U. S. News Ranking Continues to Recognize Creighton University’s Academic Excellence, Value
For the fifth consecutive year, Creighton University is No.1 in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of Midwest comprehensive universities. It is the tenth time in 12 years Creighton has been No. 1, and the 21st straight year the University has been ranked at or near the top of the magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition.
This year 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.
“Creighton provides an exceptional living and learning environment for students, and our peers recognize that value,” said Creighton President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J. “Access to a Creighton education for quality and diverse students is important to us; that is why our current capital campaign highlights the need for sustaining scholarships. Our successful recruitment efforts have brought in diverse students from varying socio-economic backgrounds, different geographic locations, and multiple ethnic groups.”
For the 2007-08 academic year, 21 percent of Creighton’s freshmen class are first-generation college students; more than 200 come from families with an annual income of less than $60,000. The University also enrolled 212 freshman who are students of color, the highest number in the school’s history.
According to Don Bishop, Creighton, vice president for enrollment management, students with outstanding academic profiles, including impressive lists of service and leadership involvement, are attracted to the University and expect the most out of their investment. “Seventy-three percent of our incoming freshmen were members of the National Honor Society and 80 percent are active in church, community and/or service organizations,” he noted.
A complete profile of the 2007 Freshman class is available at: http://admissions.creighton.edu/CUataGlance/ClassProfile/tabid/312/Default.aspx.
The magazine’s formula for determining which schools offer the best values compares a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its U.S. News ranking, to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in the top half of their categories are included, on the premise that the most significant values are among colleges that are above average academically.
The U.S. News ranking category, Universities-Master’s, reflects on a school’s mission, providing a full range of undergraduate and master-level programs and, in Creighton’s case, doctoral programs. The criteria are academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
Creighton also is cited as outstanding by other publications, including Money, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Peterson’s Best 311 Colleges.