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Creighton University Awards and Honors

Although rankings and honors are not the only ways to measure a university's quality, Creighton University is often recognized by outside groups for its education, mission, community outreach and academic excellence.

Outlined below is a brief summary of Creighton University's most recent rankings and awards.

Creighton University's academic profile places it among the top Catholic universities in America and among the top 10 private universities with enrollments of 3,000 or more.

U. S. News and World Report's American Best Colleges

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 was 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. 

The Princeton Review

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.

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Creighton University Honored for Distinctive Educational Excellence

Creighton University was named a College of Distinction in the 2013-14 listing. a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education.

Nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction through high school counselors’ recommendations, as well as quantitative research, the institutions are assessed using four distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates.

Barron's Best Buys in College Education

The most recent edition of Barron's Best Buys in College Education lists Creighton University as one of more than 240 accredited American colleges described with reference to academic programs, campus environment, financial aid resources — and, of course, costs.

Kiplinger's Best Value in Private College

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine listed Creighton University in its list of 100 best values in private universities in its December 2013 edition. These institutions provide a top-quality, academic education at an affordable price—usually because of generous financial aid. Creighton ranked 41.

Princeton Review Green College Designation


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 college listed from Nebraska.  For more information read here.


Creighton University Named Fair Trade University

Creighton University is the first Catholic, Jesuit University to achieve Fair Trade status. The designation is given by Fair Trade Colleges & Universities USA, a national initiative to embed Fair Trade principles within administrative policy and the social and intellectual fabric of academic communities and recognizes the institution’s efforts to support Fair Trade through five established criteria.

President's Award for Community Service

Creighton University has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth year. This is 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.

Saviors of Our Cities Recognition

Creighton was recognized in 2009 as a "best neighbor" for its community impact.  Creighton ranked in the top 10 at No. 6.

Guide to Service-Learning Colleges and Universities

Creighton University is included in the "Guide to Service–Learning Colleges and Universities" showcasing higher education institutions that provide educational experiences through projects and courses outside the university or in partnership with other organization and groups.

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Creighton Ranks Seventh in National Listing of Schools Contributing to Public Good

Creighton University ranks seventh nationally in Washington Monthly’s 2013 master’s universities rankings.  The monthly nonprofit magazine of United States politics and government, ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good.


Fulbright Program's Scholars Program

Creighton University has been named again by the Fulbright Program to its list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright scholars.  The Fulbright U.S. Student Program equips future American leaders with the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly global environment by providing funding for one academic year of study, research or assistant-teaching abroad. For more information click here.

Students and Faculty Receive Fulbrights

Since 2006, Creigthon has had 10 Fulbright scholarship recipients.

Goldwater Winners

Patrick Thomas Bruck, Jennifer Hartjes and Emma Ruth Hoppe have been name 2014 Goldwater scholars in recognition of their academic achievements in the natural sciences.  The awards place Creighton University in an elite group of 25 private institutions across the country that in the past five years have produced seven or more scholars, as well as the No. 1 producer in Catholic universities during that time period.  Creighton has had 15 Goldwater scholars in the past 11 years. 

Creighton Scores High on Engagement Survey

Creighton seniors are significantly more engaged in class work, had more meaningful mentoring relationships with faculty, saw their coursework as relevant, useful and applicable to their academic success and future plans and had a better understanding of the issues facing their community, nation, and world than did seniors from other institutions, according to a college student survey conducted by the Higher Education Institute at UCLA.  Read more here.

Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association

Creighton University voluntarily sought accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) in 2006-2007. The University was reaccredited until 2017 with no interim visits or reports. Besides assessing formal educational activities, it evaluates such things as governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student services, institutional resources, student learning, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with internal and external constituencies. 

Creighton Named Graduate Model Program

Creighton University was named to's Graduate Model Program list for 2010-2011. Creighton is one of 30 schools on the list, which includes Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Duke and Penn. Creighton received this honor because of the Bioscience Entrepreneurship program offered through the College of Business. is a list of the best entrepreneurship and small business programs available at colleges and universities throughout the country.


U. S. Professors of the Year


Two Creighton University faculty members were named 2013 Professors of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).


Gintaras Duda, Ph.D., associate professor of physics, was named a National Professor of the Year in the master’s category. Matthew Huss, Ph.D., M.L.S., professor of psychology, was named Nebraska Professor of the Year. This is the fourth time in the history of the awards that both a national and a state winner have come from the same institution.



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Creighton Graduate Programs Nationally Recognized

 The U. S. News and World Report 2013 Best Graduate programs list several 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

Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, #139

National Education Association

Creighton University's Catholic School Leadership (CSL) certificate has received the 2008 President's Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). The CSL certificate is an innovative online program that is ideal for Catholic school administrators who did not attend Catholic institutions. Creighton's Department of Education and the Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic Schools Office partnered to create a framework of attributes and capabilities necessary for effective leadership in Catholic schools which resulted in the CSL certificate.

American School and University Campus Awards

Creighton's California Mall was chosen for a citation in Landscape Architecture, and the University was recognized for Outstanding Project in the Master Planning category by American School & University.

PC Magazine's "Top Wired" List

Creighton University ranked fifth in PC Magazine's 2006 Top Wired Colleges, an annual analysis of colleges throughout the nation. The recognition honors colleges with the most comprehensive – in terms of size, scope and quality – computing and technology offerings. Creighton was the only college in Nebraska and the only Jesuit, Catholic school in the nation recognized.

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Tops in Wireless

Creighton University has been ranked as one of the best campuses for wireless access by Intel Corporation.

Top IT Workplaces

ComputerWorld magazine ranked Creighton University as one of the top places to work in information technology in 2007.


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Burton Awards for Legal Achievement

In 2009, a Creighton law student was one of 15 students in the nation to receive the Burton Award for Excellence in legal writing.

Outstanding Community Service Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges

Creighton University was the first Catholic higher education institution to receive the prestigious Community Service Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for its work in the Magis Clinic. This clinic, founded and run by students, is a free clinic for uninsured and underinsured people, staffed by volunteer physicians.

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Promising Practices Award

The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) awarded Creighton University and its Faculty Partners Program the Promising Practices Award for 2008. This national award recognizes college and universities for their outstanding partnerships between student affairs professionals and academic affairs.

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ISTEP Project

Creighton University School of Medicine was selected in 2006 to participate in the Innovative Strategies for Transforming the Education of Physicians (ISTEP) project sponsored by the American Medical Association. ISTEP is a unique medical education research collaborative that brings together individuals and institutions from across the continuum of physician learning. Creighton is one of 16 research teams, representing 27 medical schools, participating in the AMA research collaborative.

Athletic Honors and Awards

Creighton student-athletes had a GPA of 3.4 in the spring of 2013. Three Creighton University athletic teams earned recognition from the NCAA based on its most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates: crew, women's tennis and volleyball.

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Creighton Joins BIG EAST Conference

Creighton announced that the University accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST Conference on March 13, 2014.  The membership is effective July 1, 2013, with team competition set for the 2013-14 academic year.



MVC All-Academic Awards

Creighton won the MVC All-Academic Award in seven of the past nine seasons.  The University joins the BIG EAST Conference on July 1, 2013.


Creighton had two Academic All-Americans  and two First Team All-Americans in 2012-13.


Other Academic Awards

The Creighton volleyball team earned the AVCA Team Academic Award eight of the nine seasons. Women's volleyball and basketball moved to the new D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center in the fall of 2009and both programs reached the NCAA Tournament in 2012-13, advancing to the second round.  It marked the first time in MVC history that a school had victorious NCAA Tournament teams in both women's basketball and volleyball in the same season. 

Creighton's men's basketball

Creighton's men's basketball program has won 20 or more games in 14 of the past 15 seasons, and is one of just eight programs to make the postseason in each of the last 16 years. Creighton was the only school in Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) history to attract more than 200,000 fans in a season (having done so eight times) and in 2008-2009 became the first to surpass the 300,000 milestone, as well. The men's basketball team has had more NCAA tournament appearances (9) in the last 15 years than any other MVC school.  The University joins the BIG EAST Conference effective July 1. 2013.

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NCAA Tournament appearances

The men's soccer team has appeared in 20 of the past 21 NCAA Tournament appearances while remaining the only program with at least one selection in every MLS draft.  The program has made five College Cup showings since 1996, including consecutivve appearances in 2011 and 2012.

Softball NCAA Tournaments

The softball team has appeared in the NCAA Tournament in six of the last 11 years while winning four MVC regular-season titles in the last seven years.

Creighton baseball team plays at TD Ameritrade Park,Omaha

The Creighton baseball team moved into TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in 2011, the home of the College World Series. With its 1991 appearance, Creighton became the first program from the state to ever reach the CWS. The Creighton baseball team won back-to-back MVC Tournament titles in 2011 and 2012.

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New Athletic Facilities

The University broke ground in 2013 for the Championship Center. The facility includes practice courts that can be used for basketball and volleyball, men’s basketball offices and space for services for all student athletes, including strength and conditioning, training rooms and the Academic Learning Center. The Rasmussen Fitness and Sports, named for Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen is about a 50,000-square-foot building with a mezzanine that houses a multipurpose field house with synthetic turf for intramural sports and athletic team practices, a suspended two- lane running track, and a fitness level furnished with cardio, circuit-training and free-weight equipment. 


Attendance High

Creighton ranked seventh nationally in men's soccer attendance, sixth in men's basketball and 10th in baseball attendance in 2012-13.

Women's basketball reaches its fifth MVC Tournament final

The women's basketball team reached its fifth MVC Tournament final in the past seven years and made nine postseasons in the last 11 years.

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