Rockhurst University

Rockhurst University is also featured in our ranking 50 Best Value Colleges for a Criminal Justice Degree.

Studying the Legal System at Rockhurst

In Van Ackeren Hall, the College of Arts & Sciences uses its "seven modes of inquiry" to confer a Criminal Justice B.A. for Rockhurst University undergrads seeking purpose-driven careers enforcing laws that protect human life. Chaired by Dr. Ken Balusek since 2011, the 128-credit degree builds knowledge of investigative and court procedures atop a Jesuit liberal arts core. Its intriguing in-person courses like Civil Rights, Psychopathy, Corrections, The Supreme Court, and Public Administration keep an 11:1 student-faculty ratio for personal mentoring. Background checks are required before the 15-week internship placement, such as the Missouri State Capitol Police, Barton County Sheriff's Office, Kansas City Reentry Center, Victim Assistance Unit, and Jackson County 16th Circuit Court. Majors might also add the Paralegal Studies Certificate, study abroad in Mexico, join VOICES for Justice, pledge Alpha Phi Sigma, pursue the 2+2 MCC Transfer track, and attend the Thomas More Speaker Series.

About Rockhurst University

Rockhurst University was opened in August 1910 on Troost Avenue by Father Michael Dowling, S.J., for liberal education rooted in the Society of Jesus' Ignatian spirit. The Academy initially only had male high school courses taught by Rev. Alphonse Schwitalla in Sedgwick Hall. However, collegiate learning was added in 1921 and accreditation was granted in 1939. Coeducational since 1969, Rockhurst officially gained university status 30 years later. Given the 2017 NPL Campus Program Excellence Award, Rockhurst recently broke ground for $33 million renovations to its 55-acre Kansas City home near Kauffman Memorial Garden. The nonprofit AJCU member now teaches 2,042 undergrad Hawks, including Criminal Justice B.A. majors, with 238 faculty. Students network with over 20,000 alumni like General Michael Ryan, Judge Joseph Pierron, Governor Joseph Teasdale, and Mayor Sly James.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Rockhurst the 11th best Midwest university and 12th top value with 86 percent retention. On Niche, Rockhurst boasts America's 15th best Catholic education, 103rd top location, 128th best student life, and 159th most conservative students. College Factual placed Rockhurst's Criminal Justice B.A. major 757th overall. Forbes named Rockhurst University the 203rd best institution and 240th most-loved school. In Money magazine, Rockhurst lands 449th with an average early-career salary of $51,500. Kiplinger's Personal Finance picked Rockhurst 52nd among the best private investments. Washington Monthly crowned Rockhurst University the country's 99th best community service and 97th top financial aid provider. WalletHub also listed Rockhurst 177th for educational outcomes and 445th for student selectivity.

Rockhurst University Accreditation Details

In February 2017, Rockhurst University successfully submitted to its five-year interim assessment by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA) to keep the Level V accreditation current until 2022 under its 14th president, Rev. Thomas B. Curran, who received Catholic Charities' Outstanding Service Award. Located eight hours northeast via Interstate 55 in Chicago, this 19-state Great Plains accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to assess the academic soundness of Rockhurst's 36 bachelor's, eight master's, one doctoral, and 18 certificate offerings. Since 1974, Rockhurst University has offered a Paralegal Studies Certificate aligned to American Bar Association (ABA) standards too.

Rockhurst University Application Requirements

Admission to Rockhurst University is classified "moderately difficult" by Peterson's because only 2,250 of the 3,038 Fall 2016 applicants were triumphant for 74 percent acceptance. First-year Hawks flocking to the Criminal Justice B.A. must culminate a 16-unit, college-prep high school curriculum that meets the Show-Me Standards. Earning 150 or higher on GED subject tests is also qualifying. Advanced Placement tests like AP Psychology can transfer with scores of "3" or higher. Freshmen generally rank in the top 30 percent of their class with a mean 3.62 GPA. On average, undergrads achieve an 1170 SAT and 26 ACT mark too. Associate or bachelor's learners at other accredited colleges use the Transfer Wizard to satisfy courses graded at least "C." The Honors Program admits current Rockhurst students with 12+ credits averaging 3.3 or better. English language learners need to reach ESL Level 112, a 550 TOEFL score, or equivalent.

Rockhurst University has a priority deadline of February 1st and a final deadline of May 1st for incoming freshmen. Transfer admission is rolling year-round until 60 days before the semester starts. International students can apply until May 1st for Fall or October 1st for Spring entry. Interested Criminal Justice B.A. majors should create Rockhurst Connect accounts to submit materials online accordingly. Have sealed official documents mailed to 1100 Rockhurst Rd. in Kansas City, MO 64110. Please contact (800) 842-6776 or [email protected] with further questions. The checklist for tomorrow's detectives and lawyers includes these:

• $25 application fee (waived if online)

• High school and college registrar records

• Counselor or faculty recommendation form

• Official SAT or ACT results without Writing

• Personal narrative of goals and justice motives

• English proficiency tests and I-20 form if applicable

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Rockhurst University is charging full-time Criminal Justice B.A. majors $18,400 each semester or $36,800 annually. Studying part-time traditionally incurs $1,228 per credit. Evening courses after 4 PM are discounted to $614 per credit though. The 60+ Program also costs less at $9,207 each term. Additional expenses include the $120 activity fee, $125 parking fee, $275 media technology fee, and $150 orientation fee. Health insurance premiums currently bill $2,089 for basic coverage. Living at the Jackson County campus' dorms like Xavier-Loyola Hall costs $5,530 to $9,120 for yearly housing. Food service plans at Massman Hall are $970 to $3,960. Annual bachelor's attendance equals $51,631 on-site and $42,391 with family.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Financial Aid Office in Bell Tower helps 70 percent of full-time Rockhurst Hawks take flight with median packages worth $25,057 each for $35.63 million combined. University funds include the Founder's Scholarship, Endeavor Scholarship, Ignatius of Loyola Award, Hummel Scholarship, Tom D. Harmon Scholarship, McCabe Scholarship, Breen Scholarship, Weiss Scholarship, and Harry B. Kies Memorial Scholarship. The Phi Theta Kappa Program gifts $23,000 to member transfers with 3.5 GPAs or greater. Along with GI Bill benefits, the Veteran Award offers $1,000 for Armed Forces service. Criminal Justice B.A. majors filing the FAFSA form coded 002499 could claim Federal Pell and FSEOG Grants. Midwest residents might earn the Access Missouri Grant, A+ Scholarship, AP Incentive Grant, Bright Flight Program, or Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship. Work-Study positions, including in Campus Security, pay at least $7.70/hour. The bachelor's lifetime limit for Perkins, Direct Subsidized, and Direct Unsubsidized loans is currently $31,000.

Learn more about Rockhurst University at the Criminal Justice Department website.