First Year Experience

Our First Year Experience Office is committed to developing and supporting the academic and personal success of all first year students. We offer a comprehensive and intentional experience that supports student learning and involvement. 

New Student Welcome

As a new student, the transition to college can be overwhelming. It is critical to build a foundation for success during your first year of college. Let us help you with the process as you begin your journey here at RVC.

New Student Welcome events give students an opportunity to learn about college expectations, available resources, and the chance to meet some members of the Rock Valley College community.

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Online Orientation

In addition to our New Student Welcome events, you can choose to access orientation online anytime! This orientation will help you find the information and resources for a successful start at Rock Valley College – from student support to navigating campus.

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Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentors are current RVC students who can help you navigate your time in college and answer your questions. Get real answers from real students! Contact RVC Peer Mentors at (815) 921-4128 to connect with a Peer Mentor, or learn how to become one!

Tech Connect Sessions

The First Year Experience Tech Connect Session is an introduction to learning and understanding how to navigate within RVC Self Service and EAGLE Learning Management Systems. This session is highly recommended for new students and only required for students currently enrolled in a STU 100 course. You must have a class schedule and be currently enrolled as a student to be eligible to attend this session.

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EAGLE Support

EAGLE is the Learning Management System used at Rock Valley College. Learn more about how to use this resource or contact EAGLE Support for assistance.


Certified Peer Educator Training

We invite current RVC students to participate in the nationally recognized Certified Peer Educator Training. This 12-hour training promotes leadership skills and covers the following topics: role of peer education, helping peers make a behavior change, listening, response, and referral skills, how to take action and intervene, recognizing the role of diversity and inclusivity, programming and presentation skills, self-care, and group dynamics. These are skills that employers are looking for and will help boost your resume. After a student passes the course, they will receive a Certified Peer Educator certification and a letter of recommendation. Stay tuned for upcoming sessions.