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Rockford University

Rockford University is a private, independent, coeducational university providing courses of study leading to baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The academic programs of students are based on a foundation of learning in the liberal arts and sciences. The University emphasizes excellence in teaching, and has a strong commitment to scholarly activity, creative expression and community service.

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In 1847, during one of the great college-building eras in American history, Rockford Female Seminary was chartered by the Illinois legislature. The citizens of Rockford (population 2,500) pledged $3,500 to erect a building for the ambitious enterprise. The first classes were held in the old downtown courthouse. In the 1960s the College moved to its present location at the eastern edge of the city.


Our academic programming includes undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and a bachelor’s degree completion program in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. Whether you come to Rockford University with no previous college credits or some college credits, we can help you determine the appropriate educational journey that’s right for you.


Career Development is not just a department or one-stop center, but a process that starts when you first arrive to RU. While you are on campus, you develop and learn more of who you are and what you aspire to be—and Career Development can help with that.


Housing services

  • Cummings Complex

In the center of Cummings Complex is an upper and lower lounge that proves to be a great space for people to get together with amenities that include: 2 fireplaces, pool table, a flat screen television, ping pong, shuffle board, and comfortable furniture.  Specific room dimensions can be obtained by clicking on the building names below.

  • Small Houses

The small houses consist of 6 residence halls, all of which are self-contained and co-ed by floor. The small houses each have a  common area lounge and a kitchenette.

Library services

Search across (almost) all of the content that the library owns, from books in the library to article databases, online encyclopedias, and streaming video. 

ICT services

Rockford University Information Technology provides our campus community with:

  • Network and Internet Connectivity
  • Computer Classrooms and Labs
  • Electronic resources such as E-mail, our Course Scheduling System, and our Emergency Notification System
  • The support of the IT Staff

Medical services

At Lang Wellness Center, we believe it is a sign of strength and courage when a member of the Rockford University community decides to seek help. With an open mind and a will to better your life, counseling can result in healthier choices and personal growth for those who go through the process. Many individuals come to us during times of crisis, high stress or emotional confusion.

Student Life

Campus life

Located in Rockford, Ill., just 90 miles northwest of Chicago, the campus spans 150 acres and includes several academic buildings, an athletic complex, 10 residence hall spaces, and several newly remodeled residence hall and gathering spaces for students.

Student clubs

An important part of your student experience here at Rockford University happens outside of the classroom as you build meaningful relationships with your peers during one of the many activities that are provided to you. 


Accreditation is periodically reviewed and is renewed annually. Other memberships include:

  • Association of American Colleges, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
  • College Entrance Examination Board
  • College Scholarship Service
  • American Council on Education
  • Council of Independent Colleges

Rockford, Illinois, United States

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