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Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska

Creighton is the only university in the country to offer education in seven health professions—medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and public health—as well as outstanding programs in arts and sciences, business and law, all on one walkable campus. One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country, Creighton offers a purposeful education established on academic excellence, social justice, and personal growth.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
4,163 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
43% male — 57% female
79% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
627 full-time faculty
289 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
95% of first year students live on campus
60% of all students live on campus

School Location

Creighton is located in Omaha, Neb., one of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., and is adjacent to the vibrant downtown business, entertainment and sports district.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects  
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

90% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

74% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Black or African American 2%
White 71%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


NCAA Division I, BIG EAST Conference, 14 varsity sports (six men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis; eight women’s: basketball, cross-country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball); 16 sports clubs and 23 intramurals.

Other Information

Creighton University is a national Jesuit Catholic University founded in 1878.

Academic Programs

Accounting; American Studies; Anthropology; Art (Art History, Studio Art), Applied Physical Analysis, Athletic Training; Atmospheric Sciences (Applied Meteorology, Graduate School Preparation Track); Biology; Business Intelligence and Analytics; Business Pre-Law 3/3; Chemistry (Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemistry Education, Generalist Tracks); Classical Language (Greek, Latin Tracks), Classical & Near Eastern Civilizations; Communication Studies; Computer Science and Informatics (Computer Science and Digital Development Tracks); Dental Hygiene, Economics; Elementary Education (Special Education for the Mildly/Moderately Handicapped P-6 and P-12 Specializations); Emergency Medical Services; Energy Science, English (American Literature, British Literature, Creative Writing, English Education, Rhetoric and Composition Specializations); Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science (Environmental Policy and Society, Global and Environmental Systems, Organismal/Population Ecology Tracks); Exercise Science; Finance; French and Francophone Studies; German Studies; Graphic Design& Media (Graphic Design, Multi-Media & Photojournalism Tracks); Health Administration & Policy; History (Additional Specialization in International Relations);), Integrated Leadership Studies, International Business; International Relations; Journalism (Advertising, News, Public Relations Tracks); Justice & Society; Management (Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Pre-Law, Military, Resources Management, Standard Tracks); Management Information Systems; Marketing; Mathematics (Medical mathematics, Pure Mathematics Tracks); Medical Anthropology, Music; Musical Theatre, Native American Studies; Nursing (Four-year and one-year Accelerated Programs); Philosophy (Additional Specialization in Ethics); Physics; Political Science (Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy Tracks); Pre-Healthcare, Psychology; Social Work; Sociology (Applied Research Methods, Criminal Justice Policy, Standard Sociology Tracks); Spanish and Hispanic Studies (Professional, Literary Tracks); Sustainable Energy, Theatre( Broadcast Production, Performance, Technical Tracks); Theology (Biblical Studies, Christian Life Studies, and Doctrinal, Historical or Liturgical Specializations).

More Distinctions

  • More than 98 percent of Creighton graduates are employed or attending graduate/professional school within six months of graduation. The national average is 80 percent.

  • Creighton draws students from a significant geographic area. Forty-five percent of 2015 entering freshmen came from communities more than 400 miles from campus.

  • Creighton University has been recognized as a strong community service advocate in the region. In 2014, the University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh year, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, student- service learning and civic engagement as well as meaningful community outcomes. (We have been recognized since 2006.)

  • Creighton University has campuses beyond the Omaha area including Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. A public/private partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage utilizes the distance education technology Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions developed to offer OTD and Pharm.D. degrees, and a campus opened in 1986 in Hastings, Neb., serves nursing students.

  • In 2010, Creighton University entered into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) to promote renewable energy and began assembling a large array of solar panels and wind turbines across the Creighton campus. The alternative energy project is the largest in the state and part of a degree program for Creighton students studying technology and applied science in the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Creighton University as the No. 1 Midwest Regional University in 2016 for the 13th year in a row and the 21st time the University has ranked at or near the top of the magazine's rankings. 

  • The U.S. News and World Report 2017 Best Graduate Programs list several Creighton programs in its national ranking. They include: College of Business: Finance, No. 15; Information Systems, No. 18; Accounting, No. 26; School of Nursing, No. 128; School of Law, No. 106; School of Medicine, Primary Care, No. 78; Pharmacy, No. 40; Physical Therapy, No. 15; and Occupational Therapy No. 25.

  • The U.S. News and World Report 2016 Best Online Programs list several Creighton programs in its national ranking. They include: Online Bachelor’s Programs, No. 20; Online MBA, No. 44; Online Graduate Business Programs, No. 13; Online Graduate Nursing Programs, No. 64; Online Graduate Education Programs, No. 36.

