Application Process for Incoming Freshmen

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How to Apply to RU

  1. Submit your Application for Admission online:

  2. Send us your official ACT or SAT results (RU does not require the ACT writing test).

  3. Send us your official high school transcript. This can be sent electronically or mailed to Rockhurst University, Office of Admission, 1100 Rockhurst Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.

*Because the Rockhurst University mission and values encourage the pursuit of academic inquiry, service and social justice, applicants and admitted students will not be penalized as the result of any disciplinary action by their high school resulting from lawful, peaceful protests organized to make a stand regarding critical societal issues.

Our Admission Timeline

Here’s a quick guide to reference as you complete high school and prepare for life as a Hawk.

Spring/Summer Before Your Senior Year

  • Take ACT or SAT
  • Start narrowing down your list of colleges you’d like to apply to
  • Applications for the following fall go live in July

Fall Semester of Senior Year

  • Submit your application to Rockhurst if you haven't yet. Be sure to complete the process by sending official transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Visit campus and get to know Kansas City. We host personalized individual visits, as well as large open house events throughout the year.
  • Re-take the ACT or SAT. RU only considers your highest composite score for admission and scholarships, so it only benefits you to submit additional test attempts.

Spring Semester of Senior Year

  • Complete your FAFSA and be sure to send it to RU (priority deadline is February 1)
  • Select Breen and McCabe scholarship awardees are invited to attend Competitive Scholars Days which takes place in late January/early February (invitations sent closer to the event)
  • Apply for supplemental Rockhurst talent and interest scholarships (typically due in February)
  • Sign up for an Admitted Student Day which takes place in mid-February and mid-April (invitations sent to all admits closer to the event date)
  • Enrollment Deposit due date is May 1 (National College Candidate Reply Date). This deposit officially reserves your spot in the incoming class.
  • Advance class registrations for fall begin in late April and take place in Omaha, St. Louis and on-campus in Kansas City
  • Housing intent forms and applications for fall become available after January 1

Contact our admissions team at any time for guidance through this process. We can help by answering questions and providing you with more details on all of the above.