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Rockhurst University
Founded in 1910, Rockhurst University is a private, coeducational Jesuit university located in Kansas...

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri

Founded in 1910, Rockhurst University is a private, coeducational Jesuit university located in Kansas City, Missouri. The university’s community as well as academic programs adheres to its motto: Learning, Leadership, and Service in the Jesuit Tradition.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,276 undergraduate students
67% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female
34% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
127 full-time faculty
117 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

52 percent of the students live on campus

School Location

Rockhurst University is located in the business and cultural heart of Kansas City.

Retention Fall 2014

89% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

69% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 5%
White 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 9%


Rockhurst has 14 teams competing at the NCAA Division II level. Men’s teams-  baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis; and women’s teams- basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball

Academic Programs

Accounting, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Communication, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical), English, Exercise & Sport Science, Finance & Accounting, Fundraising Leadership Studies, French, Global Studies, History, Information Technology, International Business, Leadership Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Nonprofit Leadership Studies, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Physics of Medicine, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Pathology, Theology & Religious Studies, Women’s Studies, Pre-Professional: Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Osteopathic Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician’s Assistant, Pre-Veterinary Medicine.

Rockhurst students are actively involved with their educations. The University embraces the Ignatian style of learning, where a student’s transformation spans all facets of their life, including spiritual and ethical. Students are given the challenge of taking their educations into their own hands. They must be willing to question their surroundings and actively involve themselves with subject matters.

Academic Support
In an effort to ensure the academic and personal success of each student, Rockhurst offers support services to guide student achievements. Academic advising is available to assist decisions regarding major choice and course selection. Career Services is another great resources offered to the Rockhurst community. Career service counselors help students establish clear objectives and goals for the future.

Festival of Student Achievement (FOSA)
The Festival of Student Achievement is an annual event that celebrates the academic achievements of students, faculty, and staff. Every year, instructors or outside organizations bring to attention outstanding efforts made by the Rockhurst community. The event also celebrates exemplary student leadership efforts.

Study Abroad
Rockhurst students have the option to study abroad during their undergraduate experience. There are numerous programs available through affiliated universities, as well as the three programs offered by Rockhurst. Students that want to study through one of the University’s programs can choose from Mexico, France, and Spain. 

Rockhurst has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1 and an average class size of 24. Students benefit from these numbers, receiving a more personal and individualized education. Professors adopt roles as mentors, working with the individual needs of each student. This effort truly lends a hand to student success.

Hear It From Them
Professors at Rockhurst are passionate about the importance of student-faculty interaction. Being a professor is a rewarding experience—one that Rockhurst faculty uphold with honor.  Rockhurst instructors believe that their role to influence and educate students often goes beyond teaching and becomes mentoring, and they are proud of their ability to educate and influence students. 

Rockhurst offers its students access to over 70 clubs and organizations, including the option to join a sorority or fraternity. Involvement in organizations is highly encouraged by the University because of the many benefits it affords. Students that are involved in campus activities meet more students, enjoy the campus outside of academia, and develop their interests.

Rockhurst participates as an NCAA Division II school, offering men and women’s intercollegiate programs. For non-student athletes, there are several opportunities for involvement. Rockhurst has intramural sports, as well as recreational sport activities.

Rockhurst recognizes the importance of a college education, while also acknowledging the work that must go into making it a worthwhile investment. When students enter the workforce, they need to be prepared to handle the demands of society. Rockhurst is committed to that preparation, turning out well-rounded intellectuals who are ready to tackle any challenge.

Career Services
Career Services is available to guide student decisions regarding career path and goals. Students are encouraged to utilize the resources offered by the center, even after they have graduated.

Co-Ops and Internships
Rockhurst encourages participation in internships and co-op programs, recognizing the many benefits that hands-on experience affords. Students that wish to be involved in a co-op must be willing to commit 120 hours a semester to their program. They also have to have completed 60 credit hours and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.


Admissions Fall 2014

2,494 Total Applicants
1,919 Total Admissions
399 Total Freshmen Enrollment

76.94% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 510 640
SAT Math 485 650
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT Math 22 27
ACT English 23 30
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $32,075
Fees $790
Total $32,865
Room and Board (on campus) $9,080
Room Only $5,480
Board Only $3,600
Estimated Total On Campus $41,945


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
64% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$24,231 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,709 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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