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 140 All-Americans.
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.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features over 91,000 book 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!
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?
The Right Place to Start (RPS) program* provides comprehensive academic and personal support to RVC students who either graduated from a Rockford Public School 205 high school or currently reside in the RPS-205 district. Acceptance into the program is based on a student profile review and department coordinator approval.
We help ensure your success by offering Student Success Workshops, and Life Coaches and Peer Accountability Trainers (PAT), who give you one-on-one attention.
Customized classes like our Summer Bridge, a FREE jump-start to your college experience, also give you extra support.
Once you’ve achieved your personal goals at RVC, we even offer FREE college tours of transfer schools in the area—to help keep you on the road to success!
*The Right Place to Start (RPS) program at Rock Valley College is a grant-funded program through the office of Representative Chuck Jefferson and coordinated by the Intercultural Student Services (ISS) office.
For more information on this exciting academic opportunity please contact Intercultural Student Services at (815) 921-4116.
The Right Place to Start Workshops are learning opportunities for all students! From study skills to self-help to career exploration each unique workshop will be a valuable tool for RVC students.
All workshops are free and open to all students.
April 9, 2015 from 11-12pm
Do you have a personal brand? Presented by Terrica Huntley and Matt Gargano
A Personal Brand is critical to your personal and professional success, as it makes a consistent, powerful, and relevant statement to the world about who you are! Let us help you build your personal brand, so you can start having your brand work for you in opening doors of opportunity!
April 15, 2015 from 12-1pm
Do's and Don'ts of Social Media Presented by Abbye Garcia and Dave Costello
April 22, 2015 fro 11am-12pm
Establishing your Sense of Belonging Presented by Dr. Howard Spearman and Matt Gargano
Do you often feel like you are on the outside looking in? Do you feel like you don't really belong anywhere—even here at Rock Valley College? Even though you are around lots of people, do you still feel like you are all alone?Then let us help you break through to having a more fulfilling journey by establishing your sense of belonging!
April 27, 2015 from 12-pm
"According to Forbes – You only have seven seconds to make a first impression!" Presented by Kelly Cooper
Learn how to make the best first impression and what to share when doing so.