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.
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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!
Running Start is a program that allows select, qualified, academically motivated students enrolled in Illinois District 511 public high schools an opportunity to earn both their high school diploma and Associate degree concurrently by attending Rock Valley College (RVC) full-time during their junior and/or senior years of high school. Students are able to accomplish this through a formal agreement between the college and each selected school district so that the courses taken for dual credit simultaneously meet the requirements for both a high school diploma and an Associate degree. The Running Start program is administered through the First Year Experience (FYE) & High School Connections (HSC) office at RVC, working closely with counselors at the high school
Running Start provides an opportunity for students to work in a more challenging educational environment and to excel academically while completing high school and college requirements. While attending RVC, students earn credits toward an Associate degree and can transfer to a four-year institution in the same manner as other community college students. An important element of the Running Start program requires students to be both academically and socially ready for college. Students may also choose to maintain involvement in high school activities such as student government or sports. Running Start provides a tremendous advantage to students who want to shorten the amount of time needed for completion of a college degree. An additional advantage of the program is that students reduce their overall college costs since they do not pay college tuition during their time in the Running Start program. This financial arrangement between the high school and RVC does not extend to textbooks. The cost of textbooks is the responsibility of the students and their families.
Students will have a one-time opportunity to take the Rock Valley College ACCUPLACER placement test. Students must pass the one time test with minimum college-level test scores in reading, English and math. Minimum required ACCUPLACER Test Scores:
Acceptance to Running StartReading 70
Planning for Success is designed to introduce and connect the students to the RVC community and to assist the students in the active development of academic and personal goals. Students will work with instructors to learn strategies for their transition into college and students are responsible to be engaged in building the skills needed for college success. Course discussions will include academic preparation, self-awareness and RVC community resources.