International Students FAQs

What kind of university is Rockhurst? 

Rockhurst is an independent, coeducational university offering graduate and bachelor's 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.

What majors and minors are offered?

Rockhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate fields of study.

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.

Where is Kansas City, Missouri? 

Kansas City is located near the geographic and population centers of the nation. The metropolitan area is made up of about 1.8 million people, making "KC" the 36th largest city in the United States.

What is the weather like in Kansas City?

Kansas City has a generally warm climate with more than 200 days of sunshine throughout the year. Spring and summer are usually sunny followed by an extended fall and a mild winter. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 degree Celsius). The warmest month is July when average temperatures hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). Average annual snowfall is 20.1 inches, with 6.5 days with over 1 inch. Annual precipitation is 37.62 inches.

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.

Who is considered an international student? 

An international student is any student who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and attends, or has attended, a school not located on U.S. territory. An international student currently attending a U.S. institution on a student visa also is considered a international candidate for admission.

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.

What do I need to know about immigration? 

Learn more from the Immigration and Naturalization Service online at

Do I need to take the TOEFL? 

If English is not your native language, you must take the TOEFL.

What is an "official" document? 

Official documents are those that are sent directly from the testing agency, bank, etc. Rockhurst will not accept student copies.

Can I afford to attend Rockhurst?

Rockhurst's tuition and fees are among the lowest of all Jesuit colleges and universities. Also, scholarships of $5,000 to 14,000 are available to eligible undergraduate international students. Scholarships based on athletics, performing arts and writing also are available in varying amounts. To find out if you are eligible, contact an admission representative.

Where will I live? 

All freshmen and sophomores are required to live in one of Rockhurst's three residence halls: one is all-female, one is all-male and one is coed. Upperclassmen also can live in the townhouse village or off-campus. Ask your admission counselor about your best option.

Am I required to buy university sponsored health insurance?

International students may waive university sponsored health insurance as long as your policy meets the criteria noted below.

1. I agree that my coverage is active, with continuous coverage for the academic year.

2. I agree that my plan has an unlimited benefit maximum. 

3. I acknowledge my plan is fully compliant under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Students may also select university sponsored health insurance. 

Please note, make sure to carefully review your current policy to ensure it meets all three requirements and be attentive to co-pay and deductible levels that can add up quickly. If you are a student athlete, Rockhurst University health insurance is recommended, as it covers athletic injuries. 

How can I find out more? 

Contact the Office of Admission at 800-842-6776 or email