Rockford, Illinois

Top 10 Reasons to attend RVC

Student Support
Our skilled advisors will help you establish educational goals and develop your path for success at RVC. To do just that, we now require you to meet with an academic advisor until you reach 18 college credits. Thousands of students each year benefit from the free services offered in our Tutoring Center, Math Lab, and Writing Center - places where the learning continues outside of the classroom.

Transferable Credits
Rock Valley College is a fully accredited institution of higher learning. Work with an advisor to plan your next steps, and you can take your first two years of general education courses at RVC and transfer the credits to a four-year institution almost anywhere.  Because we're committed to your successful future, we've signed an innovative reverse transfer agreement with a local four-year institution, and we participate in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (a statewide transfer agreement).  

Financial Aid Opportunities
Approximately 60% of RVC students receive financial assistance for tuition and books. This year the RVC Foundation also awarded $215,000 in scholarships. An early start is recommended, and our experienced Financial Aid staff can help you navigate the process.

Best Investment
The cost to attend RVC for two years is less than the cost for one year at a state university and about the same as one semester at a private college or university. In their working career, the average RVC student will earn $5.20 for every dollar invested, and our graduates will increase their lifetime earnings by over $400,000.*

Qualified, Experienced Faculty 
Many RVC faculty are nationally recognized in their fields of study as published authors, sought-after speakers, or leaders on research projects. Our expert instructors love to teach, are engaged in learning, and make students their priority.

* Source: EMSI Economic Impact Study 2013  

So Many Choices
Whether you want to take credit classes at RVC and transfer to a four-year university or enroll in a career program to enter the workforce right away, RVC can help you achieve your goals. Speak with one of our Career Advisors to explore your interests and areas of aptitude to chart your path to success.

Small Class Sizes
Rock Valley College classes have an average of 24 students, making it easy to become engaged in the learning process and feel comfortable asking questions. Personal attention is right there when you want or need it.

Latest Technology
RVC features state-of-the-art facilities from "smart" classrooms to hands-on lab opportunities in science, computers, graphic arts, automotive, aviation, healthcare, and much more. Buildings are new or being remodeled routinely to offer the highest quality facilities in our region, like our new Aviation Maintenance Educational Facility at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport, which will open in August for the start of Fall Semester 2015.

Three Locations
Our beautiful main campus is located on the northeast side of Rockford, but we also provide the
Stenstrom Center for Career Education on Rockford's south side for both career and transfer courses and a downtown location, the Learning and Opportunity Center at 303 North Main Street.  In January 2016, we'll be opening RVC Downtown (which will also house the LOC) in the Rockford Register Star building.  All three RVC locations offer support services, including academic advising, financial aid, and free tutoring. In addition to courses in a traditional classroom setting, RVC offers many online and hybrid classes (hybrid classes include both online and classroom instruction).

Plenty of Fun
In a ten-minute walk around campus you could see a band playing in the Student Center, the Ultimate Frisbee team tossing the disc around outside, or one of our championship teams practicing in the gym. Student clubs and activities offer valuable lessons outside of the classroom about leadership, teamwork, organization, event planning, and networking. Plus, RVC athletes compete in ten NJCAA sports and have won a combined 13 national championships, including seven since 2011. 

We're ready to help you achieve your dream. Make your someday today.


Reach Your Potential!  Do you have more to offer in your job and your career? Are you the first in your family to go to college? Not sure what you want to do for a major or a career? Explore who you are and what you can be at RVC!

Ready To Get Started?  What are you waiting for? The next step is up to you…call (815) 921-4250 or be sure to check out our Getting Started steps and get going on the career and life you know you deserve!


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