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.
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.
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?
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.
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, and men's and women's tennis. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won seven national championships and we have had more than 100 All-Americans.
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!
The Department of Music offers music theory, history and applied music courses for students who intend to pursue a Bachelors degree in music. Classes in music literature and American music are offered to all students for general interest and to satisfy the humanities requirement of the Associate degrees. Students who enjoy being part of a music group may participate in a variety of ensembles.
For a list of current concerts, check our Concerts page.
For complete and current information, call the Division office at (815) 921-3338, or fax us at (815) 921-3439.
Music Theory is a four-semester sequence of courses common to most college music degree curriculums. Students wanting to begin these classes are expected to know how to read music (treble and bass clefs) and to understand major and minor scales and key signatures. The RVC Music Department offers a class in Music Fundamentals for students who need to develop these skills.
Applied Music Students who intend to major in music and/or participate in RVC music ensembles may wish to develop their performance skills further by taking weekly half-hour private lessons. Private lessons are not offered to beginners.
Permission to enroll in Applied Music must be obtained from the Music Department. Call the Division office at (815) 921-3338.
Ensembles Students who like to play or sing with a group are encouraged to join one or more of these college-credit ensembles:
With the exception of Chamber Singers and Women's Choir, no audition is required--just interest!
Michael Beert, Faculty, at M.Beert@RockValleyCollege.edu or (815) 921-3343
Kenneth Stein, Faculty, at K.Stein@RockValleyCollege.edu or (815) 921-3357.
Paul Laprade, Faculty, at P.Laprade@RockValleyCollege.edu or (815) 921-3347.