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Kansas City, MO 64110
Kansas City, Missouri
The intellectual community of 3,000 students encourages students to find their own capacity for original thinking and to approach new challenges as questioning, open-minded thinkers. This ability is one of the great gifts of a Jesuit education. Rockhurst is one of the most intimate, manageable, and affordable of the nation's twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities. It has been consistently ranked as one of the top fifteen universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
Rockhurst enjoys an excellent reputation that translates into outstanding employment opportunities for graduates. About 1 in 10 graduates are presidents, chief executive officers, top leaders for not-for-profit organizations, or owners of their own companies.
Activities outside of class are a critical component of the Rockhurst experience. Rockhurst freshmen begin their college careers doing community service through the Finucane Service Project during orientation; seniors complete their education by participating in the Van Ackeren Service Project. In addition, many students spend spring break on a service project.
Classroom work is linked to service and extracurricular achievement. A few examples: one organizational behavior class studied a social service agency and eventually became the agency's consulting team; students have received National Science Foundation grants for undergraduate research; 2 students have been the only undergraduate presenters at the 7,000-person American Political Science Association convention; and students take leading roles in developing the campus master plan and the University's strategic plan.
Students can also take advantage of the Rockhurst network in Kansas City's thriving business community. The Career Center offers the Cooperative Education program, placing students in full- or part-time jobs for a semester, where they earn both pay and credit.
Rockhurst also provides opportunities for learning after students receive a bachelor's degree. Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Education, Master in Communication Sciences and Disorders, traditional and executive Master of Business Administration degrees, and a five-year bachelor's degree/Master of Business Administration are offered. A postbaccalaureate premed program is also available.
Rockhurst's emphasis on values and lifelong learning leads students to new definitions of success. The process of being a successful person has been mastered by many famous “Rocks,” as Rockhurst alumni are known. From space scientists to entrepreneurs to founders of a clinic for crack babies to college presidents, famous Rocks are found in nearly every state, making a difference in their fields and in their communities.
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Rockhurst's outstanding faculty includes 129 full-time and 90 part-time professors. Approximately 85 percent of full-time faculty members hold a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field. All classes and labs, including those on the freshman level, are taught by professors or instructors, not teaching assistants. Faculty members also act as academic advisers to students. Rockhurst's student-faculty ratio of 10:1 ensures close interaction between students, from freshmen to seniors, and faculty members.
The University's programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy respond to the growing need for health-care professionals. Students entering Rockhurst as freshmen may pursue a program that leads to a bachelor's degree in a related field and a master's degree in occupational therapy after five years or a bachelor's degree in a related field and a doctorate of physical therapy after six years.
The Cooperative Education Program enables students to earn college credit while gaining valuable work experience in major companies. Cooperative education provides students with an opportunity to match academic learning with workplace experience, testing career choices and potential employers. By alternating semesters of study and work, students can complete course work in four years (including summers) and have a year's experience in real-world jobs. Many co-op students are offered permanent positions with firms for which they have worked in the program.
The study-abroad program coordinates course work in nine European cities: Madrid, Spain; Rome and Florence, Italy; Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, and Toulon, France; and Richmond, Surrey, and Kensington, England. In addition, scholarships have funded dozens of students on study trips to Russia, and a study in Mexico program is offered every summer in Xalapa, Mexico. Rockhurst students regularly find internships in government and in the nonprofit and private sectors through the Washington Center, in the nation's capital. Special scholarships have also provided internships in Congress for Rockhurst students. Students may also take courses at other local institutions, such as the Kansas City Art Institute and the Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, through an exchange program.
Preprofessional programs are available in dentistry, engineering, journalism, law, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant studies, and veterinary medicine. Minors and certificate programs include American humanics, art, Catholic studies, educational studies, German, human service agency administration, journalism, medical sociology and health-care administration, music, paralegal studies, theater arts, women’s studies, and writing.
All full-time students can participate in the Student Senate. Students elect senate representatives and officers annually. The Student Activities Board, also elected, organizes social activities and allocates student activity fees. Resident students elect Residence Hall Councils to plan activities and help administer the residence halls. Students may also serve on tripartite committees that include students, faculty members, and administrators. These committees advise the President and others on policy issues. The Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council provide leadership for the fraternities and sororities on campus.
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