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Creighton applications top 10,000 for first time

For the first time in Creighton University history, applications for admission to the University have topped 10,000.

As of Feb. 16, 10,027 applications have been received, a nearly 800-application increase over 2015 and a bump of almost 2,000 over 2014. More qualified candidates are entering the pool, but admit rates are consistent with previous years. Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Mary E. Chase, Ed.D., said she expects a couple hundred more applicants for 2016 to enter the pool by the time the cycle wraps up this spring.

“More students are interested in what Creighton has always offered: a rigorous, meaningful, prestigious education and a tradition rooted in our Catholic, Jesuit values,” Chase said. “Students know that when they come to Creighton, they will not just walk away with a degree, but experiences that will enable them to make the world a better place. Students complete internships, conduct research, and find meaning in the work they do. They are encouraged to pursue their passion and make it a career.”

Creighton prospective student and admitted student events, including weekends touring campus with representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Heider College of Business, helped attract attention from several hundred potential students and applicants.

The College of Arts and Sciences hosted its Special Programs Day in February, with nearly 200 students from 23 states in attendance to meet and interview with faculty, alumni and current students for the Dean’s Fellows, Honors and other scholarship programs. Students also learned about the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, the Creighton EDGE and the Global Engagement Office. About 50 students also spent the night and shadowed current Creighton students, visiting classes, meeting with advisors and taking a tour of the Gross Anatomy Lab.

An interview day with the Heider College of Business attracted nearly 100 students to campus for interviews for the Dean’s Fellows Program, the Scott Scholars and the Scott Fellows scholarships. Students met and interviewed with faculty, alumni and current Creighton students. A separate scholarship competition in February also attracted more than 100 admitted students who worked together on case studies devised by faculty and also attended a session on presentation etiquette in advance of final presentations judged by Heider faculty, alumni and current students.

The current profile of admitted students indicates more than 28 percent of the class scored 30 or higher on the ACT, with a median ACT score of 27. A quarter of those admitted ranked among the Top 10 scholars of their high school class.

Thus far, Creighton has seen marked increases in applications from the Midwest, with more applications coming from the Twin Cities, St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago. More applications also arrived from the states of Texas, Arizona and Oregon.

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