Rockford College: Narrative Description

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5050 East State St.
Rockford, IL 61108-2393
Tel: (815)226-4000
Free: 800-892-2984
Admissions: (815)226-4050
Fax: (815)226-4119
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1847. Setting: 130-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Endowment: $13.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5187 per student. Total enrollment: 1,280. Faculty: 162 (75 full-time, 87 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 654 applied, 59% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 29% from top quarter, 67% from top half. 4 valedictorians. Full-time: 774 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 202 students, 72% women, 28% men. Students come from 8 states and territories, 10 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 16% 25 or older, 36% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 55% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at American University, Central College (IA), Drew University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA, interview, campus visit. Required for some: essay, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $29,681 includes full-time tuition ($22,460) and college room and board ($7221). College room only: $4441.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 25 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Intercultural Club, 4Ts (Tomorrow's Teachers Together Today), Psychology Society, Nursing Student Organization. Major annual events: Homecoming, Flake Out Winter Carnival, Hunger and Homelessness Week Activities. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,000 college housing spaces available; 650 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Howard Colman Library with 140,000 books, 20 microform titles, 831 serials, 9,723 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $479,382. 65 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Rockford, population 147,370, is the second largest city in the state. It is 75 miles northwest of Chicago, and is situated in the historic and attractive Rock River Valley close to the Wisconsin border. Rockford is also an important industrial city that produces machine tools, furniture, hardware and automobile accessories.

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