#30 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

Rockford University

Rockford, Illinois

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Rockford University overview
Location Rockford, Illinois
Online rockford.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Rockford University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Rockford University is a private liberal arts institution located in Rockford, Illinois, an urban setting approximately 90 miles northwest of Chicago. Founded in 1847, the university has a rich history, becoming coeducational in 1958 and today offers a breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs. Rockford University's academic profile includes more than 80 majors, minors, and concentrations, with notable programs in education, nursing, and business. The campus is characterized by traditional collegiate architecture with facilities that support a resident population; the university provides on-campus housing options for students. While Rockford University has a more inclusive approach to admissions, the institution maintains a focus on academic achievement. The university participates in NCAA Division III athletics, but it is not specifically defined by its sports programs.

In the most recent statistical year 2,779 prospective students applied, and 1,526 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 168 enrolled in the school.  945 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 236 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $34,750 plus fees of $300. Rockford University is ranked 810 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Rockford University is rated within the lower 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Rockford University overview
SAT 840/1086
ACT 12/20
GPA 3.25

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Rockford University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$300
Room and Board $10,410
Budget for Other Expenses$3,460
Total One Year Cost$50,120

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$44,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

31% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Rockford University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 28%
Education 27%
Psychology 9%
Health Professions 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=148405 IPEDS survey data for Rockford University.

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