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The Jesuit Tradition

Since the Society of Jesus was founded in 1540 by former Basque soldier Ignatius of Loyola, its members have been renowned as educators. Today, Creighton University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. It is dedicated to carrying out the over-450-year-old Jesuit tradition of quality education that prepares men and women to be competent, caring and conscientious citizens of the world. What makes a Jesuit education special? Here are some of its basic tenets:

  • A love of learning integrated with ethical considerations, a commitment to justice, and recognition of personal responsibility
  • A dedication to scholarship, including an appreciation and critique of past and present cultures, and specialized skills balanced by a broad liberal arts background
  • An optimistic vision of the world and its people
  • Care and concern for students, patients, clients and employees
  • A spirit of community that fosters respect and partnership among faculty, staff and students
  • A commitment to service, forming men and women for others.

A Jesuit education encourages students to integrate knowledge with ethics and to develop the “whole person,” academically, spiritually and physically.

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