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Rockford College seeks to educate men and women to lead responsible and productive lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experiences. Through the total academic and co-curricular experience, Rockford College strives to prepare students for fulfilling lives, careers, and participation in modern and changing global society.
Founded in 1847, Rockford College is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts institution located in Rockford, Ill., a city of 150,000 people about 85 miles northwest of Chicago. The college offers over 70 majors, minors and programs, a return-to-college program in management studies, masters programs in business and teaching, and several community education programs. Rockford College is one of only 11 institutions in Illinois with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
Our mission includes providing an education "grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experiences." Our vision builds on the life and work of our distinguished alumna, Jane Addams, and many others in her tradition. Founder of Hull House in Chicago in the late 19th Century, Addams worked at the nexus of the major historical and intellectual currents of the day. In 1931 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Our vision is to be "Jane Addams' college in the 21st century."
Rockford College has more than 65 full-time faculty members and more than 74 percent have the highest degree in their fields. Our professors, who hold Ph.D.'s from such institutions as Yale, Vanderbilt and the University of Chicago, certainly qualify as experts in their field.
With a student faculty ratio of 11 to 1, in-class activism is both expected and appreciated.
Rockford College is one of only 11 institutions in Illinois with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the oldest and most prestigious academic honors society.