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 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.
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.
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.
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 13 national championships and we have had more than 130 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!
OPTION 1: RUNNING START AT ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE (RVC)
The Running Start program already has several years of students successfully completing as much as two, full years of college credits. This option works well for students who are ready to immerse themselves in the college environment.
OPTION 2: DUAL CREDIT AT BELVIDERE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
This new program offers all of the benefits of dual credit without the travel to Rock Valley College. This option works well for students who want to take part in extra-curricular activities in high school, yet are ready to complete college courses.
The chart below will help you compare your options and choose the best one for you:
|Running Start - 2 year program
(Junior & Senior year)
|Running Start - 1 year program
(Senior year only)
|Dual Credit at BNHS
(Sophomore, Junior, & Senior year)
|General Eligibility Requirements
||Meet pre-selection citeria and test at college level in Reading, English, and Math||Meet pre-selection citeria and test at college level in Reading, English, and Math||Test at college level in Reading, English, and Math|
|Class Location||All classes located at Rock Valley College||All classes located at Rock Valley College||All classes located at Belvidere North High School|
|Rock Valley College Degree Completion||Yes||No||No|
|College Credits||Minimum of 64 RVC credits earned and Associates of Science or Associate of Arts degree||Earn average of 30 - 36 college credits and complete RVC Communications Core||Earn an average of 3 college credits per course; Limited to predetermined courses|
|Course Selection||High School & RVC degree completion||Based on RVC's academic offerings and High School completion||Limited to predetermined courses|
|Tuition & Fees||Paid by High School District||Paid by High School District||Paid by High School District|
||Students are responsible||Students are responsible||Students are responsible|
High school students enrolling in college-level courses must satisfy the same course placement tests or course prerequisites as college level students, when applicable, to assure that they are qualified and prepared. All students must take the RVC placement exam or submit ACT scores to qualify to participate in college credit programs.
If you have already enrolled in Belvidere high school classes, adjustments to your high school schedule will be granted to allow you to enroll in college credit courses. For more information or to enroll in college credit courses, we invite you to call Rock Valley College High School Connections at (815) 921-4080.