RU New Student Fall Semester Orientation

Students in a tug of war

Welcome to RU Orientation! Fall semester 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

Are you a new student joining us in January? Please see the following information about January 2021 New Student Orientation.

Whether you are a transfer or a first year student 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. Please check your Rockhurst email at least once a week! Haven't set that up yet? Contact Computer Services if you need help!

During New Student Orientation your attendance is mandatory. Each new student is on a team competing to win! You’ll find out what team you are on in late-July when you receive a postcard and a text from your team leaders.


 

New Student Orientation Details

 

Staggered move in, Tuesday, August 18 - Friday, August 21, 2020

If you are living on campus, you will be assigned a day and time range to move in. Simply drive up to the front of the residence hall where you will be greeted by staff and students who will guide you through the move in process. There you will receive your key and other important information and begin settling in. Orientation details and a packet of information including your class schedule and another checklist of things to complete on your first few days on campus will be given to you at check in. Activities and events will keep you busy on campus once you’ve moved in until classes begin. Plan to stay on campus the entire time.

If you are not living on campus Orientation begins for you on Friday, August 21 at 6:30 pm. Prior to this day you will be invited to a Commuter Welcome Zoom Meeting and you'll receive a great deal of information so you can plan. 

Checklist to Complete Before Orientation

  • Attendance at Orientation is mandatory. If you have a conflict with an event or are not comfortable coming to campus you must complete this exception form and await a response approval.
  • Download the Guidebook Ap. On your mobile device, search “guidebook” in your app store. Once you’ve downloaded the Guidebook app, use the left corner menu to “access another space”. Use the search tool to find the space called “Rockhurst University” and choose “Get” to download. Once downloaded, feel free to check out all the information and check back regularly for new pieces of information.
  • Upload a picture for your student ID photo to your Admissions status page at rockhurst.edu/me or email it to admissions@rockhurst.edu. Please do this before coming to campus or your move in/check in process will be delayed.
  • If you are living in the Residence Halls, please review your recorded hall meeting prior to coming to campus. If you're living in Corcoran your hall meeting is here.  If you're living in McGree your hall meeting is here.
  • Prepare your computer to access campus Wifi, please do this PRIOR to arriving on campus. Details on how to complete that are here.  
  • Check out tuition and fees, and get any questions answered by Financial Aid. Bills will be emailed to your student email on July 8 and are due August 14. Email or call Student Accounts with questions or to set up a payment plan. If this is not completed prior to coming to campus your move in could be delayed if you live on campus.
  • Due to new safety and social distancing protocols, all Rockstop Offices are now open to see students by appointment only. Students must now make an appointment before entering any of these Rockstop offices: Financial Aid, Student Accounts, or Registrar’s office. Please use these booking calendar links to make your appointment:
    Financial Aid Appointment Calendar,  Student Accounts Appointment Calendar – calendar also may be found at  https://www.rockhurst.edu/payonline,  Registrar's Office Appointment Calendar   - calendar also may be found at www.rockhurst.edu/academics/registrar Note: Until August 28th students may also book appointments at the Window Box in the front lobby of Massman Hall.  For your convenience, there is also now a Rockstop Drop-Box available outside the Rockstop entrance to drop off documents/forms for any Rockstop office. The box is emptied daily.

  • Complete the required online courses.  The Return To Campus COVID Course Instructions were emailed to all students on Monday, August 3 and must be completed by August 10. The email was sent from RUReady2return. If you have yet to receive that email you may find it here.

  • Complete the Get Inclusive/ Voices For Change on line course by September 1.  Instructions and login information will be emailed to your Rockhurst email account the week of August 3 and the class can be found on the Campus Portal (My.rockhurst.edu). This deadline has been extended from the original deadline due to delays in launching the course.
  • If you were unable to attend the New Student and Family Virtual Welcome on Thursday, August 13, 2020 view the recording here
  • Follow all social media accounts for weekly updates: Class of 2024 Facebook Group, Orientation Twitter, Orientation Instagram, Student Life Instagram  the fabulous Instagram created by our new students and Student Life Facebook.
  • If you are living on campus, contact your roommate. (Roommate assignment emailed no later than mid-July)
  • Complete the health insurance waiver, submit your immunizations and complete the TB questionnaire, if needed. (Complete between June 22 and August 28)
  • Review your schedule of fall classes and order books online. See the how-to video here
  • Register your vehicle online or opt out of the parking fee. Complete an online parking permit form. Pick up your pass during orientation.
  • Sign up for the Rock Alerts Emergency campus notification system. This also will make you aware via text of any weather-related emergencies on or around campus as well as if classes are canceled. 
  • Set up your RU email account and check it regularly. Contact Computer Services.
  • If living on campus, purchase personal property insurance (optional but recommended).
  • Reach out to your orientation leader with any questions. (Postcards and team number will be mailed in July)

Orientation events are mandatory for all new students.  If you have a conflict with a certain event or are not comfortable coming to campus please complete this exception form and you'll receive a response regarding next steps.

