Welcome to RU! Orientation presents information you need about becoming an RU student before you start your first semester. It’s an important step to take where you will learn about all the resources Rockhurst has to offer. You'll meet faculty and staff, as well as student leaders who will introduce you to the spirit and traditions of RU, the academic life at the University and other new students. Please look for your orientation packet and additional information emailed and mailed to you during the summer months.

Orientation 2017

Welcome and Learning Day — Friday, Aug. 18,  2017
7 a.m.  
Residence halls open  
8 a.m. -
2:30 p.m.     
Orientation check in & registration Rock Room (Massman lower level) and Massman Gallery (first floor)
3 - 4 p.m. Parent welcome Arrupe Hall Auditorium
3 - 4 p.m. New student welcome Pergola (will break into small groups for meeting)
4 -
5:15 p.m.   
Welcome picnic for new students & families Kinerk Commons (quad)
5:30 -
6:30 p.m.
University welcome & prayer service St. Francis Xavier Church
6:30 p.m. Parents depart  
6:30 p.m. Orientation kickoff Pergola/Arrupe
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.     
Orientation welcome party Convocation Center
Service Day — Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
8 a.m. Breakfast Thomas More Dining Hall (first floor Massman Hall)
9 a.m. Residence hall meeting Residence halls
9 a.m. Off campus/commuter student meeting Rock Room (lower level of Massman)
10 a.m. Orientation roll call Arrupe Hall Auditorium
10:30 a.m.       
Hawk Essentials with your team
various campus locations
Noon Lunch & Finucane Service Project kickoff Kinerk Commons (quad)
1 - 4 p.m. Travel to service site, service & reflection  
4 p.m. Free time  
5:30 p.m. Roll Call Arrupe Hall Auditorium
6 p.m. Dinner
Lower Bourke
7 p.m. Pep ralley and soccer game
Bourke Field
Leadership Day — Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017
8 - 9 a.m.        
Breakfast on your own
Thomas More Dining Hall (first floor, Massman Hall)
9:30 a.m. Roll Call
Arrupe Hall Auditorium
10 a.m. Team meetings
Various campus locations
11 a.m. Orientation Olympics Lower Bourke
1 p.m. Lunch & free time  
4:45 p.m. College Life Sessions Arrupe Hall and Science center
6 p.m. University Mass St. Francis Xavier Church
7:30 p.m. Rockomania: carnival, food and fun.  Recieve your class of 2021 T-shirt and have class photo taken
Lower Burke
9 p.m. Final presentation and closing candlelight ceremony  
Welcome Week 2017 - August 21 through August 27

Monday, Aug. 21

  • Chris Cakes: pancakes for breakfast — 10 a.m. to noon, Quad (Kinerk Commons)

Tuesday, Aug. 22

  • Meet the Greeks! — 4-6 p.m., Lower Bourke (Sponosred by Panhellenic, Intrafraternity Council and Student Life)

Wednesday, Aug. 23

  • SAB $3 Movie Night — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. buy tickets at the SAB Box, Massman Hall, main floor, for a late night movie
  • Poster Sale — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Massman Hall, Rock Room
  • Residence Hall Program in your community — See you R.A. for details

Thursday, Aug. 24

  • Poster Sale — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Massman Hall, Rock Room
  • Student Activities Free Stuff Fair — 4 to 5 p.m., Quad (Kinerk Commons)
  • Student Senate Barbeque — 4 to 6 p.m. Quad (Kinerk Commons) Eat dinner, see all the student organizations and get involved!

Friday, Aug. 25

  • Game Night (food, games, fun and new friends) sponsored by Campus Ministry — 9 p.m. to midnight, Campus Ministry Center

Saturday, Aug. 26

  • SAB Silent Rave: music, food, photo booth and more — 9 p.m., Lower Bourke 

Sunday, Aug. 27

  • Student Mass — 6 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church
  • Ice Cream Social — 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church (outside)