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Rochester College
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Established 1959
Type Private
President Dr. Rubel Shelly
Undergraduates 881
Location Rochester, MI, USA
Campus Suburban, 77.25 acres
Nickname RC Warriors
Affiliations Churches of Christ

Rochester College is a private four-year college located in Rochester, Michigan and affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The college was founded in 1959.

Rochester College is primarily undergraduate and is split between commuting and resident student populations. The college also offers a developed continuing education and degree completion program for adult students. The college is governed by a board of trustees who are members of the churches of Christ. The college is composed of a College of Arts and Sciences, a College of Business and Professional Studies, a College of Education, and a College of Extended Learning. The Ennis and Nancy Ham Library provides service to students, faculty, staff, and others.

Rochester College was founded in 1959 as Michigan North Central Christian College, then later as Michigan Christian College, and in 1997, the board of trustees adopted the name Rochester College in order to more clearly portray the institution's nature as a liberal arts college in a Christian setting.

In 2005 Rochester College added a two year Masters of Religious Education degree that is designed to provide advanced preparation for men and women for full time ministry in church and para-church service, preparation for a life of scholarship and teaching, and personal spiritual enrichment.


Mission statement

The mission of Rochester College is to engage students in a vigorous liberal arts education within a Christian community for a life of study and service.

Through its mission Rochester College affirms:

  • A quality education stresses excellence and trains students to perform scholarly research, to write and speak with elegant simplicity, and to think critically and creatively.
  • An educated person reveres God and is committed to truth and justice.
  • An educated person is able to connect coherently the spiritual truths of God with the wisdom of humanity embodied in the arts and the sciences.
  • A Christian education demonstrates that a vibrant faith compels a life of private virtue and of social responsibility.
  • An educated person possesses a lifelong desire to grow intellectually and spiritually.
  • An educated person views a vocation as an opportunity for service and stewardship, rather than a passport to privilege.
  • This community and its professors nurture and incarnate a Christian world view sufficient for the challenges of postmodern thought and encourage the forging of relationships with others dedicated to that view.

Statement of purpose

Every college has unique characteristics. It knows who it is, why it exists, what are its foremost goals, and what are the core influences on its culture. This statement presents those characteristics of Rochester College.

Since 1959, Rochester College has been serving students from all over the world. Also since 1959, thousands of benefactors have made investments in the lives of these students. Both the students and the benefactors have chosen Rochester College because they identify with its vision of producing for the community and the world capable leaders who have integrity and Christian character.

From inception of the college, this vision has engaged individuals, foundations, and corporations. We hope it will engage you—as a student or as a friend of the college.


In 1954, members of the churches of Christ formed a Board of Trustees to establish an educational institution in the North Central region of the United States. After months of consideration, the board decided to establish a liberal arts college and purchased a beautiful country estate in rural Rochester, Michigan, for a campus site. In September 1959, the college opened as North Central Christian College, retaining that name until 1961.

In the years that followed, the institution operated under the name of Michigan Christian College. In 1997, the board adopted the name Rochester College in order to more clearly portray the institution's nature as a liberal arts college in a Christian setting. In the initial college catalog, leaders affirmed their dedication “to the task of leading students toward higher academic achievement.” The founders also stated their belief “that the development of Christian ideals in the life of an individual is highly important.” Leaders of Rochester College remain firmly committed to those ideals.

The campus of Rochester College has grown to exceed 80 acres (320,000 m2), assuring space for continued expansion. During the same time, college leaders have continued to develop and modify programs to meet the needs of students and a changing society.

On April 30, 2008, the Church Development Fund loaned Rochester College $19,950,000 CDF Reaches $500 Million in Total Assets!.

Rochester College ranks among the more than 100 colleges that failed the Education Department's test of financial strength.[1] Rochester College received a score of -.8 (on a scale of minus -1 to 3). Failing the test can be seen as an indicator that a college is in danger of not surviving, though the test was not designed to predict future outcomes. Nonetheless, over the past year, at least five of the institutions that show up as failing the financial test (based on data from their 2007 or 2008 fiscal years) have either shut down, merged with a wealthier nonprofit college, or sold themselves to a for-profit college company.


The Rochester College athletics program is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

Men's Athletics

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer

Women's Athletics

  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Athletic Championships

Year Sport League Title
2006-2007 Men's Soccer USCAA National Champions
2004-2005 Men's Basketball USCAA I National Champions
2003-2004 Men's Basketball USCAA I National Champions
1996-1997 Men's Basketball NSCAA National Champions
1988-1989 Men's Basketball NLCAA National Champions

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