Schedule

AMDG A

Pre-Orientation Week - AMDG A Schedule

Welcome to Rockhurst 

Tuesday, August 18 

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Move In to Residence Hall

1:00 - 7:00 pm      Complete items on Move-In Checklist

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner in the Thomas More Dining Room (TMDR/Caf)

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Meet your Pre-Orientation Team

 

Wednesday, August 19

8:00 - 9:30 am      Breakfast available in TMDR

9:30 - 12:00 pm    Set up room, get to know roommate

12:00 - 2:00 pm    Lunch

2:00 - 3:00 pm      Complete Move-In check-list

3:00 - 4:00 pm      Group Exercise on the Quad led by Rockhurst Alumni

5:00 – 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 – 9:00 pm      Student Ambassador Take-Over
 

Thursday, August 20

7:00 - 9:00 am      Breakfast

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Finucane Service Project A               

1:00 - 3:00 pm      Lunch

3:00 - 5:20 pm      Hawk Essentials

5:30 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 pm      Virtual Trivia Night

 

Orientation Weekend - AMDG A Schedule

Friday, August 21

8:00 - 9:30 am      Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 pm  Meet Your Major on Lower Bourke                             

12:00 - 2:00 pm    Lunch

2:30 - 4:40 pm      Meet your Orientation Team

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Orientation Kick-off Event on the Soccer Field

9:30 pm               Netflix Watch Party

 

Saturday, August 22

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

10:00 - 11:30 am   Team Up + Small Group Meeting with Orientation Team

11:30 - 1:30 pm    Orientation Olympics

1:30 - 3:30 pm      Lunch

4:00 - 5:00 pm      Core Value Team Meeting

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Block Party on the Quad

 

Sunday, August 23

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

10:00 - 12:00 pm  Timer Photo Challenge

12:00 - 2:00 pm      Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm      College Life Student Panels

4:00 - 6:00 pm      Factualiy: The Game

6:00 - 7:00 pm      University Mass

7:00 - 8:30 pm      Dinner

8:30 - 9:30 pm      Closing Candlelight

AMDG B

Pre-Orientation Week - AMDG B Schedule

Welcome to Rockhurst
 

Tuesday, August 18

2:00 - 6:00 pm      Move in to Residence Hall and complete Move-In Checklist

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner in the Thomas More Dining Room (TMDR/Caf)

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Meet your Pre-Orientation Group

 

Wednesday, August 19

8:00 - 9:30 am      Breakfast

9:30 - 12:00 pm    Set up your room, get to know your roommate

12:00 - 2:00 pm    Lunch

2:00 - 3:00 pm      Complete Move-In Checklist

3:00 - 4:00 pm      Group Exercise on the Quad led by Rockhurst Alumni

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 pm      Student Ambassador Take-Over
 

Thursday, August 20

7:00 - 9:00 am      Breakfast

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Finucane Service Project A                        

1:00 -  3:00 pm     Lunch

3:00 - 5:20 pm      Hawk Essentials

5:20 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 pm      Virtual Trivia Night

 

Orientation Weekend - AMDG B Schedule

Friday, August 21

8:00 - 9:30 am      Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 pm  Meet Your Major on Lower Bourke                             

12:00 - 2:00 pm    Lunch

2:30 - 4:40 pm      Meet your Orientation Team

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Orientation Kick-off Event on the Soccer Field

9:30 pm               Netflix Watch Party

 

Saturday, August 22

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

10:00 - 11:30 am   Team Up + Small Group Meeting with Orientation Team

11:30 - 1:30 pm    Orientation Olympics

1:30 - 3:30 pm      Lunch

4:00 - 5:00 pm      Core Value Team Meeting

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Block Party on the Quad

 

Sunday, August 23

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

10:00 - 12:00 pm  Timer Photo Challenge

12:00 - 2:00 pm      Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm      College Life Student Panels

4:00 - 6:00 pm      Factuality: The Game

6:00 - 7:00 pm      University Mass

7:00 - 8:30 pm      Dinner

8:30 - 9:30 pm      Closing Candlelight

Ignatius A

Pre-Orientation Week - Ignatius A Schedule

Welcome to Rockhurst

 

Wednesday, August 19

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Move in to Residence Hall

1:00 - 6:00 pm      Complete Move-In Checklist

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner in the Thomas Moore Dining Hall (TMDR/Caf)

7:00 - 8:00 pm      Meet your Pre-Orientation Team

8:00 - 9:00 pm      Student Ambassador Take-Over

 

