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.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal mandate that is in place to protect and maintain the privacy and confidentiality of your child's academic record. Therefore, grades and other information are not released to parents without a student's written consent. For more information on this policy please contact the Records Office at (815) 921-4250.
Students are expected to attend classes regularly. If they do need to be absent it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and make arrangements to complete any work they may have missed.
Each instructor has his/her own specific attendance policy which will be outlined in their course syllabus. It is again the student's responsibility to become familiar with each instructor's policy. If an instructor feels that the number of absences is interfering with the student's progress and ability to be successful in the course, the student may be withdrawn without notice.
General Education courses are specific courses that every degree seeking student must complete regardless of the transfer degree (AA or AS) they are seeking. Please refer to our catalog under Transfer Degrees for more information.
Each course at RVC is offered for a certain number of credit hours. The number of lecture, laboratory, or field experience hours needed to complete the class determines the exact number of hours.
A credit hour is the measure of time that your child will be in class. If your child is full-time and taking 12 credits they will be in class approximately 12 hours per week.
To be considered full time a student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semester (during the summer 6 credit hours is considered full- time). Anything less than 12 credit hours is considered part time. Students may need to be full time if they are participating in RVC Athletics, if they are covered under their parent's health insurance or if they are receiving scholarships that require full time status.
The majority of classes at RVC are assigned 3 credits. A student could be full time taking 12 credits with four classes.
Parking at RVC is free! Parking areas are located throughout the campus and are in close proximity to the classroom buildings. Handicapped parking is available in every parking lot. Parking along the roadways is illegal and may get you a citation.
Yes, at the present time we have the following food vendors on campus: