Rockford, Illinois

Which type of student are you?

If you're a first-time college student, follow the Getting Started steps below!

If you're one of the following types of students, take a look at this chart to see what steps you should follow to get started at RVC:

  • Completed some college but new to RVC
  • Returning RVC student (attended RVC previously and now coming back)
  • Currently enrolled at another college, but planning to take one or more classes at RVC
  • Already earned a college degree and planning to attend RVC
  • Dual Credit or Early Admission (under 16 years)
  • International students
  • General Education Development (GED), English as Second Language (ESL)
  • Community and Continuing Education
1. Get Started
2. Identify Type of Student
3. Explore RVC
4. Enroll
5. Funding Your Education
6. Determine Placement
7. Educational Planning
8. Academic Advising
9. Register


Deciding to start college is a big step and puts you on track for a fulfilling career and life! To get started at Rock Valley College we just need you to take a few more small steps. We'll walk you through the process right here.

Click on any tab or click the arrows at the bottom of any section to go forward or back. Links will be provided that will take you to more information if needed, or that will put you in the right spot to complete a step.

If you have any questions along the way, you can e-mail rvc-admissions@rockvalleycollege.edu or call (815) 921-4250.

Let's get you started!
Before we go too far, we need to identify which type of student you are.

Credit Class Student
RVC offers credit courses for those who are interested in completing a degree or certificate program, or who want to later transfer to a four year college or university. If that is you, you are in the right place! Keep following the steps to find out how to get started.

High School/Dual Credit
Are you a high school student looking to take classes at RVC while still enrolled in high school? Check out our High School Connections page.

Community and Continuing Education
RVC also offers courses through Community and Continuing Education that are primarily designed for personal enrichment and/or skill enhancement. Most of these courses are not taken for credit. If that is more what you are looking for, check out what CCE has to offer now!
So you're thinking about attending RVC? Maybe you want to check us out first.

Take a tour of Rock Valley College! Attending one of our Explore RVC events is a great way to learn about all of the great opportunities at Rock Valley College. Learn about our programs and services. Get tips on getting started and how to apply for financial aid. Take a tour of campus. That and more await you at Explore RVC!

Prefer to visit on a different date? Contact the Admissions Office at (815) 921-4250 or rvc-admissions@rockvalleycollege.edu or request a tour using our online form. You can also take our Virtual Tour online!

The first step to getting started at RVC is to fill out an Enrollment Form. If you want to find out more about the enrollment procedures, eligibility, or how to obtain and submit a paper copy of the form, visit our Enrollment Form information page. Questions? Contact the Admissions Office at (815) 921-4250 or rvc-admissions@rockvalleycollege.edu.

You can fill out our online form now by clicking the button below.

How to Pay for Your Education
Did you know that over half of our students receive some financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, or student employment programs?

Financial Aid
It's important to know your options and apply for financial aid early in the getting started process. To find out if you are eligible you need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. File now for Spring & Summer '15 semesters using the 2014-15 FAFSA. Beginning 1/1/15 you can file for Fall '15, Spring & Summer '16 using the 2015-16 FAFSA. For more information visit our Financial Aid web page or call (815) 921-4150. NOTE: Do not wait to complete additional Getting Started steps while you wait to hear about your financial aid eligibility!

Placing You in the Right Classes for You

All new students interested in registering for credit courses (100 level or higher) must meet course placement requirements in Reading, English, and Math. Placement for each subject may be determined by a combination of the following actions:

1. Submit ACT or SAT scores to Records & Registration, if test date is within three years.
2. Submit any prior college transcripts (including AP & CLEP) to Records & Registration.
3. Take the ACCUPLACER placement test if the above are not available or did not result in college-level placement. Photo ID is required for testing.

Visit our website for more information, including ACCUPLACER Prep resources and testing location and times, or call (815) 921-2380.

Planning for Success

All new students should attend a Getting Started Session before registering for classes. The purpose of this session is to familiarize students with information needed to successfully transition to RVC, learn about degree options, and to register for classes. Choose your session when you are ready to register for classes.

Students must complete an enrollment form and determine placement prior to attending the session. Class registration is available at the session as long as a registration period is open. Please bring a photo ID to your session.

Learn more about Getting Started Sessions or register now for a session or by calling (815) 921-4094.

As an RVC student you are required to meet with an academic advisor each semester until you reach 18 college credits. Please discuss this requirement with an academic advisor at the end of your new student Educational Planning Session if you believe this requirement should not apply to you.

Meet with an advisor to explore and clarify academic goals, discuss academic/degree planning, and prepare for registration. For Academic Advising appointments, including assistance with transferring to a four year college or university, call (815) 921-4100. To schedule Career Advising & Placement appointments, call (815) 921-4091. Visit the Open Advising Lab (Main Campus, Student Center) for general questions for our advising staff!

Advising appointments can also be made at the RVC Stenstrom Center or the Learning and Opportunity Center by calling (815) 921-4146 (Stenstrom) or (815) 921-4290 (LOC).

If you have completed the rest of the Getting Started steps, you are now ready to register for classes! Not sure what to take? Browse course offerings now!

When you are ready to register, there are two ways you can do so: 1) Via Online Services or 2) In person at one of our three locations (main campus, Stenstrom Center, Learning and Opportunity Center).

Other helpful links: For more information, contact us at (815) 921-4250 or rvc-records@rockvalleycollege.edu. Note: You must complete the required Educational Planning Session before you register for classes.