Rockford University

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5050 E. State Street

Rockford, IL 61108-2393

Phone: (800) 892-2984
2013-2014 Tuition
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Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Rockford University is a private institution that was founded in 1847. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,022, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 130 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rockford University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $26,710 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Rockford University's mission is to educate men and women to lead responsible productive lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experiences. Through the total academic and co-curricular experience, Rockford University strives to prepare students for fulfilling lives, careers, and participation in a modern and changing global society.

At Rockford University we have a vision to be Jane Addams' college in the 21st century. By that, we signal an aspiration to live, learn and work in a contemporary way that honors the principles of Jane Addams, the distinguished 1881 graduate of the college who founded Hull House in Chicago and became the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Long before Miss Addams won the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize, she was a Rockford University student. Today, we are still educating students like Jane, activists, intellectuals, humanitarians, and peacemakers. Our liberal arts program is designed for those rare individuals who have a vision for changing the world, who care about social action and public service. We are looking for students who share our passion for social justice and civic engagement. At Rockford, our students are not preparing to make a difference in the world. They are making a difference now. Rockford University offers: accredited university-level courses, fewer than 20 students per class, state-of-the-art wireless Internet, more than 70 majors, minors and concentrations, easy access to Chicago, on-campus housing and food service.

Rockford University has a rich history of encouraging students to become engaged and active citizens in our community. Students who join Rockford University become part of a 162 year tradition and they use their time here to take part in the myriad opportunities that will come their way, on campus and off. Whether it is in a classroom, on an athletic team, in our theater, as a volunteer for a community service project or through experiences studying abroad, we hope that our students' time at Rockford University is memorable and meaningful.

Students at Rockford University today, like Jane Addams before them, think critically, act compassionately, and embrace the ideals of citizenship. If you share our commitment to critical thinking and compassionate action, we invite you to join us.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1847
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $10,520,974


When applying to Rockford University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 40.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 40.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Rockford University is 8:1, and the school has 74.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Rockford University include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 63.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 8:1
4-year graduation rate 29%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 30%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 24%
Health Professions and Related Programs 12%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
Psychology 5%

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Student Life

Rockford University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,022, with a gender distribution of 38.2 percent male students and 61.8 percent female students. At this school, 41 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59 percent of students live off campus. Rockford University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,238
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Rockford University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Rockford University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Rockford University, 99 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Rockford University.

Students who have cars on campus 99%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Rockford University, 90.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,429.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $26,710 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,483 (2013-14)
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