Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Priority Registration

Priority registration was implemented to allow current students who have accumulated a specified number of credit hours to register before students who have more courses yet to complete. Please see the following chart detailing the breakdown for the earliest date you may register. NOTE: Priority registration will be used for fall and spring semesters only (not in place for summer or interims).

Initial Registration Date
Eligible Students
Day 1
48/+ credit hours earned*
Day 2
24/+ credit hours earned*
Day 3
12/+ credit hours earned*
Day 4
1/+ credit hours earned*
Day 5
0 credit hours earned or currently enrolled in the current semester with zero hours earned*
Day 6
Open Registration for all students*


*Students enrolled in the last two academic years will be eligible for priority registration placement. Students enrolled prior, but not currently, will register during the open registration period.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know what is my registration day?

Log into your RVC GMail account to view the priority registration email that is sent approximately 5 weeks prior to registration.

2. How is my total hours earned computed?

Based on the number of RVC credits earned (includes courses under and above 100 level) as well as any additional coursework from other colleges you have had reviewed to apply to your RVC degree/certificate.  Evaluations must be completed no less than 5 weeks prior to your assigned priority date to be used in the computation of completed hours.

3. What prevents students from registering on the wrong day?

Computer program assigns students to specific dates.

4. If I register on my priority date, when can I make schedule changes?

You can register as early as your assigned date. After that date you may make schedule changes until registration for the semester ends. Refer to the registration calendar for the last day to register for a given semester.

5. What are my registration options?

You can register Monday through Friday via the following methods in person, or online. In person registration hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays - Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.

6. Why is there priority registration?

Priority Registration was implemented in response to significant number of student complaints received from previous registration periods due to high volume and length of time necessary to register on the first day. In addition priority registration is meant to give priority to the students who are close to graduation so that they may enroll in the required courses needed to graduate.