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

Creighton University ranks first nationally in Washington Monthly’s 2011 master’s universities rankings. The monthly nonprofit magazine of United States politics and government ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good.

Rankings are based on three broad criteria:

  • Research—fostering scientific and humanistic research;
  • Service—encouraging students to give back to their country; and
  • Social mobility—recruiting and graduating low-income students.

“Creighton has been fortunate to receive many accolades over the years for its academic excellence, but it is meaningful to be recognized for also doing good, as it speaks to the very heart of our Catholic, Jesuit identity,” said Creighton President Timothy R. Lannon, S. J.

Indicators of Creighton’s commitment in these categories include:

  • Research awards to Creighton University for the 2010-11 academic year totaled almost $41.7 million.
  • Students, faculty and staff are involved in more than 800 service outreach programs annually contributing more than 295,000 volunteer hours those in need.
  • More than 90 percent of Creighton 2010 graduates were employed, involved in volunteer work or attending graduate/professional school within six months of graduation. The national average is 63.7 percent.
  • More than 90 percent of Creighton students receive some type of financial assistance such as scholarships, grants, work study, etc. A snapshot of this year’s freshman student profile is available at http://www.creighton.edu/publicrelations/newscenter/news/2011/august2011/august152011/freshmennr081511/index.php.