Thursday, August 20

7:00 - 9:00 am      Breakfast

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Finucane Service Project A                        

1:00 - 3:00 pm      Lunch

3:00 - 5:20 pm      Hawk Essentials

5:20 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm         Virtual Trivia Night

 

Orientation Weekend - Ignatius A Schedule

Friday, August 21

8:00 - 9:30 am      Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 pm  Meet Your Major on Lower Bourke                             

12:00 - 2:00 pm    Lunch

4:00 - 5:00 pm      Meet your Orientation Team

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Orientation Kick-off Event on the Soccer Field

9:30 pm               Netflix Watch Party

 

Saturday, August 22

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

10:00 - 11:30 am   Team Up + Small Group Meeting with Orientation Team

11:30 - 1:30 pm    Orientation Olympics

1:30 - 3:30 pm      Lunch

4:00 - 5:00 pm      Core Value Team Meeting

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Block Party on the Quad

 

Sunday, August 23

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

10:00 - 12:00 pm  Timer Photo Challenge

12:00 - 2:00 pm      Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm      College Life Student Panels

4:00 - 6:00 pm      Factuality: The Game

6:00 - 7:00 pm      University Mass

7:00 - 8:30 pm      Dinner

8:30 - 9:30 pm      Closing Candlelight

Ignatius B

Pre-Orientation Week - Ignatius B Schedule

Welcome to Rockhurst
 

Wednesday, August 19

2:00 - 6:00 pm      Move in to Residence Hall and complete Move-In Checklist

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 - 8:00 pm      Meet your Pre-Orientation Team

8:00 - 9:00 pm      Student Ambassador Take-Over

 

Thursday, August 20

7:00 - 9:00 am      Breakfast

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Finucane Service Project A                        

1:00 - 3:00 pm      Lunch

3:00 - 5:20 pm      Hawk Essentials

5:20 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm         Virtual Trivia Night

 

Orientation Weekend - Ignatius B Schedule

Friday, August 21

8:00 - 9:30 am      Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00 pm  Meet Your Major on Lower Bourke                             

12:00 - 2:00 pm    Lunch

2:30 - 4:30 pm      Meet your Orientation Team

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Orientation Kick-off Event on the Soccer Field

9:30 pm               Netflix Watch Party

 

Saturday, August 22

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

10:00 - 11:30 am   Team Up + Small Group Meeting with Orientation Team

11:30 - 1:30 pm    Orientation Olympics

1:30 - 3:30 pm      Lunch

4:00 - 5:00 pm      Core Value Team Meeting

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Block Party on the Quad

 

Sunday, August 23

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

10:00 - 12:00 pm  Timer Photo Challenge

12:00 - 2:00 pm      Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm      College Life Student Panels

4:00 - 6:00 pm      Factuality: The Game

6:00 - 7:00 pm      University Mass

7:00 - 8:30 pm      Dinner

8:30 - 9:30 pm      Closing Candlelight

Loyola A

Pre-Orientation Week - Loyola A Schedule

Welcome to Rockhurst
 

Thursday , August 20

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Move in to Residence Hall

1:00 - 6:00 pm      Complete Move-In Checklist

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner in the Thomas Moore Dining Room (TMDR/Caf)

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Meet your Pre-Orientation Team

 

Orientation Weekend - Loyola A Schedule

Friday, August 21

8:00 - 9:30 am      Breakfast

10:30 - 12:00 pm   Complete Checklist and Get to Know Your Roommate

12:00 -  2:00 pm   Lunch

2:30 - 4:30 pm      Orientation Team Meeting

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 - 7:30 pm      Orientation Team Meeting

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Orientation Kick-Off on the Soccer Field

9:30 pm               Netflix Watch Party

 

Saturday, August 22

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Finucane Service Project B

1:00 - 3:00 pm      Lunch

3:00 - 5:20 pm      Hawk Essentials

5:30 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 pm      Block Party

 

Sunday, August 23

9:00 - 10:30 am     Team Up, Small Group Meeting, Registrar

10:30 - 11:30 am    Orientation Olympics

11:30 - 12:30 pm    Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 pm     Core Value Meeting 

2:00 - 3:30 pm      College Life Student Panels

4:00 - 6:00 pm      Factuality: The Game

6:00 - 7:00 pm      University Mass

7:00 - 8:30 pm      Dinner

8:30 - 9:30            Closing Candlelight

Loyola B

Pre-Orientation Week - Loyola B Schedule

Welcome to Rockhurst
 

Thursday , August 20

2:00 - 6:00 pm      Move in to Residence Hall and complete Move-In Checklist

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner in the Thomas Moore Dining Room (TMDR/Caf)

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Meet your Pre-Orientation Group

 

Orientation Weekend - Loyola B Schedule

Friday, August 21

8:00 - 9:30 am      Breakfast

10:30 - 12:00 pm   Complete Checklist and Get to Know Your Roommate

12:00 -  2:00 pm   Lunch

2:30 - 4:30 pm      Orientation Team Meeting

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 - 7:30 pm      Orientation Team Meeting

