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.
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?
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 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!
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 11 national championships and we have had more than 130 All-Americans.
Certain Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificate programs might not be available at Rock Valley College. Because of this, the college has contractual agreements with other community colleges for specific programs at specific colleges. Students take all specialized courses at the cooperative college and pay tuition and fees according to the in-district rate at that institution. Related technical and general education courses required by the cooperative programs may be taken at Rock Valley College or the community college offering the program. The cooperating college will issue all degrees or certificates for successful completion of the individual program.
Community colleges often have comparable programs. Cooperative agreements and chargebacks are granted at the discretion of your community college and will not be granted for programs that are the same as those offered at the home institution.
A chargeback is similar to a cooperative agreement. If Rock Valley College does not offer a program of study and does not have a cooperative agreement with another institution for that program, students may be eligible for a chargeback. This allows them to enroll in the program at an out-of-district community college and pay that college's in-district tuition rates while RVC will pay the difference between in-district and out-of-district rates.
Important Steps to Obtain Cooperative Agreement or Chargeback Approval:
1. Contact the Student Development office, (815) 921-4281, to confirm that Rock Valley College does not offer an A.A.S. degree or certificate in the subject you wish to study.
2. Visit the Student Development office on the second floor of the Student Center.
3. Your approval letter of authorization will be sent to the COOP office at the school you plan to attend, and if approved, you will pay the in-district tuition and fees charged by them.
Rock Valley College has cooperative educational agreements with the following two Wisconsin institutions: Blackhawk Technical College and Gateway Technical College.
Rock Valley College participates in the “Comprehensive Agreement Regarding the Expansion of Educational Resources” (C.A.R.E.E.R.). This cooperative agreement includes the following Illinois institutions:
Rock Valley College also has individual Cooperative Agreements with the following Illinois institutions that are not included in C.A.R.E.E.R.: Blackhawk Technical College, Gateway Technical College, Harper College, Oakton Community College, and Parkland College.
Popular college contacts for cooperative programs are as follows (please contact Student Development Office for additional information):
Blackhawk Technical College
6064 Prairie Rd., P.O. Box 5009
Janesville, WI 53547
Gateway Technical College
Oakton Community College
2400 West Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL 61821-1899