Rock Valley College: Narrative Description

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3301 North Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114-5699
Tel: (815)921-7821
Free: 800-973-7821
Admissions: (815)921-4088
Fax: (815)654-5568
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District-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Illinois Community College Board. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 217-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Total enrollment: 9,475. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. Full-time: 3,611 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 5,864 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 2 states and territories, 3 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 8% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 43% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT recommended; ACT required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/29. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1620 full-time, $54 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $5820 full-time, $194 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,510 full-time, $417 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $272 full-time, $9 per credit part-time, $2 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 12 open to all. Most popular organizations: Black Student Alliance, Phi Theta Kappa, Adults on Campus, Inter-Varsity Club, Christian Fellowship. Major annual events: New Student Week, Homecoming Week, May Fest. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Educational Resource Center with 67,168 books, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $880,000. 130 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Rockford College.