May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog


This section provides information on admission procedures for undergraduate programs. Students considering graduate programs should review specific admission and program requirements in the Graduate section of this Catalog.

Undergraduate Admission

The Admission Committee grants acceptance to students who have demonstrated their ability to benefit from the education offered at Rockhurst University, without regard to religion, race, gender, age, disability or national origin. In most cases, this judgment will be based upon records of prior academic work. It is the responsibility of the applicant to see that all transcripts, records of tests and recommendations that give evidence of scholastic ability, character, and other credentials predictive of success at Rockhurst are forwarded to the Office of Admission at Rockhurst University. Campus visits are encouraged and pre-admission counseling is available.

Rockhurst University welcomes students from diverse religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds and strives to maintain an atmosphere of respect and sensitivity toward the ultimate dignity of every person.

Admission from High School

To be considered for admission to the freshman class, an applicant should first have forwarded the following materials:

  1. File a completed application online at
  2. An up-to-date, official transcript including three years of high school work and rank in class; if rank is reported;
  3. A $25 non-refundable application fee. The fee may be waived based on written request from the student’s secondary school counselor. The application fee may be waived for online applications or on special application mailings.

Enrolling freshmen will be required to present a final official high school transcript to Rockhurst University. This transcript needs to show date and verification of graduation. Failure to provide proof of high school graduation can result in the loss of a student’s admitted status.

To be considered for admission, an applicant’s transcript must show not less than 16 academic units from an accredited four-year high school, or 12 academic units from an accredited three-year high school. Rockhurst recommends that students complete the following academic units: four English; three math; three history-social sciences; two units of science (including at least one lab science); four to five units of academic electives (at least two units of foreign language are recommended).

Admission with Advanced Placement from High School

Rockhurst University will grant advanced placement and/or credit to high school graduates who have proven their competence by their scores on the Advanced Placement Tests administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Scores of 4 or 5 may result in the granting of college credit and a score of 3 will allow consideration of advanced placement in the subject. A student wishing to have Advanced Placement test results evaluated for credit should submit official score reports to the Office of the Registrar if not previously submitted to Admissions. (See “Note .”) See also “Placement and Course Equivalencies for Advanced Placement Tests” on the Rockhurst University website.

Dual Credit

Students who were jointly enrolled in college courses (from regionally accredited institutions) while attending high school may receive college credit provided the work falls within the Rockhurst curriculum guidelines. There is no limit on the number of dual credit hours which may be counted toward the 128-hour graduation requirement for the undergraduate Rockhurst degree (note the limit on the number of credits that may be transferred in from a two year junior or community college). There is no limit on the number of dual credit hours which may be earned through the Rockhurst University Advanced College Credit Program (ACCP). However, a student may earn no more than 11 hours of ACCP credit in any given semester from Rockhurst University, with the exception of those students taking ACCP courses under a vocational or certificate program agreement that exists between Rockhurst University and their high school. If an ACCP student is enrolled at Rockhurst University full time, then they would not incur the additional full-time undergraduate student fees.

Official college transcripts must be submitted at time of admission for evaluation of dual credit taken while in high school. Official transcripts of dual credit courses that are not provided at time of admission may result in the student taking duplicate courses for dual credits previously completed. There is no limit on the number of hours accepted toward the degree for college credits earned during high school if taken from regionally accredited institutions. An official transcript is required for all college credit received from dual credit courses.

Admission with International Baccalaureate Credit from High School

Rockhurst University recognizes the rigorous course of studies undertaken by high school students enrolled in approved International Baccalaureate programs. Therefore, high school students enrolled in higher-level International Baccalaureate courses are entitled to consideration for the granting of college credit for these courses. A score of 5 to 7 on the higher-level examinations will result in the granting of college credit equivalent to the lower division courses published in this catalog. A score of 4 will allow the student consideration for advanced placement in a given subject, but will not warrant the granting of college credit. A student wishing to have International Baccalaureate test results evaluated for credit should submit official score reports to the Office of the Registrar if not previously submitted to Admissions. (See “Note .”) See also “Placement and Course Equivalencies for International Baccalaureate Examinations” on the Rockhurst University website.

College Level Examinations

Rockhurst University enables students who have had advanced courses in high school and have done well in them to proceed at a faster pace in college and to take advanced work more quickly. For this purpose, those who wish, may take Subject Level Examinations in various areas of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) administered at centers throughout the United States during the year. General CLEP Examinations are not accepted. A student wishing to have CLEP test results evaluated for credit should submit official score reports to the Office of the Registrar if not previously submitted to Admissions. (See “Note .”) See also “Placement and Course Equivalencies for College Level Examination Program” on the Rockhurst University website.

Note: Students who achieve acceptable scores may be granted exemption from requirements and/or credits up to a maximum of 32 semester hours from Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate CLEP, or other non-traditional work. There is no limit on the number of hours accepted toward the degree for college credits earned during high school if taken from regionally accredited institutions.

Admission with a GED (General Education Development) Certificate

Students who have completed their GED can apply for undergraduate admission to Rockhurst University. An official GED certificate and all high school transcripts must be supplied to support the application.

