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 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!
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?
Disability Services FAQs
Do I have to inform the College that I have a disability?
No. But if you want the school to provide an academic adjustment, you must self-disclose your disability and specifically request accommodations through the Disability Support Services (DSS) office.
Is there a separate application to the college for students with disabilities?
No. Students with disabilities should apply to the college as any other student would. If a student would like to disclose a disability in the admissions process, they may do so voluntarily. While a student may not officially register with DSS until they have been accepted to the College, any prospective student is welcome to call or visit DSS to become informed of our services. All documentation of disability should be directed to the DSS office, rather than given to the Admissions office.
Do I need to prove that I have a disability in order to obtain an academic adjustment or accommodation?
Generally, yes. The DSS staff will probably require you to provide documentation showing that you have a current disability and need an academic accommodation.
If I don't have documentation to provide for my disability, what do I do?
You should contact the DSS office to schedule an appointment. A staff member will discuss with you what struggles you are having, and provide you with resources on services you may be eligible for. If it is deemed that documentation is necessary, the staff member can provide resources on where you may obtain such information. Click here for more information on tips for undocumented students.
Will I get the same supports in college that I got on my IEP or 504 Plan in High School?
Probably not. Unlike your high school, postsecondary schools are not required to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Rather, postsecondary schools are required to provide appropriate academic adjustments as necessary to ensure that it does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The DSS staff will develop, with you, an individualized plan that is appropriate to your particular needs and circumstances. In many cases, services are similar to what was received in high school, although some accommodations and modifications may not be appropriate at the college level.
Can a parent request accommodations?
No. All requests for accommodations must be made by the student. However, parents are welcome at the initial appointment with the student's consent.
Once I have registered with Disability Services, how do my Professors learn of my accommodations?
Each semester, the student must request accommodations and communicate his/her needs with their instructors. Accommodations are student-driven and as such, students determine when and how they share information with instructors. It is important to note, however, that instructors are only required to accommodate a known disability.
What are some of the commonly provided accommodations and services?