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Academics

Omaha’s Creighton University is a Jesuit institution that prides itself on “shaping the whole person,” which means that students find themselves “extremely involved in academic and extracurricular activities.” As for the core class structure, all of its more than four thousand undergraduates must fulfill a set curriculum, with a variety of course options available for all requirements (other than a required one-hour oral communication course). By all accounts, this “sets you up very well for success,” with students adding that the process “nearly holds your hand into your first job” and “prepares you for the next step, whether that is medical school, law school, or going out to work in the real world.” Creighton “works so hard to make sure their students are successful learners and thinkers” by offering programs like EDGE, an all-inclusive tutoring, academic coaching, and academic counseling service that doubles as “a great platform for advisors to gear students to explore certain classes while remaining on track.” All of this helps in “cultivating a safe community where we’re encouraged to dive into what we believe, figure out what that is exactly, and serve others.”

Creighton boasts an eleven-to-one student-faculty ratio, which leads to “really awesome relationships with faculty and many opportunities for things like undergraduate research.” Professors go above and beyond in all ways, from doing their best “not to make lectures dry and boring” to being super receptive to students. Courses offered “are challenging to say the least,” but because teachers are “willing to work on your terms and help at all hours of the day and night,” both in and out of the classroom, it’s a “very rewarding and manageable” process. Dialogue is also crucial: teachers “love when you ask questions” and many utilize a flipped classroom, where peers teach the rest of the class, which “provides a broken-down and simplified way of explaining difficult topics to provide clarification and insight.” Adding to the variety and support offered, there are plenty of “field trips that [are] very interesting and insightful” and opportunities for “many upperclassmen [to] participate in research or internships.”

Student Body

There’s a sense of togetherness at Creighton, to the extent that, because there’s an “expectation that you go to class every day and on time . . . if you don’t, people will reach out.” In short, the community is “very goal-oriented toward their careers,” although not in an oppressive sense. If anything, students describe the atmosphere as “fun and light-hearted” and note that “wherever you go you will find a welcoming environment.” (This applies across all grades, with students noting that senior students “work hard to make [first-years] feel at home during the first couple weeks at school.”) Students are in it together, according to those who list “service and giving back” as a core value, and there’s an eagerness described for all activities: “When it comes to getting involved with student organizations and other things on campus, students will jump at the chance to do so.”

Campus Life

The pace at Creighton tends to be a busy one, and not just because of academic or school related activities: “A lot of students work.” That said, things get a bit more relaxed on weekends, which “consist of sporting events, parties, fraternity events, and the like.” Creighton students are “very supportive of one another and go to all the home soccer, basketball, baseball, and volleyball games for both men and women’s teams,” and “people often take part in sports or group exercise programs on campus.” The city setting also means that the “campus is a few blocks away from Old Market and Midtown which are full of activities, shops, and restaurants,” and there are “also gorgeous outdoor places to go running/walking near downtown when the weather is nice.” Students “are encouraged to form clubs and join organizations,” and “the resources available to students are absolutely endless.”

Overview

Applicants
9,381
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average HS GPA
3.81

GPA Breakdown

24%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 680
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
938
with Terminal Degree
655

482
Women
456
Men
164
Minority
14
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
69%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations, Other.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.
  • Organizational Communication, General.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Information Technology.
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic).
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, Other.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization.
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Medical Anthropology.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Theology/Theological Studies.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Music, General.
  • Musical Theatre.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Major General Marcia M. Anderson, BA'79
First African American female major general

Lt. Col. Michael Anderson, MS’90
Astronaut on 2003 Columbia mission (Deceased)

George Blue Spruce Jr., DDS’56
The nation’s first full-blooded American Indian dentist.

Dr. Barbara Braden, SJN’66, BSN’73
Developer of the Braden Scale, used in hospitals/nursing homes worldwide

Kyle Korver, BA'03
Journalism graduate and NBA player for the Atlanta Hawks

Amy Sun, M.D., PhD'90
Physician and molecular pharmacologist, sr. medical director at Sanofi

Rev. Steven A. Boes, MS'94
National executive director of Boys Town

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
69%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$53,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$95,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$102,300

