Incoming Freshman FAQs

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Can I afford to attend Rockhurst?

Rockhurst's tuition and fees are among the most affordable of all Jesuit colleges and universities. And with several types of financial aid available, you're likely to find it surprisingly within reach. More than 98% of students receive financial aid and we award over $30 million each year in institutional financial assistance.

Academic scholarships are awarded upon admission to the university. Admitted students can then apply for additional talent, interest, or competitive scholarships; and need-based financial assistance is awarded based on the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

What kind of university is Rockhurst?

Rockhurst is an independent, coeducational university offering graduate and bachelor's programs that combine exceptional professional preparation, rigorous intellectual inquiry and broad-based learning in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Must I be Catholic to attend Rockhurst?

No. A little more than half of all Rockhurst students are Catholic. The rest of our student body represent a diverse variety of religious beliefs and traditions. Students of all faiths and value systems are welcome at Rockhurst. Our faith tradition is one of invitation and inclusion, not of expectation or requirement. 

What majors and minors are offered?

Rockhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate fields of study.

How big is Rockhurst?

Rockhurst has approximately 3,000 total students from 27 states and 15 foreign countries.
76% are undergraduates
24% are graduate students
The 55-acre campus is located in the heart of Kansas City in the middle to top cultural, entertainment, and professional experiences
More than 50% of students live on campus in three residence halls, the Townhouse Village, and Rock Row

When should I apply for admission?

Rockhurst operates on a rolling admission basis, reviewing applications as they are submitted. However, priority is given to applications received by Dec. 1 for the following fall's freshman class. Learn more about the application process.

How do I apply for financial aid?

You should begin applying for financial aid as soon as October 1 of your senior year by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 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 February 1 for priority consideration for state, 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. Schedule a campus visit to see for yourself what Rockhurst has to offer.

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 welcoming 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.

How will Rockhurst prepare me for the real world?

Employers recognize the hard work that comes with a Rockhurst degree. That’s why 98% of Rockhurst graduates accept job offers or enter graduate school within six months of graduation. Career services staff brings the area’s best employers to campus to interview students for top-notch jobs. They also help you develop your interviewing and resume writing skills.

What will my professors be like?

Your classes will be taught by experienced professors and practitioners. No teaching assistants here. Rockhurst’s outstanding faculty strive to teach you how to think, not what to think. That’s why the prestigious Carnegie Foundation has recognized the quality of our faculty by naming it one of only 12 teaching and learning leadership sites in the nation.

How do you decide who is accepted to Rockhurst University?

Students are accepted to Rockhurst University based on the quality of several factors and case by case review. Those factors include grades and rigor in high school courses taken, ACT or SAT scores, class rank (if applicable), recommendations (usually from counselors or school administrators), honors, awards and involvement in activities outside of the classroom.