More About the Region: Campus History

(Top) The original structure for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. (Bottom) The charter class of the College on their first day school, September 1972.  (Below) The University of Illinois Rockford following the expansion project.

Since 1971, the College of Medicine at Rockford has focused on building an academic medical institution committed to education and advocacy, dedicated to research and continuous innovation, and centered on clinical service in the surrounding communities.

Located on a beautiful 20-acre, wooded site, the College provides students with their second, third and fourth years of medical education. Currently, students spend their first year on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus and transfer to Rockford to finish their medical education. Beginning in 2017, students will complete all four years of their training here. The College has become a center for internationally recognized research efforts funded through grants awarded by government agencies, private foundations and other resources.

In the summer of 2008, the College broke ground on a state-of-the-art expansion project to add classrooms, enhanced library and study areas, new research facilities, conference rooms for symposia, and a standardized patient suite to its existing facilities.

Today, the College is a regional health sciences center. The campus is home to the  regional College of Pharmacy program, the UIC College of Nursing advanced degree program, the master’s in medical biotechnology program, a public health certificate and Health Systems Research.