little city big brains


If you want to get smart(er), the Rockford Region is a great place to live - no matter how young or old you are. Nearly 70,000 children are enrolled in a wide variety of public and private, secular and religious K - 12 schools in our MSA. City of Rockford leaders are committed to "excellence everywhere and excellence for everyone" and our public schools, with their rising test scores and a mission focused on preparing students to compete in the global marketplace, are no exception.

Lifelong learning is also a passion here and the Rockford Region is blessed with more than 50 institutions of higher learning within a 90 mile radius. Within close proximity are Rock Valley College (two-year community college), Rockford College (fully accredited independent liberal arts college), Northern Illinois University (DeKalb and Rockford campuses - offering graduate and post graduate degrees), St Anthony School of Nursing, University of Illinois College of Medicine (second, third and fourth year programs for medical students), Rockford Business College, Rasmussen College, Judson College and others.

Finally, employers and employees benefit from many technical training programs in automation, robotics, CNC, electrical engineering technology and more. Following is contact information for our regional public and private educational institutions:

For more resources on learning in the Rockford region, click here.