Rockford University

Rockford University is a coeducational, liberal arts college located 70 miles northwest of Chicago in Rockford, Illinois. Founded in 1847, Rockford University has been named a ‘Best in the Midwest’ university by the Princeton Review for nine consecutive years.


As a liberal arts university, Rockford strives to supplement a well-rounded education for its students with real-life, professional and practical experiences. Rockford University places emphasis on students’ prestigious academics, creative expression, and community service.


Campus and Community

Rockford University loves their international students. We provide services specific to the needs of students new to life in the U.S. and help them to acclimate and enjoy their time in Rockford as much as possible. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is here for students whenever they need us from a dinner suggestion to immigration services, as well as a thrice weekly bus service.


Rockford University lies in a beautifully forested 150 acre campus  with state of the art academic buildings, residence halls, and athletic facilities surrounded by an oasis of trees, gardens, and greenery amidst the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan area, where there is always something to do.


Rockford University is located in Rockford, Illinois—a city of 150,000 people that is just a 90 minute drive from Chicago and 80 minutes from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Read more about Rockford University’s campus and community here.


Student Life

Rockford University is home to approximately 1,000 undergraduate students according to the 2011-2012 Fact Book. About 53% of undergraduate students at Rockford University are female and about 47% of undergraduate students at Rockford are male.


Rockford University competes in NCAA Division III athletics in the Northern Athletics Conference. About 25% of Rockford students participate in intercollegiate athletics every year.


Student activities are an essential part of Rockford University. Rockford offers a wide variety of student organizations and clubs to complement the academic side of Rockford University. Student Activities implements programs and services that serve the Rockford University community that foster a fun and engaging environment for students to learn and grow interpersonally through entertainment, clubs and organizations, leadership development, and educational programming.


Read more about student life at Rockford University here.



Rockford University academics are designed to make sure students develop the knowledge, values, and skills to succeed at a multitude of careers and to ensure a bright future for Rockford graduates.


Rockford University programs and curriculum are separated into three divisions:

  • The Division of Arts and Humanities
  • The Division of Science, Mathematics, and Nursing
  • The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education
    Rockford University has a student to faculty ratio of 11-to-1 and prides itself on providing small class sizes to better accommodate students’ in-class needs.


Click here to read more about academics at Rockford University.


ESL Program

Preparing for university-level academics taught in English is an important part of an international students’ development.


Rockford University offers an English as a Second Language program to assist international students with their linguistic and academic skills to prepare them for undergraduate and graduate courses. 
Read more about Rockford University’s ESL program here.



With more than 80 different majors and minors to choose from, Rockford University students are bound to find an area of study to suit their interests.


In addition to these majors and minors, Rockford University also offers seven Pre-Professional programs.
To see a full list of majors, minors, and concentrations, click here.


Tuition and Fees

Rockford University tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $26,710. First-year Rockford students are required to purchase the 19-meal meal plan which costs $3,413 annually. Housing at Rockford University ranges from $4,070-$6,600 per year depending on the type of room students select.


Click here to learn more about tuition and fees at Rockford University.


Admission Requirements

A university that welcomes global, ethnic diversity, Rockford University embraces international students from around the world into its community.


Learn more about admission requirements for Rockford University international students here.