Freshman Transition & Success

Transitioning from high school to college is a challenge. As a new student, you must manage your own time and create a balance between classes, studying, working and socializing. Your surroundings are unfamiliar and you may begin to worry that you will not make the right connections with other students and faculty.  Simultaneously, you may be missing your family and friends. With everything being new, you may want to get some advice or assistance on how best to make a smooth transition and settle into campus life. Having a successful first year greatly contributes to your success all four years.

Check out these resources to help in your transition and beyond:
Director of New Students sandy.waddell@rockhurst.edu 816.501.4689

This office can assist and help problem solve with anything that might be interfering with your success, such as academic problems, homesickness, personal concerns, family situations, getting involved, time management, etc. With an open door policy, it is easy to connect with the staff member and come up with a possible plan of action.

Academic Advising robert.hamilton@rockhurst.edu 816.501.4291
Academic Advising terry.forge@rockhust.edu 816.501.4062
Academic Advising paul.nunez@rockhurst.edu 816.501.4062

These advisors can assist with academic questions and help map out class schedules and major requirements.

Campus Ministry cindy.schmersal@rockhurst.edu 816.501.4303

Offers individual spiritual counseling, retreat opportunities and other group activities focused on getting students involved and comfortable at Rockhurst. Information related to religious services offered in the KC area is available.

Career Services shelly.oliver@rockhurst.edu 816.501.4061

Assists students in selecting a major and finding work study jobs, off campus part-time jobs and internships.

Counseling Center rick.hanson@rockhurst.edu 816.501.4275

Individual counseling sessions are available free of charge to all fulltime students. Concerns ranging from anxiety, relationship problems or depression are common reasons students seek counseling.

Learning Center ann.volin@rockhurst.edu 816.501.4813

Assists with academic concerns and offers tutoring in any subject.

Residence Life mark.hetzler@rockhurst.edu 816.501.4843

Room changes, roommate difficulties, disciplinary sanctions, meal plans, hall closings and all things related to living on campus are handled by this office.