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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 its academic programs, adheres to its motto: Learning, Leadership, and Service in the Jesuit Tradition.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,077 undergraduate students
69% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
28% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
129 full-time faculty
110 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 2015

85% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

71% 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
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 in their educations. The University embraces the Ignatian style of learning, where students’ transformations span all facets of their intellectual, spiritual, and ethical lives. 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 students in deciding their major as well as in planning their course schedules. Career Services acts as an additionally beneficial resource that helps 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 successes of students, faculty, and staff. Every year, instructors or outside organizations bring to attention to some of the outstanding efforts that have been made within the Rockhurst community. Students who have completed research projects or creative pieces, put on outstanding musical or dramatic performances, or wrote compelling essays are invited to present their talents again at the Festival, showing all of their peers what they pursue beyond the walls of the classroom. They also celebrate exemplary student leadership efforts, highlighting all aspects of the extraordinary Rockhurst scholars.

Study Abroad

Rockhurst students have the option to study abroad during their undergraduate experience through numerous programs with affiliated universities as well as three programs offered by Rockhurst itself. Rockhurst’s own programs take students on immersive trips to Mexico, France, and Spain.

Hear It From Them

Rockhurst has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1 and an average class size of 24. These impressive numbers allow students to receive a more personalized education, and professors easily and readily adopt roles as mentors who can meet the individual needs of their students.

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 the simple act of teaching. They connect with individual goals and do all they can to cater to each student’s path to success both in and out of the classroom.

Student Activities

The Rockhurst community is enlivened by 70 student clubs and organizations, including the array of sororities and fraternities. The University highly encourages student involvement in extracurricular groups, as they fulfill students’ lives outside of academia. Getting involved in an area that interests them allows them to meet like-minded peers and connect them with communities that honor and appreciate them. Thanks to Rockhurst’s student activities, life on campus is full of fun and passion.


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 also has intramural and recreational sport activities for more casual fun.

Rockhurst recognizes the importance of a college education while also acknowledging that extra work must go into making it an ultimately worthwhile investment. When students enter the workforce, their education must be accompanied by a readiness to handle the demands of society. This truth encourages Rockhurst to continue its commitment to turning out well-rounded intellectuals who are ready to tackle any challenge.

Career Services

Career Services is available to guide student decisions toward their desired career options and goals. Whether they know what they want to do after graduation or have no idea how their major can be effective in the workforce, the staff are available to step in at any stage of their planning process. All students are actively encouraged to utilize Career Services, even as alumni. Rockhurst students are valued both during and after their time at the University, and so they have consistent access to the resources they need to advance in their careers.


Admissions Fall 2015

2,774 Total Applicants 
2,041 Total Admissions 
320 Total Freshman Enrollment

73.58% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 490 600
SAT Math 520 610
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT Math 23 30
ACT English 22 27
ACT Writing    


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Tuition $34,000
Fees $790
Total $34,790
Room and Board (on campus) $9,465
Room Only $5,755
Board Only $3,710
Estimated Total On Campus $44,255


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
69% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$23,761 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,024 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates