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There is no university in the country like Creighton in terms of size, array of professional and graduate programs, and strong commitment to Jesuit values. Creighton enjoys a distinct advantage, having nine schools and colleges on one campus. This diversity of disciplines allows for unique opportunities in programming that combine experts from multiple fields. Graduates in these interdisciplinary programs can bring sought-after skill sets to the workplace.

Creighton offers a depth and breadth of academic offerings unique to an institution of its size. Students who come here are academically talented; the freshman academic profile places Creighton among the top 50 major national private universities, the top 10 private universities in the Midwest with more than 4,000 undergraduates and the top 10 Catholic Universities in the nation.

Students possess a desire to develop their gifts and use their abilities to serve others and help make the world a better, more just place. Creighton students, faculty and staff were involved in more than 800 programs locally, regionally, nationally and internationally last year, contributing more than 471,0460 volunteer hours to the needy. Service-learning is a key component of  the curriculum.

Creighton has received numerous national accolades for its academics, student-focused education, educational value and faculty. Here are a few proof points:

  • For the 11th consecutive year, Creighton University in 2013 was No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of Midwest Regional universities. It is the 16th time in 17 years Creighton has been No. 1, and the 27th straight year the University has been ranked at or near the top of the magazine's "America's Best Colleges" edition. Creighton also was recognized as No. 1 in the Midwest region as a "best value," where students get the best return on their tuition investment.
  • Princeton Review again listed Creighton University as one of the nation's top 378 colleges and universities in its 2014 edition of the annual college guide.
  • Creighton is ranked 134th on the annual Forbes college rankings of the list of the 650 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 in its December 2013 edition.
  • Creighton University is listed in the top 400 universities in the world accordig to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014 administered by Thomson Reuters. The rankings are the only global guide used to judge world class universities across all of their core missions. The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators that look at teaching, research, knowlege transfer and international outlook.
  • Creighton University is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada according to "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges." Creighton is the only Nebraska college listed.
  • Creighton University has been named No. 1 on the list of Nebraska colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment by    
  • Creighton was named a College of Distinction for the 2013-14 academic year, a designation that honors excellence in student-focused higher education.
  • Creighton University ranks No. 7 nationally in Washington Monthly's 2013 master's universities rankings.
  • Creighton University was named to's Graduate Model Program list for 2010-11. Creighton is one of 30 schools on the list, which includes Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Duke and Pennsylvania.
  • Creighton University's School of Law is listed among the nation's best law schols in the 2014 edition of the Princeton Review's annual law school guide, "The Best 167 Law Schools."
  • The U.S. News and World Report 2015 Best Graduate Programs list several Creighton programs in its national ranking. They include: Occupational Therapy: #15; Physical Therapy #16; Heider College of Business, Finance Program, #22; Pharmacy, #37; College of Nursing, #64; Occupational Therapy, Alaska Pathway, #69; School of Medicine, #73, Research #71; Heider College of Business, Part-time mBA, #105; School of Law, #115; and Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, #139.

Providing students a balanced educational experience that emphasizes the education of the whole person - academically, socially and spiritually - is critical to Creighton's mission. The honors the University has received are a testament to this service engagement. For the past six years, Creighton has been on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; it has been recognized for its service-learning efforts by U.S. News and World Report, and for "doing good" by Washington Monthly.

Several campus-wide programs also support this experiential education, including the Encuentro Dominicano program, where students spend four months in the Dominican Republic at the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) Center, and the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ). CCSJ programs include weekly local service opportunities; fall and spring break immersion trips to more than 20 locations throughout the country involving hundreds of students; and indirect support of a variety of academic service-learning courses. Students developed Creighton's service trip concept more than 30 years ago and it was one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Freshman Profile:


  • Of the fall 2013 freshman class, 40 percent were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and 52 percent scored 27 or above on the ACT (placing them in the top 13 percent in the nation) and had a median high school GPA of 3.81.
  • Creighton is achieving success in socio-economic diversity, by providing more access to students and families while fulfilling an important aspect of the University's mission. For the 2013-14 academic year, 16 percent of Creighton's freshman class is comprised of first-generation college students and nearly a quarter are students of color. Eighty percent of the freshman class is from outside Nebraska; 47 percent is from more than 400 miles away.
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities provides freshmen with a well-rounded perspective towards school and society. The 2013 freshman class is very involved in high school activities. Seventy-nine percent of the class was active in church and/or service organizations; 74 percent was active in a high school varsity sport; 61 percent was involved in academic clubs; 49 percent in fine and performing arts; and 46 percent in National Honors Society.
  • The 2013 freshman class has a strong desire to continue their education beyond undergraduate studies. Sixty percent of the Creighton freshmen indicate an interest in pursuing a professional program offered at Creighton.   

Creighton's Graduate School grew 6.9 percent last year. The national average was about 5.5 percent according to the Council of Graduate Schools. The Graduate School offers 32 master's degree programs ranging from atmospheric sciences, physics and international relations, to English, ministry, theology and education, to the medical and pharmaceutical sciences, education, and negotiation and dispute resolution.

Creighton has graduation outcomes significantly higher than many other institutions. More than 96 percent of Creighton graduates are employed or attending graduate/professional school within six months of graduation. The national average is between 70 and 80 percent.

Creighton University students engage in a wide variety of research, scholarly and creative projects. They earn recognition from national academic honor societies and receive prestigious awards such as the Fulbright Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship, James Madison Foundation Fellowship and National Science Foundation Fellowship.

The Magis Core Curriculum was created at Creighton with input from students and includes:

  • More choice.
  • More access to faculty. At many colleges and universities, courses at this level are taught by teaching assistants or graduate students. At Creighton, the vast majority are taught by faculty members.
  • More flexibility. Flexible scheduling helps students get into the classes they need. Through the Magis Core Curriculum, students can earn a bachelor's degree in any major and the prerequisites for graduate or professional school in just four years.

The Creighton EDGE offers the support that students need every step of the way. Creighton students have access to a holistic program that brings together academic advising, career planning and the pursuit of graduate and professional school studies.

Hailing from 42 countries, about 147 international students each year pursue degrees at Creighton.

Pursuing big ideas and discovering knowledge are fundamental to the college experience. Students have the opportunity to work side by side with renowned faculty on research in a hands- on environment developing critical thinking skills and knowledge that offers direct and positive impact on their success in and out of the classroom.

Creighton has a long and rich history of groundbreaking research that makes a difference in peoples lives. Research is essential to discovering the underlying causes of disease as well as new ways to prevent and treat disease. Research awards to Creighton University for the 2012-13 academic year totaled $28.8 million.

  • The high caliber of ongoing research by Creighton faculty has been validated through several forms of national peer review and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other national granting agencies fund much of the current research. More than 30 active NIH grants serve to fund studies at Creighton ranging from the basic sciences to true translational research.
  • Creighton is home to world-renowned researchers in bone biology, hereditary cancer and asthma and allergies. Trailblazers like Robert Heaney, M.D., and Henry Lynch, M.D., have spent decades in  developing findings that now drive policy and treatment protocol throughout the world.

Creighton participates in 14 NCAA Division I sports. The athletic teams are as strong on the court and field as they are in the classroom. Creighton student-athletes had a GPA of 3.34 in the spring of 2013. The University's athletic teams have been honored by the Missouri Valley Conference and NCAA with numerous academic awards.

As of July 1, 2013, Creighton is a member of the BIG EAST Conference, joining Butler, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova and Xavier. As part of this conference, Creighton competes with some of the biggest names in men's college basketball. This move represents unprecedented opportunities for the University and Creighton is proud to be joining the nine fellow member schools in what will be a strong conference, athletically and academically.

In September 2012, Alegent Health and Creighton University expanded their strategic academic affiliation to form Alegent Creighton Health and Alegent Creighton Clinic. Alegent Creighton Health is one of the top 15 healthcare systems in the U.S. and provides the primary teaching sites for the School of Medicine and Creighton's other health sciences schools including the College of Nursing, School of Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy and Health Professions. Creighton University is responsible for the educational component of the affiliation, enhancing both the academic experience for students and healthcare in the greater Omaha community.

Creighton University has multiple campuses beyond the Omaha area including Creighton University School of Medicine at Diginity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. A public/private partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage utilizes the distance education technology the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions developed to offer Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees, and a campus in Hastings, Neb., serves nursing students.

Creighton is leveraging its diversity to introduce many new cross-disciplinary degrees and programs among the University's nine colleges and schools. Examples are:

  •  A program in energy technology will train future leaders in this emerging field to possess the scientific expertise needed as well as an understanding of related social issues. Creighton has the largest solar array panel in the state of Nebraska.
  • Open to current law students, Creighton's Government and Leadership (GOAL) Program features a semester-long externship in Washington, D.C., that provides students experience in the critical functions of government lawyers. The program prepares law students for leadership positions with government entities and organizations. Students earn both the Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Government and Leadership in three years.
  • Master's Degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution: Negotiation and dispute resolution are becoming a vital component of successful businesses and relationships. This program is taught by Creighton's Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.
  • Master's Program in Bioscience Management: Increasingly employers are seeking science-trained team members with skills in business and communication. This interdisciplinary degree offers graduate students and working professionals the opportunity to study the business of science. .
  • Online Master's of Security Analysis and Portfolio Management: Helps prepare students for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam while examining business themes such as income generation, trends in markets, portfolio theory and much more.
  • Ed.D. in Leadership: This doctorate program develops leaders in the fields of education, healthcare and business, who use their leadership skills to promote social justice, as well as societal and organizational change.

Since 2000, Creighton University has invested more than $280 million in on-campus improvements and planned expansion to create a more vibrant and robust campus. The campus design and master plan have received top awards in landscape and architecture.

Updated July 2013