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Creighton Freshmen Walk New Path to Education

Welcome Week includes move-in, orientations, campus events and new academic procession

Father Timothy R. Lannon, S. J. Creighton president greeted new students and their families during freshmen move-in . The University welcomed more than 970 freshmen to campus, most of whom moved into residence halls on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Following their move-in, new students are participating in a week-long schedule of welcome activities, highlighted this year with “The Creighton Pathway,” a new academic procession that will precede the President’s Academic Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. More than a thousand new students as well as academic and University leaders who will be dressed in regalia will make a symbolic walk from St. John’s Church, the spiritual heart of campus, down the campus mall walkway to the D.J. Sokol Arena to attend their formal academic introduction to Creighton.

“The Creighton Pathway is a significant event for this University,” said Creighton President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. “The Class of 2015 is the first to make this historic procession through campus as part of the new academic year. From now on, the Pathway will be an important tradition at Creighton.”

The academic profile of the 2011 freshman class places Creighton among the top-10 private universities in the Midwest with more than 4,000 undergraduates.

Highlights of that profile include:

  • 43 percent ranked in the top-10 percent of their high school class; 53 percent scored 27 or above on the ACT (placing them in the top-12 percent in the nation) and had an average high school GPA of 3.77.
  • 24 percent of Creighton’s freshman class is first-generation college students
  • 25 percent of the freshmen are students of color
  • 75 percent of the freshman class is from more than 100 miles away from Omaha; 40 percent from more than 400 miles away.
  • Students from 38 states
  • 82 percent of the class was active in church and/or service organizations; 37 percent was involved in a student government position; 76 percent was active in a high school varsity sport; 17 percent was involved in speech, debate, mock trial or the model UN; and 23 percent was involved in the school newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook, television or radio.

More than 130 student, faculty and staff volunteers assisted at move in helping to make the process as simple as possible. Creighton’s move-in experience is one that leaves parents and students doing little work, as student volunteers haul boxes and futons to the residence hall rooms, all in an upbeat, fun manner.