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Accelerate your life.

Getting a great degree in half the time? Earning your degree online from home or studying at a campus close to home or work? Or a flexible schedule that fits with your work, personal and family life? Are you interested in small class sizes, hands-on learning and a unique perspective from instructors that share your worldview? If you’re ready to move your career forward, our Center for Extended Learning offers accredited degree programs designed to serve the unique needs and learning styles of busy people like you.
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The RC Advantage

  • Earn your degree in as little as 16 months
    Our accelerated classes make getting the degree you want more convenient and affordable with online/campus courses that are completed in just eight weeks!
  • Transfer in up to 90 credit hours
    Get a head start on your degree by transferring up to 90 credits from other schools – that’s more than most colleges typically recognize. Credit may also be granted for military training, CLEP and DANTES tests. Ask your adviser how you may earn credit by examination.
  • Complete your degree on your schedule
    We can customize your program to meet your timing.
  • Full-year registration
    Register for all your classes for the next year, which assures your seat in the class, allows you to plan your time and financial aid.


Move your career forward.

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Whether you prefer online, in-class or a combination of the two, we offer accelerated BBA and BS degrees in a wide range of disciplines that will enhance your skills and help you move up in your job, bump up in pay, or even switch up your career.

ManagementClinton Township, Rochester Hills
PsychologyClinton Township, Rochester Hills, Flint
Early Childhood StudiesClinton Township, ONLINE
Christian MinistryRochester Hills
Leadership with Management TrackClinton Township, ONLINE
Mass Communication with tracks in:

Clinton Township, Flint, Southfield
Associate of ArtsRochester Hills, Southfield


Ready to get started? Or do you still have a few questions? If so, contact your admissions adviser and they’ll help you with anything else you need.


With four locations in the Metro Detroit Area, we’re just a step away.

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We offer programs at our main campus in Rochester Hills, at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township, at Mott Community College in Flint, and at Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield. Since juggling work and a family can be a real challenge, we also offer a variety of online classes that support the degree programs offered at these locations:

Rochester Hills (Main Campus)

(248) 218-2222 Location Details »

Clinton Twp (Macomb Community College)

(586) 263-6288 Location Details »

Southfield (Specs Howard)

(248) 356-4875 Location Details »

Flint (Mott Community College)

(810) 762-0299 Location Details »


Don’t let financial worries hold UP your dreams.

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At Rochester College, we’re sensitive to the fact that with a career, work or a family to raise, returning to school might not seem like it’s in the budget right now. That’s why we offer numerous financial aid options that allow you to pay for college without draining your retirement account or forcing you to shoulder overwhelming college loans.

You can afford a degree! We’ll show you how:

CEL students can pay for their education in three convenient ways:

  1. Financial Aid
  2. Personal Payment Plans
  3. Third-Party Assistance such as employer reimbursement

Contact our Student Financial Services at (800) 521-6010 (option #2) or email and we’ll happily take the time to make sure you understand your options.

Students seeking admission to Rochester College’s accelerated degree programs must be 21 years of age or older, must have a minimum of three years of work experience, or must have completed an academic program from a host institution (Specs Howard School of Media Arts, Macomb Community College, and Mott Community College). Unconditional admission is granted to transfer students who have earned a minimum of a 2.25 cumulative GPA from regionally accredited colleges or universities. Students without college experience may be granted unconditional admission with a 2.25 high school GPA or an earned GED. Students who do not meet these criteria may be granted conditional acceptance by appealing in writing to their advisor. The minimum GED score prior to 2002 is 50. Beginning in 2002, the requirement is a minimum total score of 2,250 with no single test score below 410. For accelerated programs, up to 47 hours may be transferred toward the Associate degree and 90 hours toward the Bachelor’s degree. For any degree, at least 50% of a student’s major and minor core must be earned at Rochester College. In addition, once a student has reached senior status and completed 90 hours of coursework, no more than six hours of transfer work will be accepted. This policy is referred to as a “residency requirement” and is a standard practice at institutions of higher learning. Transfer credit is not applied toward the calculation of students’ Rochester College GPA.

Students pursuing a degree through the traditional program should consult the Concurrent Enrollment Policy in the RC catalog for eligibility to take courses from the CEL. Regular admission to the Bachelor of Science in the Early Childhood Studies degree completion program requires the completion of the equivalent of an Associate degree in Early Childhood. Prospective students who do not meet the regular GPA admission requirements may submit a written petition to the Director of Accelerated Learning for provisional admission (called Academic Alert). The written petition must include a rationale for why the applicant believes s/he will succeed in a challenging accelerated adult program. Students who are approved to be provisionally admitted on Academic Alert are limited to 6 credit hours their first semester. Provisionally admitted students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours through CEL’s Associate of Arts program with a 2.0 or higher GPA prior to being accepted into a Bachelor’s degree completion program. Completion of 12 or more credit hours at Rochester College with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 allows the student to be removed from Academic Alert.