Percent High Job Meaning
9%

Percent STEM
59%


Students Say

Creighton undergrads find that they “are basically guaranteed a well-paying job right out of college.” This is partially due to the fact that “the university is well known in the area, giving you a leg up in the recruiting process.” Plus, undergrads are adept at leveraging Creighton’s Omaha location, which offers “numerous internships and … [the chance to] gain experience in a chosen career field.” They are equally fortunate that they can turn to the John P. Fahey Career Center to explore employment options, refine their goals, and sharpen their job search skills. More specifically, students can receive help on navigating both phone and face-to-face interviews, negotiating salaries and crafting the perfect cover letter. And they can use the Center to expand their network, meeting and working with alumni through mentoring programs or informational interviews.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,856

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,255

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,981

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,042

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,268

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,176
Required Fees
$1,842
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters
$800

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,600
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,472
Foreign Countries Represented
27

Demographics

8.55%
Asian
2.46%
African-American
7.94%
Hispanic
71.97%
Caucasian
1.06%
Unknown
2.41%
International

58% female
42% male
78% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
53%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Accommodations

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Denise LeClair

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Report on letterhead from diagnosing educational psychologist confirming diagnosis and extent of impairment

Documentation Required for ADHD

Report on letterhead from diagnosing physician or educational psychologist or neurologist

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
219
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
18

25% join a fraternity
50% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

19% participate in intramural sports
7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bluejays)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Bluejays)
8 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Services are available in the Department of Campus Ministry and the Counseling and Psychological Services center; two organizations (C-Unity and Gender and Sexual Alliance) are available.

Minority Support Groups: Services are available in the Creighton Intercultural Center; More information, visit https://www.creighton.edu/studentlife/cic/about/

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Nebraska-Omaha

Sustainability

The Sustainability Council at Creighton University is comprised of students, staff, and faculty and looks to “bring effective sustainability strategies and integrate the movement in what we teach, how we live and work, and extending this to daily lives.” They are also developing policy for the university, which includes constructing and remodeling to meet LEED-certified standards, building a robust recycling program, establishing a community garden for use by faculty, staff and students, and creating a funding source to support innovative, cost-saving sustainability initiatives. The university has since instituted a single-stream recycling program (and is a perennial participant in the RecycleMania competition) and undertaken a “clean green” initiative: 97 percent of cleaning products used on campus are Green Seal certified. Creighton has built a beta site for solar collection, which is used for educating both students and the community, as well generate plenty of electricity. For those students to get a more formal education in sustainability, Creighton University offers a major in Environmental Sciences and as well as two Energy Technology majors. The latter programs were funded by a $2.4 million investment from the Department of Energy for solar arrays and curriculum development, includes four new labs intended to encourage hands-on learning, reinforce mathematical and scientific concepts, computer simulations, design and rapid prototyping. A student environmental coalition, the “GreenJays,” was formed recently and is working on several initiatives.

86/99
AASHE STARS® rating
BRONZE
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
1%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo; Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Sarah Richardson
Director of Admissions and Scholarships

Address
Office of Admissions
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

Phone
402-280-2703

Email
SarahRichardson@creighton.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Heider College of Business/Harper Center
Hixson-Lied Science Building, a 100,000 square foot science facility
Morrison Soccer Stadium, nationally acclaimed collegiate soccer stadium
Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center and D.J. Sokol Arena
St. John?s Church, the ?heart? of campus
1. Heider College of Business/Harper Center, is located within the Harper Living Learning Center. The Harper Center also houses the bookstore, admissions, financial aid, career center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Center for Service and Justice. 2. Hixson-Lied Science Building, a 100,000 square foot science facility that provides faculty and administrative space, classrooms and research space for both undergraduate science departments and health professional schools. 3. Championship Center, the east campus athletic/fitness/recreation corridor expansion project was completed with the opening of the Championship Center in 2014. All student-athletes use the facility for academic support, athletic training and strength and conditioning services. The corridor includes the Rasmussen Fitness and Sports Center, the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center and D.J. Sokol Arena, a state of-the-art facility for women?s volleyball and basketball, and Morrison Soccer Stadium, a nationally acclaimed collegiate soccer venue. 4. Considered the ?heart? of campus, St. John?s Church was opened in 1888, and underwent major renovations in 2007. Daily and weekend Masses are held here along with many campus events.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Old Market, historic entertainment, restaurant and shopping district.
Joslyn Art Museum
The Riverfront/Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Henry Doorly Zoo and Imax Theatre
Slowdown, an entertainment venue within walking distance of campus
1. Old Market, historic entertainment, restaurant and shopping district. 2. Joslyn Art Museum, it's filled with more than 11,000 works of art from antiquity to the present featuring work from artists such as Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, and Jackson Pollock, not to mention the highly-regarded collection of Greek pottery 3. The Riverfront/Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, a walk on the bridge is like walking on art suspended over the Missouri River. This one-of-a-kind 3,000 foot-long suspension bridge provides an almost air-borne experience and connects more than 150 miles of walking and biking trails 4. Henry Doorly Zoo and Imax Theatre, home to the world's largest indoor desert over the world's largest nocturnal exhibit under the world's largest geodesic dome next to one of the world's largest indoor rainforests and America's largest zoo aquarium. 5. Slowdown, a venue within walking distance of campus that features rock shows, socializing, dancing, pool, video games, board games, some light reading, etc. 6. TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, a premiere sports stadium and outdoor entertainment venue, is home to the NCAA Men's College World Series and Creighton Bluejay Baseball. It is adjacent to the Century Link Center Omaha an arena and convention center facility just blocks away from campus. The arena, home to Creighton's men's basketball games, seats more than 18,000 people. The venue hosts hockey games and concerts, as well as the annual shareholder meeting for Berkshire Hathaway. Other events scheduled at the Century Link Center include early rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament and The International Horse Jumping Show.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
CU Sunday Preview Sessions, call (402) 280-2703 for more information