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Orientation Kick-Off on the Soccer Field

9:30 pm               Netflix Watch Party

 

Saturday, August 22

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Finucane Service Project B

1:00 - 3:00 pm      Lunch

3:00 - 5:20 pm      Hawk Essentials

5:30 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 pm      Block Party

 

Sunday, August 23

9:00 - 10:30 am     Team Up, Small Group Meeting, Registrar

10:30 - 11:30 am    Orientation Olympics

11:30 - 12:30 pm    Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 pm     Core Value Meeting 

2:00 - 3:30 pm      College Life Student Panels

4:00 - 6:00 pm      Factuality: The Game

6:00 - 7:00 pm      University Mass

7:00 - 8:30 pm      Dinner

8:30 - 9:30            Closing Candlelight

Manresa A

Orientation Weekend - Manresa A Schedule

Welcome to Rockhurst

 

Friday, August 21

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Move in to Residence Hall

1:00 - 2:30 pm      Complete Move-In Checklist

2:30 - 4:30 pm      Orientation Team Meeting

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Orientation Kick-Off on the Soccer Field

9:30 pm               Netflix Watch Party

 

Saturday, August 22

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Finucane Service Project B

1:00 - 3:00 pm      Lunch

3:00 - 5:20 pm      Hawk Essentials

5:30 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 pm      Block Party

 

Sunday, August 23

9:00 - 10:30 am     Team Up, Small Group Meeting, Registrar

10:30 - 11:30 am    Orientation Olympics

11:30 - 12:30 pm    Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 pm     Core Value Meeting 

2:00 - 3:30 pm      College Life Student Panels

4:00 - 6:00 pm      Factuality: The Game

6:00 - 7:00 pm      University Mass

7:00 - 8:30 pm      Dinner

8:30 - 9:30            Closing Candlelight

Manresa B

Orientation Weekend - Manresa B Schedule

Welcome to Rockhurst

 

Friday, August 21

2:00 - 6:00 pm      Move in and Complete Move-In Checklist

5:00 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 pm      Orientation Kick-Off on the Soccer Field

9:30 pm               Netflix Watch Party

 

Saturday, August 22

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Finucane Service Project B

1:00 - 3:00 pm      Lunch

3:00 - 5:20 pm      Hawk Essentials

5:30 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 pm      Block Party

 

Sunday, August 23

9:00 - 10:30 am     Team Up, Small Group Meeting, Registrar

10:30 - 11:30 am    Orientation Olympics

11:30 - 12:30 pm    Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 pm     Core Value Meeting 

2:00 - 3:30 pm      College Life Student Panels

4:00 - 6:00 pm      Factuality: The Game

6:00 - 7:00 pm      University Mass

7:00 - 8:30 pm      Dinner

8:30 - 9:30            Closing Candlelight

Manresa C

Orientation Weekend - Manresa C Schedule

Welcome to Rockhurst

 

Friday, August 21

2:00 - 3:00 pm      Virtual Commuter Welcome

6:00 - 7:00 pm      Come to campus, meet on Kinerk Commons (aka the Quad), receive your wellness kit and folder of information, eat dinner, and meet your Orientation team

7:00 - 9:00 pm      Orientation Kick-Off on the Soccer Field

 

Saturday, August 22

11:00 am - 2:00 pm      Brunch

9:00 - 1:00 pm      Finucane Service Project B

1:00 - 3:00 pm      Lunch

3:00 - 5:20 pm      Hawk Essentials

5:30 - 7:00 pm      Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 pm      Block Party

 

Sunday, August 23

9:00 - 10:30 am     Team Up, Small Group Meeting, Registrar

10:30 - 11:30 am    Orientation Olympics

11:30 - 12:30 pm    Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 pm     Core Value Meeting 

2:00 - 3:30 pm      College Life Student Panels

4:00 - 6:00 pm      Factuality: The Game

6:00 - 7:00 pm      University Mass

7:00 - 8:30 pm      Dinner

8:30 - 9:30            Closing Candlelight

 

Theme for 2020-2021: Reflection and Discernment

Schedule to come soon

Orientation

Our current plan is to have a socially distant small group orientation to keep us all safe and healthy.
Mark your calendars to be on campus for Orientation Friday evening, August 21, and all day Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23. Keep in mind your attendance at Orientation events are mandatory. Refer back to this web page and check your email for details as they are determined.

Welcome Week 2020

Monday, August 24 – Sunday, August 30
Educational and Fun events to get you involved and connected! More information to follow as plans progress.

 

Discounted Hotel Accommodations

View discounted hotel rates available at Hampton Inn  use Corporate ID #560056132 from Monday, August 17, through Saturday, August 22.