In the fall of 2009, Rochester College embodied an overall academic model called a Christian “Integrated Learning Community” (ILC).
ILC is an approach to education which recognizes that learning happens most effectively when it takes place in small communities, when it focuses on all of life, and when it is offered in creative formats. In other words, an education should not merely be a series of classes strung together on paper for a degree plan. A true education “integrates” classroom experiences with the rest of life. It is a journey that students take together as part of a community. As students live, study, eat, play, travel, serve, and pray together, they do not just obtain knowledge of certain subjects— they gain the experience and wisdom that make knowledge valuable.
Rochester College lives into the ILC model by taking advantage of its small size, and by pursuing a classic and transformative approach to education.