Rock Valley College
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Getting Started Steps

If you haven't applied to Rock Valley College yet, you can get signed up for classes in just five easy steps.

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1. Apply for Admission

Apply online or pick up a paper form at the Information Center on the first floor of the Student Center on RVC's Main Campus.

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2. Fund Your Education

Did you know half of RVC's students receive some sort of financial assistance (grants, scholarships, loans, or student employment)? Find out what's available to you.

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3. Determine Placement

All new students must meet placement requirements in reading, English and math. You can do that by taking our placement test or by submitting ACT or SAT scores or prior college transcripts if you have them.

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4. Visit Academic & Transfer or Career Advising

You'll meet with a helpful academic advisor to help make sure you are taking the right classes to meet your academic goals. 


5. Register & Pay

It's time to go online and sign up for your classes. Use our handy web-based course schedule to look for classes that interest you.

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6. Attend a Getting Started Center "Tech Connect Session"

This session will provide an introduction to utilizing RVC Online Services and the RVC EAGLE Learning Management Systems. Students must have applied to RVC and be registered for classes in order to attend this session.

Want to visit with a recruiter?

Ready to discuss your future at RVC with a recruiter? Recruiters are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to meet with prospective students and their families. Call (815) 921-4250 to set up your appointment. 

Great Value. Great Investment. Great Education.

The average college student graduates with student debt of approximately $37,000 (source: Forbes). That doesn’t have to be you. You can earn a two-year associate’s degree from RVC for less than $10,000. Quality, accredited courses taught by highly-skilled and credentialed faculty in a university campus setting.

You can earn a two-year associate’s degree from RVC for less than $10,000.