Rochester College

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Rochester College
Rochester college interlockingRC logo.png
Established 1959
Type Private
Religious affiliation Churches of Christ
President John Tyson
Students 1,084
Undergraduates 667
Postgraduates 16
Location Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Campus Suburban, 74 acres (0.30 km2)
Athletics NAIA (Independent)
Nickname Warriors
Website www.rc.edu

Rochester College is a four-year, liberal arts college located in Rochester Hills, Michigan; a northern exurb of Detroit. The college was founded by members of Churches of Christ in 1959. Total enrollment for the fall 2011 semester is 1,084 students.

Rochester College is primarily undergraduate (though it offers some graduate programs, such as the Master of Religious Education) and includes both residential and commuting student populations. The college also offers a degree completion program for adult students. The college is governed by a board of trustees who are members of the Churches of Christ. The Ennis and Nancy Ham Library provides service to students, faculty, staff, and others.

Rochester College was founded in 1959 as North Central Christian College, then later renamed Michigan Christian College. 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.

History[edit]

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 country estate in Rochester Hills, 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. The campus of Rochester College has grown to exceed 74 acres (300,000 m2), assuring space for continued expansion.

Athletics[edit]

Rochester College teams are known as the Warriors. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA),[1] primarily competing as an Independent of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII); with the hopes of securing conference affiliation in the future.[1] The Warriors formerly competed in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and the National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA) prior to that, in which the college won a combined eight national championships. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, golf and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball.

Athletic Championships[edit]

Year Sport League Title
2012-13 Men's Basketball USCAA I National Champions
2010-11 Women's Softball USCAA National Champions
2009-10 Men's Golf USCAA National Champions
2008-09 Men's Golf USCAA National Champions
2006-07 Men's Soccer USCAA National Champions
2004-05 Men's Basketball USCAA I National Champions
2003-04 Men's Basketball USCAA I National Champions
1996-97 Men's Basketball NSCAA National Champions
1988-89 Men's Basketball NLCAA National Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (April 20, 2011). "Rochester College joins NAIA". The Oakland Press. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 

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