Non-degree Seeking Students FAQs

Who is considered to be a nondegree-seeking student?
Nondegree-seeking students are those who wish to attend Rockhurst for a limited time and return to their home institution. Nondegree-seeking students are generally not eligible for institutional financial aid.

Who is considered to be an unclassified student?
Students who are not seeking a degree are welcome to enroll in a limited number of classes. Unclassified students are generally not eligible for institutional financial aid.

Who is considered to be an auditing student?
Auditing students are those who who take classes for interest or skill development with no intention of seeking credit or a degree. They do not need to do coursework or take exams but are expected to attend classes regularly. Students may not change audit status to credit status after registration. Auditing students are generally not eligible for institutional financial aid.

Who is considered to be a KCASE or exchange student?
KCASE or exchange students are those in the Kansas City Area Student Exchange (KCASE). All application fees are waived for KCASE students.

Does Rockhurst need my high school transcript?
If you have fewer than 30 credit hours, Rockhurst will need an official copy of your high school transcript.

What kind of university is Rockhurst?
Rockhurst is an independent, coeducational university offering graduate and undergraduate programs that combines professional preparation, rigorous intellectual inquiry and broad-based learning in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Must I be Catholic to attend Rockhurst?
A little more than half of all Rockhurst undergraduates are Catholic. The rest represent a variety of religious beliefs and traditions. Students of all faiths and value systems are welcome.

How big is Rockhurst?
Rockhurst has about 3,000 students from 27 states and 15 foreign countries.

  • 76% are undergraduates
  • 24% are graduate students
  • The 55-acre main campus is located in the heart of Kansas City.
  • More than 50% of students live on campus in three residence halls and the Townhouse Village, which features apartment-style living.

When should I apply for admission?
Transfer students may apply any time throughout the year. However, in order to take advantage of all financial aid opportunities, it is preferable to apply by April 1. Learn more about the application process.

How do I apply for financial aid?
You should begin applying for financial aid as soon as you have submitted an application for admission. Keep in mind that you won't be awarded financial aid until you are accepted to the university. Your chance of receiving a more comprehensive financial aid package increases the earlier you submit a financial aid application.

Applicants should submit financial applications by Feb. 15 for priority consideration for federal and university funds.

Where is Rockhurst University located and how can I visit?
Rockhurst is located at 54th Street and Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Mo., only a few blocks from the city's cultural and shopping corridor. Take a virtual tour or schedule a campus visit to see for yourself what Rockhurst has to offer.

What majors and minors are offered?
Rockhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate fields of study.

What is there to do at Rockhurst?
From outdoor concerts to theater productions to intramural sports, there is always something going on at Rockhurst. Attend film festivals, listen to prize-winning authors, poets and humanitarians, or join any of our more than 50 student organizations. Getting involved is a great way to develop leadership skills and to meet people with similar interests.

Beyond the doors of the university's tight-knit community lies the fast pace of an urban city. Kansas City abounds with cultural events and internship opportunities, and is home to five professional sports teams, a world-class art museum, lots of live music and plenty of good times.

Can I afford to attend Rockhurst?
Rockhurst's tuition and fees are among the lowest of all Jesuit colleges and universities. And with several types of financial aid available, you're likely to find it surprisingly affordable. More than 97% of students receive financial aid, and the average package is $17,500.