Rockford University

Coordinates: 42°16′02″N 89°01′05″W / 42.26734°N 89.01810°W / 42.26734; -89.01810
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Rockford University
Rockford University seal.svg
Former names
Rockford Female Seminary (1847–1892)
Rockford College (1892–2013)
MottoDecus et Veritas (Latin)
Motto in English
Honor and Truth
TypePrivate university
Established1847; 176 years ago (1847)
PresidentEric W. Fulcomer
Academic staff
72 full-time faculty and 135 part-time[1]
CampusSuburban, 150 acres (61 ha)
Colors   Purple & white
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIINorthern Athletics Collegiate Conference
MascotReggie the Regent
Rockford University logo.svg

Rockford University is a private university in Rockford, Illinois. It was founded in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary and changed its name to Rockford College in 1892, and to Rockford University in 2013.


Rockford Seminary (ca. 1890)
Sill Hall, Main Hall, Adams Hall (l-r) - Rockford College, 1904

Rockford Female Seminary was founded in 1847 as the sister college of Beloit College, which had been founded the year before. The seminary's initial campus was on the east side of the Rock River, south of downtown Rockford. Anna Peck Sill served as principal for the first 35 years.

In 1890, the seminary's trustees voted to offer a full college curriculum, which led to the name changing to Rockford College in 1892.

Men were first granted admission to the university at the beginning of the 1955–1956 school year. At about this time, the school requested that the City of Rockford close parts of a street adjoining the campus.

In 1984 Rockford College founded Regent's College in London, now Regent's University London.

In January 2008, Dr. Robert L. Head was named the university's seventeenth president, effective July 2008.

On October 2, 2012, the board of trustees voted unanimously to rename the college as a university. The trustees did so because the institution has many different academic departments. On July 1, 2013, the institution officially became Rockford University.[2] In February 2016, Dr. Eric W. Fulcomer was named the university's eighteenth president, effective July 2016, and inaugurated on November 4, 2016.


The university offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degree include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and a Master of Education (MEd).

The university is organized into three colleges:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Science, Math, and Nursing
  • Social Sciences, Commerce and Education

The university offers an Honors Program in Liberal Arts & Sciences. Also housed within the university are the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and the Center for Learning Strategies.


Honor societies[edit]


The Rockford University Regents are Division III members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Teams compete independently or as members of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

The university fields men's teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, and track and field, and women's teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball. Their football team is the only team in college football since 2000 to score 100 points in a single game, beating Trinity Bible, 105–0 in 2003.

Recreational and intramural club sports (including basketball and dodgeball) are also available on campus.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "College Navigator - Rockford University".
  2. ^ "Rockford College to become Rockford University". Archived from the original on 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  3. ^ Addams, Jane (1981). Twenty years at Hull House. New York: Penguin Books.
  4. ^ Duran, J. (2014). Ellen Gates Starr and Julia Lathrop: Hull House and philosophy. The Pluralist, 9(1), 1-13.
  5. ^ Addams, Jane (2004). My friend Julia Lathrop. New York: MacMillian.
  6. ^ Stivers, Camilla (2002). "Unfreezing the progressive era: The story of Julia Lathrop". Administrative Theory & Praxis. 24 (3): 537–554. doi:10.1080/10841806.2002.11029374. S2CID 155708486.

Further reading[edit]

  • Weaks-Baxter, Mary, et al. We Are a College at War: Women Working for Victory in World War II (Southern Illinois University Press; 2010) studies the mobilization of students in support of the war effort.
  • Nelson, Hal, et al. Rockford College: A Retrospective Look (Rockford College, Rockford, IL; 1980).

External links[edit]

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