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 program leading to the General Studies degree is neither primarily baccalaureate (transfer) oriented nor primarily occupational oriented. It is an individualized program, permitting flexibility in the selection of courses. Students will qualify for the Associate in General Studies degree when they have satisfied the following requirements:
1. Enter into a contract with a counselor establishing an individualized program. This contract will include the following points agreed upon by the student and their counselor and approved by the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
a. A general education component which must include:
• ENG 101 and SPH 131.
• A mathematics course numbered 100 or above.
• A social science course numbered 100 or above.
• A humanities course numbered 100 or above (as defined in the A.A. degree humanities requirement).
• A science course numbered 100 or above.
• Career requirement (1-3 semester credits). Students must complete one course from the following electives: STU 101 (Career Planning), BUS 101 (Introduction to Business), BUS 105 (Consumer Economics and Personal Finance), CIS 102 (Introduction to Computers and Information Systems), CIS 202 (Introduction to Business Computer Systems).
b. A minimum of 15 semester credits in one of the following areas of concentration:
• Business – All courses in the Business Division.
• Composition and Literature – All courses numbered 100 to 299.
• Computers and Information Systems – All courses.
• Humanities – All courses in art, music, literature, philosophy, THE 133, HUM 111, HUM 112, HUM 114, HUM 115, and SPH 202.
• Life/Physical Sciences – All courses in the Life and Physical Sciences divisions.
• Mathematics – All mathematics courses numbered 100 to 299.
• Modern Languages – All modern language courses.
• Physical Education – All 200 level courses (FWS).
• Health and Service Careers – All courses in the Allied Health and Human Services Division.
• Social Sciences – All courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities Division.
• Technology – All courses in the Technology Division.
• Technical – All courses in the Technical Programs Division.
2. Complete all provisions of the contract. Once the agreement has been defined, it cannot be changed without the approval of a counselor and the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
3. Earn a minimum of 12 semester credits at Rock Valley College in fall and spring semesters or summer sessions following the term in which the student entered into the contract.
4. Earn a minimum of 64 semester credits in courses numbered 100 through 299 (excluding certificate-level courses so indicated under “Course Descriptions”) with a grade point average of at least 2.0.
5. Successfully complete a U.S. and Illinois Constitution test, either in high school or college.
6. Successful completion of 20 semester credits at Rock Valley College.
Students may earn a maximum of three semester credits in physical education activity classes (FWS 100-199) toward the Associate in General Studies Degree.