Student Transition & Success

The New Students & Retention Office can assist with and help problem solve 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 appropriate staff member and come up with a possible plan of action.

New Students & Retention
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
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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.

Transfer Students

Transitioning from another college to Rockhurst can be challenging. There are new procedures and processes. The campus is unfamiliar and you may begin to worry that you will not make the right connections with other students and faculty. Our hope is that each transfer student seeks out the assistance they need to make a smooth transition and is able to be productive up until graduation.


The New Students & Retention Office can assist and help problem solve about anything that might be interfering with your student’s success, such as roommate difficulties, academic problems, personal concerns, family situations, time management, etc. Parents need assistance too! Feel free to reach out to voice concerns or ask questions.

Additional Resources

Rockhurst University has many qualified professional staff that are readily available to your student.

Academic Advising
Advisors can assist with academic questions and help map out class schedules and major requirements.

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

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

Learning Center
Assists with academic concerns and offers tutoring in any subject.

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