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Location
Rochester Hills, MI
Undergrads
696
Tuition
$20,010
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Senior

Academics: Unfortunately at Rochester College as a Mass Communications major, every single class is the same. You are not learning anything different in one class that you haven't learned in another or the next semester of classes you take. The workload is great especially while working full-time. We have to pay an extra fee for classes in a computer lab, but we don't even use the computers so it's not fair.

3 College Senior

Academics: The registration process is sometimes tricky because the advisors can forget to add/subtract/move your classes and can potentially ruin your schedule of graduation. As I mentioned, the workload is okay, but the subject matter is all the same. I can't even look forward to a new class because I already know we are going to learn the same thing. I wish there was more variety at this school for a 2 year Bachelor's accelerated program.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am very satisfied with my education thus far at Rochester College. The classes are small, which allows a more personal setting between the students and the teacher. The work load is challenging and sizable, but nevertheless manageable and comprehensive. I have no doubt that Rochester College will adequately teach me all that I need to know for my future in education.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I came to Rochester College because my mother graduated from the college and recommended it. I am now here with a major in education. I love the environment and how close-knit of a community it is. Everyone just about knows everyone, the students and staff alike are friendly and genuine, the classes are small and personal, everyone works together to make the college a desirable place to be. An added bonus is that I'm in the college's A Capella Chorus and I absolutely love that ensemble!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major in Heath Sciences/Physicians Assistant program is the main reason for me attending this school. The PA programs are not availble in most Colleges and universities in my state. This is the only small school that offers this program. All of the classes necessary to obtaining a degree is at this school. Although I will need to go elsewhere for my Masters, there is a major hospital (within 2 miles) as well as another University that has my master's program. I would love to stay in this area and explore options for internships and employment.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 62nd
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 112nd
    Best Registration Process
  • 134th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 217th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 234th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher Currie
Hometown
Gary, Indiana
Major
Mass Communications/Broadcasting
Grad Year
2012
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The academics at Rochester College are competitive with other mainstream college and university settings. Professors will typically have a master's degree or above. Several of the professors have had backgrounds in the private sector as well as having other careers part-time. Some professors teach classes on multiple RC campuses or for other schools also.

Given the relatively small student body at RC and the generally smaller class size, there is increased potential for personal attention and individualized help. Select classes are available online as well as in-classroom.The professors are genial and make themselves available to help students. There are also tutoring services, often handled by upperclassmen and graduate students, available at the ACE study lab.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
27
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
107
Total FT Faculty
27
Faculty with Terminal Degree
52%
Average Faculty Salary
$38,040
Full-Time Retention Rate
57%
Part-Time Retention Rate
75%
Graduation Rate
36%
Programs/Majors Offered
22
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 80%
  • 20 to 49 students: 18%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Division of Arts & Science
  • Division of Business & Professional Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 9%
  • Counseling Psychology: 8%
  • Mass Communication: 8%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Religious/Biblical studies
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
Online Courses
Several online course options exist for both undergraduate and graduate students. A student will have to complete at least one class online before graduation. Online classes will have one instructor. For traditional students, an online class will last approximately 16 weeks. For students in the Center for Extended Learning (CEL) program, an online class will be approximately 9 weeks. The classes typically start on a Monday, and students are expected to enter message board statements several times a week, in addition to any written assignments. Any tests given during the course are also handled online.
Best Places to Study
  • ACE Study Lab
  • Chapel Study Lounge
  • Dearborn Commons Lounge
  • Ham Library
  • Student Dorm Rooms
  • Utley Student Rec Room/Lounge
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be afraid to talk to people. Most students on campus are very friendly.
  • Get involved! There are many opportunities to be involved, though many choose not to be.
  • Keep up with the reading in each class. Reading will help you to be up to date and able to ask questions of your teachers.
Did You Know?
Rochester College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (based out of Chicago).

Student Polls

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  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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