Updated on May 23, 2024
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Along with bachelor’s degrees, students at Rockhurst University are able to earn certificates that take one to two years to earn, bachelor’s degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees for professional practice. Going to school in Kansas City, you’re going to have lots of options for places to go and spend time or grab a bite to eat when you aren’t in class. Take your time to learn where different places and located so you can go to have fun when you’re done studying.

Overview of Rockhurst University

You may have a few advantages that other students don’t. If you decide to attend classes at Rockhurst while you’re still in high school, you have the option of earning a dual degree: a high school diploma and a two-year degree. If you took and passed advanced placement exams, you can request credit for those exams. This gives you a few credits at the beginning of your college career, which means you won’t have to take as many classes as your fellow students.

Rockhurst University actually has a pretty small student body, just under 3,000 students enroll each year. A majority of the student population are undergraduate students, so you will have plenty of classmates. However, the student-to-faculty ratio is fairly low at 14 to 1, so you won’t be fighting for attention from your professors.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 14:1
Graduation Rate 76%
Year Founded 1910

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,990


Undergraduate Student

Male 918
Female 1,267

Graduate Student

Male 338
Female 467

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Male 1,157
Female 2,121


Male 764
Female 1,315

Acceptance Rate64%

Male 66%
Female 62%

Enrollment 399

Male 182
Female 217
Application Fee N/A
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 15, 2021
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Going to a university or college is completely different from attending public school. You have to pay tuition at college, just as you would for a private school. The total expenses at Rockhurst University in a recent year were $53,031 for on-campus living; for off-campus living, they were $55,911.

However, you and your family don’t have to pay for every penny of the cost. Instead, you can apply for financial aid, which is awarded based on your family’s annual income. During a recent academic year, the average net price (what’s left after financial aid is applied) was $22,688. Of course, since you will be awarded differing amounts based on how you’re your family earns, you’ll likely pay a different amount. A family earning less than $30,000 pays around $14,869, a family earning between $48,001 to $75,000 pays around $19,220, and a family earning over $100,000 pays around $25,248. This can change how you view the cost of a college, but you must also consider how much of that is likely to be loans that you will still have to pay back after you graduate.

As a new student qualifying for financial aid, you are likely to receive similar funding as did previous freshman classes. Most recently freshmen received an average amount of $28,937 in grants and scholarships. They also received $27,161 on average in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $22,688
Average Total Aid $28,937
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $9,690

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $38,760
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $38,760
  • Books and Supplies - $1,530
  • Room & Board - $9,690
  • Other - $4,535


That 14 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio means you’re going to be able to see your professors easily, just by scheduling appointments during their office hours.

Once you decide you’re staying at Rockhurst University for your second college year, your decision includes you in the retention rate, which measures the percentage of students who return to the campus for their second year of school. That number is 83%, which is excellent and lets you know that the majority of students think it’s worth their while to come back for the excellent classes, teachers, and positive school culture.

The overall graduation rate is solid at 76%, which is somewhat above the national average and not a bad number at all. The five most popular degree programs for undergraduates are business, management, marketing, and related support services; health professions and related programs; parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies; psychology; and biological and biomedical sciences. The most popular graduate programs are business, health professions and related services, and education.

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,990

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 139 Total Graduates / 34%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 120 Graduates
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 13 Graduates
Health and Wellness, General 5 Graduates
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 Graduates
All Business Majors 93 Total Graduates / 23%
Business Administration and Management, General 79 Graduates
Business/Corporate Communications 7 Graduates
Organizational Leadership 7 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 36 Total Graduates / 9%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 36 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 30 Total Graduates / 7%
Psychology, General 30 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 28 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 21 Graduates
Biochemistry 7 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 21%

Outcome & Salary

Upon graduation from Rockhurst University, you’ll be able to look forward to a pretty decent income. Graduate’s early career salaries average around $55,500 and their mid-career salaries are around $96,400.

Your total 4-year cost of school will average out to around $193,000. This number can help you determine your possible return on investment (ROI). Your 20-year net ROI is the number remaining after your cost of education has been subtracted. This means a graduate’s 20-year salary potential averages out to $529,000.

The high school graduate who doesn’t go to college earns a national average salary of $38,792 (see the difference between their salary and yours?). Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $56,000
College Grads Average Salary $70,365
College Grads Mid Career Salary $99,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $703,650
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,697,650
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $90,752
10 Year Projected ROI $612,898
20 Year Projected ROI $1,606,898
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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