Rockhurst University is a private, coeducational Jesuit university located in Kansas City, Missouri
Rockhurst University was founded in 1910 as Rockhurst College. The school adheres to the motto etched into the stone of the campus bell tower: “Learning, Leadership, and Service in the Jesuit Tradition.” It is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Rockhurst University is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Helzberg School of Management recently gained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Rockhurst was ranked as number 19 in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Universities – Masters Midwest category, and Rockhurst has consistently appeared in the top fifteen universities in this category. In August 2009, Forbes Magazine and the Center for College Affordability & Productivity (CCAP) published its annual college rankings list of America’s Best Colleges. Of the more than 4,000 collegiate institutions in the United States, Forbes and the CCAP ranked Rockhurst University #250 in the nation and #3 in Missouri.
Rockhurst University is home to the Hawks, the university’s athletic program. After a generation in the NAIA, Rockhurst University joined NCAA Division II in 1999, as a founder of theHeartland Conference. In 2005 it moved to the Great Lakes Valley Conference. In July 2009 the Mid–America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rejected a proposal for Rockhurst to join the conference to compete with geographically closer teams. The MIAA said it currently did not want to expand beyond 12 teams.
Rockhurst has fourteen varsity athletic teams, including men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, golf, lacrosse and tennis, men’s baseball, women’s softball, women’s cross country and women’s volleyball. The school also offers two club sports: tennis and the Spirit Squad, composed of the Dance Team and the co-ed cheerleading squad. It is a popular joke around campus that the Rockhurst University football team has remained undefeated since 1949 (the year that the team was dissolved).
The Rockhurst Men’s Soccer team competed in the NAIA from 1973 to 1997, Rockhurst played in 17 national tournaments, advanced to the Final Four 10 times, and finished national runner-up four times in 1973, 1976, 1979, and 1997. Since joining the NCAA in 1998, the soccer team has posted a 118–48–21 record and advanced to the national tournament in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2008.
In 2013, Rockhurst University added three varsity athletic teams: men’s and women’s lacrosse and women’s cross country.
There is also an intramurals program on campus, with many students participating in a 30-event program throughout the school year.