RU Orientation

Welcome to RU Orientation! Orientation takes place the weekend before you start your first semester, and it presents important and exciting steps to set you up for success. Specifically, through Orientation you’ll:

  • Learn about all the resources Rockhurst has to offer
  • Meet faculty, staff, and student leaders who will introduce you to the spirit and traditions of RU
  • Explore academic and campus involvement opportunities
  • Meet new friends

You’ll feel welcome among your fellow classmates and excited for what lies ahead. What better way to kick off your time here at RU? Throughout the summer, please look out for your orientation packet and additional information emailed and mailed to you.

During Orientation each new student is on a team competing to win! You’ll find out what team you are on in mid-July when you receive a postcard from your team leaders. Meet the Orientation team leaders.

Discounted Hotel Accommodations

View discounted hotel rates available at Hampton Inn from Monday, August 12, through Wednesday, August 14, for athlete and desk assistant move in, and from Thursday, August 15, to Saturday, August 17.

Theme for 2019-2020: Magis

Friday, August 16, 2019

Time Event Location
7 am Residence Halls Open Various Campus Locations
7 am - 2:30 pm Assisted Move-in; teams will be ready to help you carry items to your room  
8 am - 2:30 pm Orientation Check-in Massman Rock Room & Gallery
2 pm - 3 pm Commuter Info Session Arrupe 114
2 pm - 3 pm Parent of Commuter Info Session Arrupe 116
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm All Parent Welcome Arrupe Auditorium
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm All New Student Welcome Meet at Pergola (then meet in small group)
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm Welcome Picnic for New Students & Families Kinerk Commons
6 pm - 7 pm New Student Welcome & Prayer Service St. Francis Xavier Church
7 pm Parents Depart  
7 pm Orientation Kick-off Pergola/Arrupe
7:45 pm Orientation Welcome Party Convocation Center

Service Day

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Time Event Location
8 am Breakfast on your Own Thomas More Dining Hall
9 am Resident Hall Meeting Residence Halls
10 am Orientation Roll Call Arrupe Auditorium
10:30 am Hawk Essentials with Your Team Various Campus Locations
12 pm Lunch & Finucane Kick-off Quad / Arrupe Auditorium
1 pm Travel, Serve, Reflect Various City Locations
  Free Time  
6 pm Roll Call, Dinner & Soccer Game Arrupe, Quad & UMKC Quad
9 pm Orientation Block Party Quad


Leadership Day

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Time Event Location
  Breakfast on your Own  
9:30 am Roll Call Arrupe Auditorium
10 am Team Meeting Various Locations
11 am Orientation Olympics Lower Bourke
1 pm Lunch & Free Time  
4:15 pm Roll Call / College 101  
5 pm - 5:50 pm College Life Sessions Arrupe Auditorium
6 pm University Mass St. Francis Xavier
7:15 pm Dinner, Find your Classes, Class T-Shirt & picture Lower Bourke
8:30 pm Final Presentation and Closing Candlelight Arrupe Auditorium

Welcome Week 2019

Monday, August 19
Chris Cakes pancakes for breakfast 10 am — 12 pm on the Quad
Sponsored by SAB

Tuesday, August 20
Meet the Greeks! 4 pm — 6 pm Lower Bourke
Sponsored by Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council & Student Life

Wednesday, August 21
Poster Sale, Massman Hall Rock Room 10 am — 6 pm
Residence Hall Program in Corcoran & McGee; see your R.A. for details

Thursday, August 22
Poster Sale in the Rock Room 10 am — 6 pm

Student Activities “Free Stuff” Fair 4 pm —5:30 pm on the Quad
Student Senate Barbeque 4 pm — 6 pm on the Quad
Come to the Quad, eat dinner; see all of the student organizations and get involved!

SAB $3 Movie Night, buy your ticket from 9 am — 4 pm, sign up for your late-night movie in the SAB Box, Massman Hall

Friday, August 23
Game Night, 9 pm — 12 am  Campus Ministry Center
Games, food, fun and new friends! Sponsored by Campus Ministry

Saturday, August 24
SAB Gift Basket Bingo, 8 pm – 10 pm Convocation Center
Food, prizes, raffles & fun!

Sunday, August 25
Student Mass, 6 pm   
Ice Cream Social, 7 pm
St. Francis Xavier Church, Sponsored by Campus Ministry

2017 Orientation Recap