Rockhurst University, a private 4-year Jesuit university, is located on the southern side of Kansas City, MO. The compact, 55 acre campus makes an efficient use of space; all academic buildings surround the main quad with the imposing Rockhurst Bell Tower at one end. Rockhurst was founded in 1910 by Reverend Michael Dowling, S.J. The campus architecture is a blend of light-stone college gothic (castle-like) and contemporary structures. Kansas City is in the heart of the Midwest and is known for its rich history, vibrant culture and expansive cuisine (mainly consisting of beef). Kansas City is also close to the geographic center of the contiguous 48 states.
Rockhurst University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, Master’s Degrees and Doctorates in over 50 fields of study. Rockhurst is also noted for its Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Teacher Education programs; the largest programs on campus are in Healthcare-related fields and Business. Currently, there are no online degree programs offered. The school is comprised of four schools: College of Arts and Sciences; Helzberg School of Management; College of Health and Human Services and Research College of Nursing. The university also sponsors annual service trips (domestic and overseas). Per the states Mission statement, “Rockhurst University exists to transform lives by creating a learning community centered on excellence in undergraduate liberal education and graduate education. Rockhurst is Catholic and Jesuit, involved in the life and growth of the city and the region, and committed to the service of the contemporary world.”
There are over 2200 undergraduate students enrolled in Rockhurst University. Many live on campus in one of the three residence halls; there are many clubs and student organizations on campus as well, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the blue and white Hawks field teams in 9 sports and participate in NCAA Division II competition. The Vision of Rockhurst is that the school “will be nationally recognized for transforming lives and forming leaders in the Jesuit tradition. Inspired by the example of St. Ignatius of Loyola, this Catholic university community seeks to make God’s good world better through learning, leadership, service, and the pursuit of justice.” Rockhurst is committed to learning; therefore, we strive: To learn about all aspects of this God-charged world. To create an environment that values and champions the search for and communication of knowledge. To examine the moral and ethical implications present in each discipline and program. To view religious experience and religious questions as integral to the understanding of human existence and human culture. To foster love of the world that leads to the desire to create a better and more just existence.