Rochester College in Rochester Hills Saturday announced it will change its name to Rochester University, reaffirming its foundation as a Christian university and serving as a commitment to continual improvement.
The transition process begins immediately, and the name change is slated to be complete in August 2020.
“For nearly 60 years, Rochester College has strived to provide an outstanding Christ-centered education to our students,” says Brian Stogner, president of Rochester University. “We have always been at our best when we have worked together, believed in ourselves, and stayed committed to our shared vision, faith, and principles. That’s what brought us to the milestone we’re at today, and it’s what will be needed as Rochester University continues its exciting journey.”
Rochester College has made some changes ahead of the announcement as part of the transformation. It expanded undergraduate programs; developed the Center for Social Engagement, which is a mission-based outbound program that impacts the well-being of communities locally and globally; fostered relationships with companies and community organizations to provide professional opportunities; joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference; expanded recruitment; and built and renovated facilities.
“Our growth process will continue during, and well after the name change is complete,” says Stogner. “We’re aiming high to expand our academics, to foster productive interfaith dialogue, and to continue building our athletic programs and on-campus experience. It’s an incredible time to be at Rochester University.”
Students will be recruited under the Rochester University name beginning in fall 2019, and the institution will celebrate its 60th anniversary in spring 2020. A complete timeline of milestones is expected by January 2019.
The school was founded in 1959 and has a student body of more than 1,200.