  • Creighton has been ranked among the top 60 universities in student involvement in supported research (it is the only Catholic school in America listed in this group in each of the past four years).

  • Princeton Review lists Creighton University as one of the nation's top 380 colleges and universities in its 2016 edition of the annual college guide. 

  • Creighton is listed on the annual Forbes college rankings of the list of the best undergraduate institutions that focus on quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation levels and low levels of debt.

  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine listed Creighton University in its list of 100 best values in private universities (December 2015).

Creighton is located in the geographic center of the country and offers students endless options in the way of on-campus activities, service projects, and research opportunities, in addition to study abroad and internship opportunities.

Study Abroad

About 300 undergraduate students choose to study abroad each year.

Seven study abroad program categories include:

  • Encuentro Dominicano: Semester-long, service-learning program in the Dominican Republic
  • Faculty-Led Programs: Summer programs in China, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Spain, and Tanzania
  • Affiliate Programs: Semester programs in Ireland and Scotland
  • Bilateral Exchanges: Semester or Full-Year programs in Korea and Japan
  • Multilateral Exchanges: Semester or Full-Year Programs in over 50 countries worldwide
  • Partner Programs: Summer, Semester, or Full-Year programs around the globe
  • Associate Programs: Summer, Semester, or Full-Year programs around the globe.

Service Learning

Creighton students contributed more than 1 million hours of service locally, regionally, nationally and internationally last year. Service-learning is incorporated into many Creighton courses. Every spring and fall, Creighton students of different ages, majors and faiths come together for spring and fall break service trips. These students devote their entire vacation to visiting various communities, helping the less fortunate, and making a difference in the world. Students make new friends and experience new cultures, while promoting Jesuit values.

The Schlegel Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ)

The Schlegel Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ) is committed to building a community of faith in service for justice. SCSJ members participate in the school’s justice and peace studies program. SCSJ also sponsors ongoing disaster relief for organizations such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Relief Services.

Creighton University Staff Advisory Council

Students also participate in the Creighton University Staff Advisory Council, which serves as an advocate for university staff members. The council is committed to fairness, justice, and respect in a quality work environment in accordance with the mission of Creighton University. The council advises Creighton’s president in matters affecting the general welfare and working conditions of all members of the staff.

Campus Facilities

Creighton has invested more than $280 million in campus infrastructure in the past 10 years and has grown to a dynamic and vibrant campus of more than 130 acres. In October 2012, the University announced the largest campus renovation in its history: $15.5 million in renovations that impacted eight buildings and more than 100,000 square feet of space and added additional parking. The 43,000-square-foot Championship Center for student-athletes opened in 2014.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
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Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine  
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  

Students come to Creighton to find their place in the world and discover how they can contribute to the greater good. At Creighton, students find an unprecedented breadth and depth of academic programming and a solid liberal arts core that equips them with the skills they need to make a difference. In addition, they find a wealth of academic guidance and career planning along the way.

Health science schools and colleges at Creighton include Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Health Professions (Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy) and Nursing, with clinical opportunities for students available in a wide variety of settings.

CHI Health

In 2012, Creighton expanded its academic affiliation with the largest health care system in the region, which is now called CHI Health. CHI Health’s network of health care facilities are the primary clinical teaching sites for the School of Medicine and Creighton’s other health sciences schools.

Other academic programs of note include: Creighton’s respected Center for Health Policy and Ethics; internationally renowned centers of excellence in cardiac care, hard-tissue research and osteoporosis, hereditary cancer, and patient outcomes research. Creighton offers one of the few accelerated nursing programs in the Midwest, and was one of the first schools to offer entry-level doctoral degrees in occupational therapy, pharmacology, and physical therapy.

Three doctoral programs are offered in the fields of Biomedical Sciences, Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Pharmacology. An interdisciplinary Ed.D. program in Leadership was initiated in Spring 2011. Creighton’s newest doctoral programs include the Ph.D. in clinical and translational science and the Doctor of Business Administration degree.

The College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest of Creighton’s nine schools and colleges, with more than 200 full-time faculty members, each of whom is a productive scholar, talented artist, or respected professional. Each year, these individuals publish groundbreaking books, attract major research grants, and travel to present their work to their peers around the world.

The Heider College of Business

The Heider College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate study and is accredited by AACSB International, the premier business education accrediting organization since 1949, one of only 633 accredited business schools in the country.


More than 100 faculty research projects are under way at Creighton on any given day, and the vast majority of them involve undergraduate students. Creighton’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS) supports and encourages undergraduate research and scholarship. Traditionally, more than 400 undergraduate students enroll in research hours each year, and an estimated 100 additional students volunteer to work on research projects without pay or credit.

