Rockhurst University is dedicated to transforming lives and forming leaders. By adopting the Ignatian approach to teaching, a Rockhurst education is designed to help students grow and develop as a whole person – intellectually, professionally, ethically and spiritually.

The Rockhurst core curriculum inspires students to think and communicate effectively and fosters a love of lifelong learning. Students are challenged to become critical thinkers and consider their impact on the world around them. This philosophy is reflected throughout the programs in all four academic divisions: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Helzberg School of Management, the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Research College of Nursing

Rockhurst University regularly seeks feedback from our students regarding satisfaction with their experience on campus.  The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) indicates that relative to students at 354 four-year private institutions, Rockhurst students:

  • Are more satisfied with their college experience overall.
  • Rate their college experience as better than expected.
  • Are more likely to enroll here again.
  • Score higher on all SSI scales relating to academics, student life, and campus services.

Freshmen and senior level students are also invited to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).  In comparison to 11 other Jesuit institutions and 156 Master’s-granting universities, students’ feedback indicates that:

  • Rockhurst continues to be more effective than peers in three benchmark educational practices: active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction and supportive campus environment.
  • Relative to Jesuit peer group, more Rockhurst seniors report participating in high impact experiences such as service learning, learning communities, internships, research with faculty and a culminating or capstone experience.