Transfer Admission/Admission from Other Institutions

Applicants with a least 12 credit hours from an accredited college or university are eligible to apply as a “Transfer” student. To be considered for transfer admission, applicants should complete the following procedures:

  1. File a completed application at the Admission Office or electronically through;
  2. Request the following credentials be sent to the Office of Admission:
    1. Current official transcripts from each college or university attended;
    2. Applicants with less than 24 college credit hours must also submit high school transcripts;
    3. Transfer students who will be participating in Rockhurst University athletic programs - see below for additional requirements to be eligible to play.

The application and credentials will be reviewed prior to making an admission decision. Applicants with fewer than 24 college credit hours will be evaluated upon receipt of college transcripts and high school transcripts.

Transfer Athlete Admission

In addition to the standard admission requirements for Transfer students, any student who plans to participate in a Rockhurst’s sports program must submit their final official high school transcript, even if they have earned more than 24 college credit hours. This is an NCAA requirement for all athletic programs. This requirement is only for athletic eligibility. We will evaluate a student’s record for admission to the university separately.

The official high school transcript must be submitted to the Registrar’s office before the student may participate in any Rockhurst team events.

Undergraduate Evening Program Admission/Admission from Other Institutions

Students who choose to submit an application to pursue either a degree or certificate in the evening program should complete the following to be considered for admission:

  1. File a completed application at the Admission Office or electronically through;
  2. Request the following credentials be sent to the Office of Admission:
    1. Current official transcripts from each college or university attended;
      1. if a certificate seeking applicant has received a degree from another university, we only require the transcript from the degree granting university.
    2. Applicants with less than 24 college credit hours must also submit high school transcripts;

The application and credentials will be reviewed prior to making an admission decision.

Transfer Credit

Rockhurst University accepts transfer credit under the following guidelines:

  1. Institutions must be accredited by a higher education accrediting association.
  2. A maximum of 64 hours can be transferred from two-year junior or community colleges.
  3. Coursework must have a minimum grade of “C-” achieved in order to be accepted. Coursework accepted with a minimum grade of “C-” may not be used to satisfy upper-division major or minor requirements.
  4. Coursework with a grade of Pass, Credit, or Satisfactory will be accepted only with documented evidence that such grades are at least equivalent to a minimum “C-” grade.
  5. Credit hours, not grade points, are counted toward Rockhurst degree programs.
  6. Practicum, cooperative education, field experience, internship, etc., are not accepted.
  7. Correspondence work is accepted only under special circumstances, and with prior approval of the academic dean.
  8. Transfer coursework attempted after enrolling at Rockhurst must be pre-approved in order to count toward the student’s Rockhurst degree program.

For institutional accreditation reasons, the University is required to have on file official transcripts from all institutions of higher education a degree-seeking student has attended, whether or not the credit is applied to their Rockhurst degree program.

Rockhurst University reserves the right to reject course work from institutions not accredited through North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or other accrediting associations as determined by the Registrar’s Office. Such course work is not accepted for transfer or satisfaction of degree requirements at Rockhurst University.

Associate Degree Block Transfer Programs

Rockhurst University accepts Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees from regionally accredited community colleges in place of the full Rockhurst core requirements. Students who have received their AA or AS degree at time of acceptance to Rockhurst will only be required to take a few 3 credit hour upper-division courses in place of Rockhurst’s full core requirements. This allows those Associate degree students to graduate within two years of enrollment.

Students in the AA or AS block program will need to complete the following three-credit-hour upper-division courses:

  • Philosophy: PL 3100, Ethical Theory
  • Theology: An upper-division course in Christian Theology
  • An upper-division course (3000 level and above) in another liberal arts field 
  • Note: the AS degree requires two upper-division courses in another liberal arts field)

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Admission to Certificate Program

Applicants seeking admission to a certificate program only must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent or meet current admission standards for transfer students. Additionally, applicants must be in good standing at the last school, college, or university attended. If at any time the “certificate only” student wishes to enter a degree program, the student must reapply to Rockhurst University and meet the regular admission standards for degree-seeking students.

Campus Visit

As part of the application process, students are encouraged to visit the main campus. The visit includes a full campus tour, meeting with an admissions counselor and appointment with a faculty member (if available). An appointment may be made by calling (816) 501-4100 or (800) 842-6776 or via the web at

International Student Admission

An international student is any student who is not a citizen or resident legally permitted to remain in the United States for purposes of pursuing a full course of study in a specific educational program at a school in the United States that has been designated by the Department of Homeland Security as eligible to offer such programs. International students holding current F1 or other appropriate visas and currently attending an eligible U.S. institution are also considered to be international candidates for admission. All international candidates for admission must submit the following materials:

  1. An official international application;
  2. English translations of final official transcripts from all high schools and institutions of higher learning. These official transcripts must be evaluated by an agency acceptable to Rockhurst which specializes in the evaluation of academic institutions outside the United States. An official report from the agency must be submitted to the Admission Office;
  3. Results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Proficiency in both written and spoken English is a requirement for students participating in Rockhurst University undergraduate programs. Students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL before being considered for admission. The minimum score required for admission to an undergraduate program is as follows: 550 on the paper-based test; 213 on the computer-based test; 80 on the internet-based test. Scores must be within the last two years.
  4. Other acceptable ways to prove English proficiency include:
    1. iTEP score of a 3.9. Scores must be within the last two years.
    2. Proof of graduating from a high school or college where English is the primary mode of instruction.
    3. Transfer student who has or is currently studying at a college or university in the United States for at least one full academic year and having a record of strong academic performance.
  5. Results from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) may be required;
  6. Certification from a bank or a legally binding affidavit of financial support (in English and US dollars) indicating the student’s ability to pay for educational expenses. Please contact admissions for the amount of support required.
  7. A $50 application fee. The application may be waived for online applications or on special application mailings.

