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Creighton Continues Trend of High Enrollment

Freshmen academically strong, engaged in community

For the past 10 years, Creighton University has welcomed an average of nearly 980 new students to campus each year. This trend continues with approximately 960 freshmen and 45 transfer students arriving on campus this fall, most of whom moved into residence halls on Saturday, Aug. 17. Move-in marked the beginning of a weeklong schedule of activities planned for the new students.

“Creighton has been blessed with robust enrollment that is fueled by an outstanding tradition of academic achievement, the distinct advantage of having nine schools and colleges on one campus, and the commitment of dedicated leadership, faculty and staff who continue this momentum,” said Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., president.

The academic profile of the 2013 freshman class places Creighton among the top 10 private universities in the Midwest with more than 4,000 undergraduates and among the top 50 national private Catholic universities.

“Students who come to Creighton are not only are exceptionally bright and talented but they are driven by a fundamental desire to contribute something meaningful to the world. They find here a Jesuit education that bridges the liberal arts and provides comprehensive professional programs in health sciences, business and law,” he added.

Highlights of this year’s freshman profile include:

  • 40 percent ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class; 52 percent scored 27 or higher on the ACT (placing them in the top 13 percent in the nation); 46 percent National Honor Society member; and had a median high school GPA of 3.81.
  • 79 percent of the class was active in church and/or service organizations in high school; 26 percent was involved in a student government position; 74 percent was active in a high school varsity sport; 61 percent was involved in an academic club; 49 percent was involved in fine and performing arts; and 16 percent was involved in the school newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook, television or radio.
  • 80 percent of enrolling freshmen are from outside Nebraska and 47 percent are from more than 400 miles away.
  • 25 percent are students of color with 16 percent being first-generation college students.

Freshman move-in was Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. until noon. More than 130 student, faculty and staff volunteers helped make the process as simple as possible by helping haul boxes, futons and refrigerators to residence hall rooms, with plenty of school spirit.