Providing lifelong learning for more than five decades, Rend Lake College has achieved a lot. It's all credited to the quality and devotion of our students, faculty, staff and administration. RLC remains committed, every day, to every student. Below is a collection of achievements that have made us a regional leader through higher education.


Academic Achievement


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About 400 RLC students earn a spot on the President's List (4.0 GPA) or Vice President's List (3.5 - 3.9 GPA) each semester

Source: RLC Institutional Data Book FY17

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Our students' recent success rate is about 96% in gaining credit for classes they take. 

Spring 2017 = 95.5%
Fall 2016 = 95.6%
Summer 2016 = 96.7%  

Source: RLC Institutional Data Book FY17

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Keeping class sizes small allows us to give each student the attention he or she deserves. Our average instructor-to-student ratio is 18 to 1.

Source: RLC Institutional Data Book FY17


Student Learning Success

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Download the Student Learning Success Report HERE 



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The 2017 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) Key Findings report provides benchmark comparisons between RLC, top-performing colleges, and the CCSSE cohort. It also highlights aspects of highest and lowest student engagement at RLC, as well as results from five CCSSE special-focus items.

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RLC submits its annual Resource Allocation Management Plan (RAMP) to the Illinois Community College Board. This is a type of "wish list" for possible state funding. Projects on RLC's RAMP list currently include a new Allied Health Building, and additions to the Student Center and Applied Science Center.

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Master Plan

The purpose of District Site and Construction Master Plan is to provide direction in the growth of the College’s built environment. The plan shall serve as the guideline for acquiring new sites and facilities and for the construction of new facilities on the existing Rend Lake College campuses.



Professional Success

RLC Science Grad Dr. Andrea Kroetz helping to save endangered species with NOAA

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 We are Warriors

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