International students are encouraged to submit applications and documentation prior to regular application dates due to the additional time that may be required to review foreign credentials and to prepare visa documentation.

An I-20 Form will be issued to the international student by the Rockhurst University International Student Advisor when the student has met all admission requirements.

International students are required to participate in the student health insurance program during their tenure at Rockhurst.

Health Insurance

A health insurance plan designed for the students of Rockhurst University is currently available to all students. Benefits under this plan are described in detail on the Rockhurst website. Full-time undergraduate (12 hours or more) or full-time graduate (9 hours or more) students are automatically enrolled in this program unless they waive the requirement through our web-based enrollment/waiver system by the established deadline.  Enrollment in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is mandatory for all full-time undergraduate (12 credit hours or more), graduate (9 credit hours or more).  Exceptions include full-time graduate students in the MBA, MSBIA and MMA program, part-time, accelerated option, Executive MBA, DO/MBA, MBA/PHY, post-baccalaureate student who all may voluntarily enroll in this program.   Dependents of full-time students may also be eligible for enrollment in the plan.

Non-Degree Seeking Admission (Unclassified, Auditors, Visiting Students, Exchange Students)

Unclassified: Individuals are welcome to enroll for up to 18 hours as “unclassified,” nondegree seeking students. Applicants seeking admission as unclassified students must have completed the requirements for a high school degree or equivalency program. Additionally, applicants must be in good standing at the last school, college or university attended. Students entering Rockhurst as unclassified students are not eligible for institutional financial aid.

A Non-Degree Seeking Application may be obtained through the Admission Office or filed electronically through Acceptance is valid for one term and will need to be renewed each academic term. Rockhurst University reserves the right to limit the number of cumulative credits taken as an unclassified student to 18 hours.

Auditors: Those students taking courses for interest or the development of their own skills and not with the intention of seeking credit or a degree may enroll in courses for audit. Auditing students are not required to do course work or to take examinations, but are expected to attend class regularly. Course fees for credit and audit are the same. Students may not change from audit status to credit status after registration. Students may change from credit to audit status. The procedures and deadlines for withdrawal from individual classes also pertain to changes to audit status. Students wishing only to audit classes should follow the same application procedures as non-degree seeking applicants. Students entering Rockhurst as auditors only are not eligible for institutional financial aid.

Visiting Students: Students visiting Rockhurst University from other institutions of higher education must certify that they are in good academic standing at their home institution. Students entering Rockhurst as visiting students are not eligible for institutional financial aid. A student interested in attending as a visiting student should apply as a non-degree seeking student.

Exchange Students: Rockhurst University participates in the Kansas City Area Student Exchange (KCASE) consortium program. Institutions participating in the consortium are Avila University, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Community Colleges, and Park University. Rockhurst has an independent agreement with William Jewell College as well.

Under the terms of the KCASE consortium agreement, full-time students (enrolled in at least 12 semester hours) from member institutions are eligible to take one course per fall or spring semesters only, with no tuition charges. Eligible students must provide appropriate documentation from their home institution indicating their qualification for KCASE. Additionally, KCASE students must complete an Non-Degree Seeking Application and return it to the Admission Office prior to registration. All application fees are waived for KCASE students. Unclassified applications are available at the Admission Office or may be filed electronically at For more information about the KCASE program, see Exchange Programs  in the undergraduate Enrollment Policies section of this catalog.

Readmission to Rockhurst University

Rockhurst students who withdraw in the middle of a term may remain active for the upcoming semester. If they do not continue their studies in the subsequent spring or fall terms, they must apply for readmission to Rockhurst. Previous unclassified, auditing, visiting or exchange students are not considered candidates for readmission, but must follow the guidelines for standard undergraduate admission or transfer admission or unclassified admission as appropriate.

To apply for readmission, complete a Readmission Application available at the Admission Office or electronically at Applicants who have attended other colleges or universities since last attending Rockhurst must provide official transcripts from those institutions. Transfer course work from other institutions is considered under the same guidelines as other transfer course work and the individual must provide evidence of good standing at the other institutions.

Return the completed Readmission Application form to the Admission Office. The Admission Office will determine if the applicant is in good standing at Rockhurst University prior to readmission. To be in good standing at Rockhurst University, the applicant must resolve any financial encumbrance, academic probation or disciplinary matters with the appropriate campus office prior to admission. All transcripts from other institutions should be sent to the Admission Office. There is no application fee.