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!
Students with disabilities should contact the DSS office to set up an initial appointment, or intake. At the intake the student and the DSS Coordinator will discuss the nature of the student's disability; the barriers that are impacting the student's ability to successfully participate in or complete a program or activity; and possible solutions, such as reasonable accommodations.
Definition of Disability
The DSS office uses the definition of disability as outlined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Students should be able to discuss what the nature of the disability is, how the disability limits one or more activities of daily living, and how this impact has been addressed previously. If the disability is new or the student has not had disability-related educational services in the past, the student and the DSS Coordinator will review areas of concern and identify potential resources.
Students who request accommodations through the DSS office should provide documentation that describes their disability and its likely impact on educational experiences. Documentation varies depending on the nature of the disability, but generally includes information about what the disability is, how it was diagnosed, who made the diagnosis and when, and the history of how the disability has impacted the student's educational experience. If no disability exists, or no documentation is available, students are encouraged to meet with the DSS Coordinator to discuss what documentation is necessary and options for obtaining it.
Students should be aware that other colleges and universities may have different documentation guidelines and that testing agencies (such as the Regional office of Education and state testing boards) may require different or additional documentation.
The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) has provided professional guidance regarding disability documentation in higher education. Rock Valley College uses AHEAD's professional guidance as a framework when using documentation to establish disability and support accommodation requests. You may review AHEAD's document entitled Supporting Accommodation Requests: Guidance on Documentation Practices at http://www.ahead.org/resources/documentation_guidance/