The annual U.S. News & World Report magazine’s college rankings are out – and for the ninth year in a row, Creighton University is the No.1 Midwest Regional university. It is the 14th time in 15 years that Creighton University has ranked No. 1 in “America’s Best Colleges” edition.
Creighton for the fifth time was also recognized as No. 1 in the Midwest region as a “best value” university for giving students the best return on their tuition investment. Creighton was also given a nod for helping undergraduates thrive through its service learning programs. Service learning incorporates community involvement into classroom instruction.
“Creighton has been fortunate to receive national accolades from several prestigious national publications in the past few weeks. The University takes great pride in these recognitions. Creighton’s outstanding academic programs, graduation outcomes, commitment to providing scholarship assistance and focus on service learning are quality measures that peers, parents, faculty, alumni and students value,” said Timothy R. Lannon, S. J. Creighton president.
The University’s peers also identified their fellow institutions for a strong commitment by faculty to undergraduate teaching. Creighton ranked No. 5 in the Midwest. That commitment to student success was also recognized in another No. 1 ranking by U.S. News, which acknowledges schools who understand the importance of accepting students who possess a well-rounded high school experience. Creighton’s undergraduate freshman profile demonstrates that Creighton students were very involved in extracurricular and community activities during their high school years.
“There is a unique spirit at Creighton that makes it unlike any other college or university. Creighton students are very bright, but they also possess a heartfelt desire to develop their gifts and use their abilities so they may serve others and help to make the world a better, more just place,” Fr. Lannon added.
Creighton is also mentioned on several other lists. Two of note: Regionally, the University is ranked No. 3 for distributing the largest need-based financial aid packages and No. 3 for its six-year graduation rate.
Criteria for U.S. News ranking include academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.