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@creighton.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available to accepted students.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis and Metro Area Transit buses are available. Omaha's Eppley Airport is just 10 minutes from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
If you are coming from the East: Follow I-80 West across the Missouri River to I-480/Highway 75 (north). Take exit onto North I-480/Highway 75. Once on I-480/Highway 75, stay in one of the left two lanes to continue on Highway 75/Airport. Take the first exit (Burt and Cuming Streets) off Highway 75 after I-480/Highway 75 split. Exit, turning right onto Cuming Street. Turn right at the first light, onto 24th Street. Follow 24th Street to Cass Street (located just before the I-480 underpass), turn left, and make an immediate left into the Visitor Parking Lot. The lot is on the northeast corner of 24th and Cass Streets. If you are coming from the West: Follow I-80 East to the I-480 (Downtown) exit. Once on I-480/Highway 75, stay in one of the left two lanes to continue on Highway 75/Airport. Take the first exit (Burt and Cuming Streets) off Highway 75 after I-480/Highway 75 split. Exit, turning right onto Cuming Street. Turn right at the first light, onto 24th Street. Follow 24th Street to Cass Street (located just before the I-480 underpass), turn left, and make an immediate left into the Visitor Parking Lot. The lot is on the northeast corner of 24th and Cass Streets. If you are coming from the North: Follow I-29 South to I-480 West, exit 53B. Follow I-480 across the Missouri River into Omaha, and exit on Dodge Street, exit 4. Continue straight on Dodge, heading towards 24th Street. Turn right onto 24th (heading north for about 1/2 mile) to Cass Street. Turn right onto Cass, and make an immediate left into the Visitor Parking Lot. The lot is on the northeast corner of 24th and Cass Streets. If you are coming from the South: Heading north on I-29, merge with I-80 West in Council Bluffs, IA. Follow the signs for I-29 North (Sioux City, Exit 1A) Take West I-480/West U.S. 6 (Exit 53B). Take Exit 4, Dodge Street. Continue straight on Dodge, heading towards 24th Street. Turn right onto 24th Street (heading north for about 1/2 mile) to Cass Street. Turn right onto Cass and make an immediate left into the Visitor Parking Lot. The lot is on the northeast corner of 24th and Cass Streets. If you are coming from Southern Nebraska, you may take Highway 75 North, heading towards the Airport. Follow Highway 75 (North Omaha Freeway)/Airport signs to North I-480/Highway 75. Once on I-480/Highway 75, stay in one of the left two lanes to continue on Highway 75/Airport. Take the first exit (Burt and Cuming Streets) off Highway 75 after I-480/Highway 75 split. Exit, turning right onto Cuming Street. Turn right at the first light, onto 24th Street. Follow 24th Street to Cass Street (located just before the I-480 underpass), turn left, and make an immediate left into the Visitor Parking Lot. The lot is on the northeast corner of 24th and Cass Streets. If you are coming from the airport, Eppley Airfield: Eppley Airfield is served by 20 carriers and is about a 10-minute taxi ride to Creighton University. If renting a car, exit the airport by turning left onto Abbott Drive (heading south). After about 3 miles, it will turn into Cuming Street (heading west). Continue on Cuming to 24th Street. Take a left and follow 24th Street to Cass Street (located just before the I-480 underpass), turn left, and make an immediate left into the Creighton Visitor Parking Lot. The lot is on the northeast corner of 24th and Cass Streets.

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