merit scholarships for International Student

International Student Scholarships

Merit scholarships are designed to reward those students who have been academically dedicated and engaged in their educational experience. Scholarships are determined at admission, and there is no separate application process. 

Deans Merit-based Scholarships

are given each fall and spring to new first-year undergraduate students who attend full time. Award amounts are up to 50% of tuition.  Students must submit a SAT or ACT score to be eligible for this scholarship. 

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE

Suggested deadline: November 15th and July 1st each year
Scholarship deadline same as application deadline

International Student Merit-based Scholarships 

are given each fall and spring to new international first-year and new international transfer students who attend full-time. These awards are based on academic achievement. Admitted international undergraduate students are awarded First year students with a GPA of 3.8 or higher may receive up to $17,000 annually. Transfer students with a 3.7 GPA or higher may receive up to $15,000 annually..

This scholarship is based on grade point average and one of the following:  TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT score. 

*Merit-based scholarships cannot be combined with other scholarships. **State-sponsored scholars are ineligible for merit-based scholarships.

About Rockford University



Rockford University is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. Located in Rockford, IL just 90 miles northwest of Chicago, the campus spans 150 acres providing big city amenities on an intimate campus setting. Our small class sizes allow students to receive the attention and personalized learning experiences they deserve. We are proud of how well we bring together our diverse collection of student communities so they can share experiences, explore cultures, and work together to achieve their dreams.

Academic Programs

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research


FIRST-YEAR UNDERGRADUATE

There are two options to choose from, but you should only submit one application for admission. Your application is confidential and will only be accessed by Admission Office personnel and used solely in the application process. There are no application fees.

Apply online directly through our website.

Apply online with the Common App.
  • Request that your high school send us your official high school transcripts.
  • Optional: Send us your ACT/SAT score(s)–ACT Code: 1122; SAT Code: 1665. For admission for the fall 2021 semester, test scores are not required. Students with a test score may submit them to our university. If the score(s) help your application, they will be considered. If they do not help your application, they will not be reviewed during the admission decision process.
  • Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Form. To obtain a form, go to fafsa.ed.gov to file electronically. The FAFSA code for Rockford University is 001748. 

TRANSFER UNDERGRADUATE

  1. Apply Today! There are two options to choose from, but you should only submit one application for admission. Your application is confidential and will only be accessed by Admission Office personnel and used solely in the application process.  There are no application fees.
  2. Request that all colleges and universities you have attended send us your official transcripts.
  3. If you have less than 12 hours of college or university credit, please also send us your official high school transcripts.
  4. Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid) Form. To obtain a form, go to fafsa.ed.gov to file electronically. The FAFSA code for Rockford University is 001748. More info about Financial Aid >>
  5. Submit your deposit!

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA):

Spring 2022 Semester Registration

The next MBA program start is the spring semester. Registration opens November 1, 2021. Courses start January 18, 2022. Apply or contact us today to get started.

Rockford University’s MBA consists of core coursework that helps you develop critical management skills and a deeper understanding of the business field. To complete your degree, select courses from a list of popular business electives or customize your MBA choosing electives from four in-demand concentrations:
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Leadership

Choose flexibility. 

Take on-site, evening courses or fully online courses to accommodate your work, family, and personal schedule.

Who is it for?
  • Working professionals in or aspiring to be in management
  • Employees in companies that want skilled managers and effective leaders
  • Anyone holding a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution

Fact: 81% of recruiting companies are hiring MBAs to fulfill this need. *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

MBA Admission Requirements

For admission to the MBA program, students must submit the following MBA Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Official Transcripts with Degree Posting from an accredited college or University

Send all admission documents to:

Adult & Graduate Admission
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108

or via email to agadmissions@rockford.edu

Submission of the above does not guarantee admission. You MUST be admitted prior to taking your 12th credit hour.



MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING (MAT):

Have you dreamed of becoming a teacher? Whether you have a background in education or have earned a degree in another discipline and want to become a teacher, Rockford University’s MAT program provides you with teaching skills and prepares you to seek a teaching license in one of several endorsement areas.

Since 1952, Rockford University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree has established a proud tradition as a teacher of teachers. Our graduates distinguish themselves as educational leaders throughout the nation.

Who is it for?

Career changes or professionals with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than education who want to become teachers and are pursuing a Professional Educator License (PEL) with a master’s degree.

For admission to the MAT program, students must submit the following to be evaluated:

MAT Admission Checklist

Evaluation for admission is based on the following criteria:

Application

  • Apply at rockford.edu/apply
  • Choose Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Choose your preferred endorsement

Official Transcripts with Degree Posting from an accredited college or university

  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5
  • Submit official transcripts in a sealed envelope or digitally secure email

Submission of the above does not guarantee admission. It provides you with the opportunity to be evaluated for admission. Students not currently enrolled in a Graduate degree program at Rockford University can complete no more than 12 credits of Rockford University coursework at the Graduate level that may be counted toward a Rockford University graduate degree program.

MASTER OF EDUCATION (M.Ed.):

Rockford University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) with endorsements increases your marketability and boosts your resume. Enhance your teaching career, and add new skills.

Who is it for?

Experienced teachers who hold a Professional Educator License (PEL) and want to add a subsequent endorsement in Bilingual, ESL, LSB1, or Reading Teacher to their PEL.

Experienced teachers who are also interested in increasing their pay by earning a master’s degree.

M.Ed. Admission Checklist

Evaluation for admission is based on the following criteria:

Official Transcripts with Degree Posting from an accredited college or university

 Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope
 Cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5

Application Fee: $50

 Paid to Student Administrative Services (SAS) located on the 1st floor of Nelson Hall or
payable over the phone at 815-226-4062 / 815-226-3333

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