Rochester College is a private, four-year college located in Rochester, Michigan. Founded in 1959, the school maintains affiliations with the Churches of Christ. It was originally established as the Michigan North Central Christian College then later renamed Michigan Christian College. It was in 1977 that the board of trustees officially named the school Rochester College to clearly indicate the institution’s role as a liberal arts college in a Christian setting.
Primarily an undergraduate college, Rochester offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in various areas of study. It has two academic divisions through which students can choose a major – the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business and Professional Studies. Only one Master’s degree is available at the college – the two-year Masters of Religious Education degree which it added in 2005 to “prepare men and women for fulltime ministry in church and para-church service, a life of scholarship and teaching, or for personal spiritual enrichment.” In addition to all these, Rochester College also maintains and offers a developed continuing education and degree completion program for adult students.
Cost of attendance for academic year 2010-2011 is US$24,277 for fulltime, residential students and varies for commuter students depending on their choice of housing accommodations. The total cost of US$24,277 for residential students can be broken down into full-year tuition of US$16,424; on-campus room and board rate of US$6,046; student fee of US$1,632; and new student orientation fee of US$175.
To help its students pay for their cost of attendance, financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study arrangements is extended by the college.