University-wide, research grants are awarded in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. Creighton is a leader in cancer research and treatment through the Creighton Cancer Center and the Hereditary Cancer Institute. Headed by world-renowned researcher Henry T. Lynch, M.D., the Hereditary Cancer Institute is the nation’s only cancer registry that tracks all forms of hereditary cancer.

Creighton faculty members are deeply involved in nationally recognized research projects and are constantly searching for ways to enhance teaching, contribute to a better society, discover new knowledge, and find ways to pass these benefits on to students.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Other: Theology 

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 185 269 245 156 26 48 9 938

Students come to Creighton for a world-class education, but stay for all that the city has to offer. Campus life and the city of Omaha provide outstanding experiences to Creighton students.


In addition to clubs and organizations, Creighton is well-known for its robust athletic program and record attendance. In July 2013, Creighton became a member of the BIG EAST Conference, joining a group of schools with similar faith-based missions and solid records of academic excellence and commitment to athletics. Creighton student-athletes excel in the classroom as well as on their teams. Creighton student-athletes consistently achieve academic honors from the NCAA.

Creighton boasts 14 varsity athletic teams, including women’s basketball, cross-country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball, as well as men’s basketball, baseball, cross-country, golf, soccer and tennis. Omaha is home to the NCAA Men’s College World Series (Creighton is the host team), NCAA basketball tournament play, Olympic swim trials, PGA golf, Triple-A baseball and USHL hockey.


One of the 50 largest cities in the country, Omaha offers live music and theater, great dining, and an active nightlife. The combined Omaha metropolitan area has a population of more than 800,000 and includes 30,000 businesses – including 50 Fortune 500 companies (four of them have headquarters in Omaha) – providing Creighton students with plentiful job and internship opportunities. Forbes magazine ranks Omaha as one of the nation’s most attractive cities for young professionals.

Local bands often play on the Creighton campus, in addition to nightspots around the city. Omaha boasts beautiful, tree-covered rolling hills, and features a lively arts scene, including Saddle Creek Records, which spring-boarded the careers of nationally known bands like the Faint and Bright Eyes. The record label is building a new music venue near campus to spotlight local and national music. The Omaha Community Playhouse is the largest and one of the best-endowed community theaters in the United States. The Henry Doorly Zoo is nationally and internationally recognized, and Omaha’s downtown area is home to the Old Market, which includes shops, restaurants, pubs, and art galleries.

Clubs and Organizations

Creighton students connect through more than 200 clubs and organizations, including Division I athletics, intramural sports, fraternities and sororities, honor societies and cultural religious, political/government, professional, academic, and service organizations.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing  
Other housing options X


Other: Honors, Cortina, and Freshman Leadership Program

Creighton students are highly motivated to succeed, to use their gifts to make a difference in the world. Caring professors, state-of-the-art technology and hands-on learning help them achieve that goal. More than 98 percent of Creighton graduates are employed, involved in volunteer work, or attending graduate or professional school within nine months of graduation. On average, half of Creighton College of Arts and Sciences graduates go on to graduate or professional school.


Currently, Creighton enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate and more than 4,000 professional and graduate students. The most popular majors among Creighton students include pre-professional health areas, nursing, business, pre-law, psychology, and economics. Creighton students are offered many different types of internships related to their fields of study. Currently, more internships exist than Creighton has students to fill them.

The Creighton EDGE®

The Creighton EDGE® provides students with a holistic approach to academic advising, the pursuit of advanced studies in graduate/professional school and career planning. The Creighton EDGE features alumni networking, mentoring and shadowing; a connection to portfolio-building internship opportunities; individual and group tutoring, academic coaching and academic counseling; and assistance with any issues that could impact students’ ability to be successful.

The Creighton EDGE provides students with mentoring opportunities. Each relationship is guided by the interests and goals of the mentor and student. Mentoring relationships can cover all aspects of professional and personal development. Experiential learning opportunities provide the bridge from the classroom to life as a young adult and professional.


Admissions Fall 2015

9,747 Total Applicants 
6,870 Total Admissions 
1,068 Total Freshman Enrollment

70.48% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing Date: Feb 15
Priority Date: Dec 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Standardized test scores
Application Essay

Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 510 630
SAT Math 540 650
SAT Writing 510 620
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT Math 24 29
ACT English 24 32
ACT Writing 8 9


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $34,810
Fees $1,612
Total $36,422
Room and Board (on campus) $10,294
Room Only $5,850
Board Only $4,444
Estimated Total On Campus $46,716


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016

$28,827 First year students
$27,934 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

98% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
80% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$19,610 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,804 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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