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!
Rock Valley College prepares you for transfer
A checklist for transfer:
Admittance to a four-year college/university is based on your Rock Valley College grade point average (GPA). Although some four-year colleges and universities will admit you with a 2.0 GPA, many of the college programs require up to 3.75 GPA. Many students are competing for limited seats in popular areas of study; your GPA can either limit or broaden your career options.
2. Visit the Transfer and University Center to see the resources available to you during your transfer institution search.
The Transfer and University Center, on the top floor of the Student Center, offers Internet access, college/career search programs, applications, scholarship information, college catalogs, and more.
3. Investigate possible career paths.
Your counselor/advisor in the Career and Transfer Counseling Center can discuss possible career paths with you. The Career and Placement Center also has labor information and career interest survey that can help you make a good decision.
4. Plan your RVC course selection with transferring in mind
Your RVC counselor/adviser will assist you with planning RVC course selection. Transfer guides for many four-year colleges/universities are available. Because transfer requirements change frequently, you should verify all transfer information directly with the four-year institution.
5. Research possible four-year colleges and universities.
6. Visit Campuses synchronously/asynchronously
You will be able to make better choices if you can experience the campus of the colleges/universities you are considering. Virtual tours are accessible on the Internet. College/university representatives who visit RVC will give you updated information; the representative visit schedule is available at the Transfer and University Center or on EdNet.
7. Decide on a major.
The sooner that you can decide on a specific course of study, the sooner your course selection will be appropriate.
1. STUDY!!! Keep that GPA up!!!
2. Broaden or Narrow your four-year college/university choices to three choices.
3. Visit college/university campuses
Call the Admissions Office and schedule an appointment for your visit. You may want to make appointments with other offices: Financial Aid, Records Office (bring your transcript with you), coaches, disability services, or club advisors.
4. Investigate financial aid options.
Submit your FAFSA annually. Research scholarship possibilities (a high GPA can help, but so can community service, club or athletic participation). Carefully read all of the fine print concerning study loan packages.
5. Prepare admissions paperwork
6. Mark your calendar
Every college/university have unique due dates for application review. Sometimes these dates change due to the number of applications received by the college. Keep checking on the Internet for updated calendar information.
Keep studying during your last semester. The college/university will check your final GPA. Ask Admissions and Records at RVC to send updated official transcripts.
8. Make a final decision.
Your acceptance letters will be coming in due to your planning, meeting deadlines, and your competitive GPA!!! Hurray!!! Apply for on-campus or off-campus housing. Schedule advisement and registration appointments. Attend new student orientation.