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?
The Power of 3
We provide education, awareness and support. ISS works to advise, coach, mentor, and train you as both students and leaders. We also create special programs that establish an atmosphere of respect and success for the diverse needs of international, multicultural, first generation, LGBTQAI+, and student athlete populations, like our First Generation Speaker Series and our initiatives for both males and females.
We work closely with all international and undocumented students, creating a positive, supportive environment for you and your various endeavors. Our International Student Coordinator provides the primary support and assistance for this student population as you develop and complete your educational goals at
the College. We celebrate various cultures with community presentations, ethnic celebration days, and our multicultural International Showcase.
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.
The Intercultural Student Services (ISS) office is committed to the overall development of our underrepresented and underserved student populations through educationally purposeful initiatives that enhance academic and personal success, student engagement, and embrace diversity and global awareness. Intercultural Student Services can enhance all aspects of your life: academic, professional, personal, social, and cultural.
Develop academic, leadership, and professional skills
We offer additional academic support; academic success workshops in study skills and critical thinking; and workshops in personal and professional development.
Make the most of what is available to you
Receive awards and recognitions, earn academic incentives and learn more about student scholarship opportunities.
Access opportunities that will transform your life
Academic coaching and success planning to help you navigate life and RVC services, and FREE college tours of transfer schools in the area— when you’re ready to move on!
Celebrate and explore diversity, culture, and the community around you
Network with RVC staff and community leaders and engage in cultural programs and activities, student-lead initiatives, and community service opportunities, like mentorship.
Sonia Reising, Coordinator of Intercultural Student Services
Mary Foreman, International Student Coordinator
Lamis Diab, Administrative Assistant
Please discuss this requirement with an academic advisor at the end of your new student Educational Planning Session if you believe this requirement should not apply to you.
RVC Main Campus
Student Center 2nd Floor
Have a specific question, comment, or any input on how we can enhance or improve our Intercultural Student Services? Please fill out the form below.