our website at www.rockvalleycollege.edu/placementtest.
5. Register for and attend a mandatory Educational Planning Session (EPS) online or by calling (815) 921-4080. You will receive information regarding the registration process, residency, tuition options, prerequisites, deadlines, and other essential Rock Valley College information.
6. Make an appointment with Dr. Howard Spearman, ABT Advisor regarding Rock Valley College courses at (815) 921-4109.
7. Register and pay for your classes.
Information for Transfer Students
If you have attended another college or university, and will be transferring credits to Rock Valley to complete a Rock Valley degree or certificate program, you should contact us to request to have your prior credits evaluated. This will determine what, if any, of your courses meet our requirements. Request your college/university to send your transcripts to Rock Valley College, Attention: Records and Registration Office, 3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114. Call for an evaluation at (815) 921-4250.
Betty Villalobos-Hallmann, M.S.E.
Adult Recruitment Coordinator
Howard Spearman, Ph.D.
Director of Transfer Advising and Student Success