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Creighton Freshmen Academically Strong, Diverse and Engaged


Creighton University welcomed just shy of 1,000 new students to campus, most of whom movde into residence halls on Saturday, Aug. 18. Move-in is just the beginning of a weeklong schedule of activities planned for the new students.

A highlight of the week was “The Creighton Pathway” on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The academic procession took the incoming freshmen on a symbolic walk from St. John’s Church, the spiritual heart of campus, down the campus mall to the D.J. Sokol Arena for the President’s Academic Convocation, their formal academic introduction to the University.

The academic profile of the 2012 freshman class places Creighton among the top six private universities in the Midwest with more than 4,000 undergraduates.

“Creighton University continues to attract students who not only are exceptionally bright and talented but committed to involvement in their school and community. I am especially pleased that we have more regional and national geographical diversity than most Midwestern universities,” said Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., president.

Highlights of this year’s freshman profile include:

  • 39 percent ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class; 50 percent scored 27 or above on the ACT (placing them in the top 13 percent in the nation); and had a median high school GPA of 3.83.
  • 19 percent of the freshmen are first-generation college students
  • 27 percent of the freshmen are students of color
  • 77 percent of the freshman are from more than 100 miles away from Omaha; 40 percent from more than 400 miles away.
  • 82 percent was active in church and/or service organizations; 33 percent was involved in a student government position; 79 percent was active in a high school varsity sport; 16 percent was involved in speech, debate, mock trial or the model UN; and 19 percent was involved in the school newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook, television or radio.

Freshman move-in was Saturday, Aug. 18, with more than 130 student, faculty and staff volunteers helping to make the process as simple as possible. Creighton’s move-in experience is one that leaves parents and incoming students doing little work, as student volunteers haul boxes, futons and refrigerators to the residence hall rooms with plenty of school spirit.

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