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Rockhurst University

Rockhurst University is a private, coeducational Jesuit university located in Kansas City, Missouri, founded in 1910 as Rockhurst College.

Location

Address
1100 Rockhurst Rd
City
Kansas City
State
MO

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
2241
Total Graduate enrollment
674
In State Tuition Fees
30550
Out State Tuition Fees
30550
ACT Score
26
SAT Score
1154
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.67
Male Female Ratio
9:91
Acceptance Rate
24%
Student Faculty Ratio
11:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic Church (Society of Jesus)
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Hawk
Colors
White Royal Blue
Conference
Great Lakes Valley
Athletic Twitter

College History

History

In 1909, Reverend Michael Dowling, S.J., the founder of Rockhurst, purchased 25 acres (10.1 ha) of land at 53rd Street and Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri for $50,000. Rockhurst was chartered by the state as Rockhurst College in August 1910. It included the Academy of Rockhurst College, an institution of secondary education which became Rockhurst High School in 1923, though the two remained under a single corporate umbrella until the high school moved onto its own campus in 1962. Sedgwick Hall was constructed in 1914, allowing the opening of high school classes, and college classes began in 1917, all held within the same building. The first Rockhurst University students were all taught by the Rev. Alphonse Schwitalla, S.J. The first class graduated in 1921. In 1939, Rockhurst was granted accreditation by the North Central Association. In 1969 all divisions of Rockhurst became coeducational. In 1999, Rockhurst College officially changed its name to Rockhurst University. In October 2006, Rockhurst officially installed its fourteenth president, Rev. Thomas Curran, a Catholic priest and the school's first non-Jesuit president, though he has since started the process of becoming a Jesuit.

College Specialty

Specialty

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.

Alumni

Alumni

Hector Barreto, B.S.B.A., the 21st Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Tom Dempsey, a restaurateur, current Republican State Senator Wild Bill Elliott -- B-Western star best known for playing Red Ryder Diego Gutierrez '05, midfielder for the Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire Tommy Heinemann '09, forward for the USL First Division (USL-1) team Charleston Battery Herbert Harris, B.A. '48, former member of the United States House of Representatives Sly James, B.A. '80, Kansas City mayor Mark Lamping, B.A., former President of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, now CEO of the Meadowlands Stadium Company Phillip H. Muller�Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations Walter Ong, S.J., B.A. 1933�world-renowned philosopher G. Joseph Pierron '68, an American judge serving on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Bill Reardon, B.A. '63, former Kansas State Representative Joe Reardon '90�is the 27th Mayor of the City of Kansas City, Kansas Joseph P. Teasdale, former Governor of Missouri Denny Thum, �74, Former President of the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. Joseph J. Urusemal '76, sixth President of the Federated States of Micronesia George Wendt, B.A. -- actor best known for his portrayal of "Norm" on the sitcom Cheers Kyle Miller (soccer) '11, midfielder for the Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City Mark Sappington (baseball) '13 Pitcher for the Major League Baseball team LA Angels

Campus

Campus

Urban 55 Acres (22.3�Ha)

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