How is a Creighton University education making a difference in the lives of Creighton students and alumni? In 2014, Creighton began partnering with Gallup to find answers to that question. This web page is designed to share highlights from ongoing Creighton-Gallup surveys. Creighton leaders are using this data to gain a better understanding of which aspects of Creighton’s Jesuit, Catholic educational experience are crucial to the development of our students and graduates.
In early 2014, Gallup conducted a survey of about 30,000 U.S. college graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree. The goal was to examine the long-term success of college graduates as they pursue good jobs and better lives.
The survey, created by Gallup and Purdue University, caught the attention of Creighton leaders, and, in late 2014, Creighton became the first faith-based university to partner with the research firm in using the new tool to evaluate the impact of a college degree.
In 2015, a follow-up study to the comprehensive 2014 Creighton-Gallup Alumni Survey was conducted with recent alumni. The results were equally striking and favorable in regard to the lasting effects of a Creighton education. The recent alumni surveyed included 659 undergraduate alumni (degrees attained between 2011-2015) and 630 graduate and professional alumni (degrees attained between 2006-2015). A student survey was also conducted, focusing specifically on Jesuit values. A few key findings appear below.
The Creighton-Gallup Alumni Survey was launched in late 2014. Gallup emailed an invitation to participate in the survey in late November and early December 2014 to over 35,000 Creighton alumni who held at least one degree from Creighton and graduated between 1975 and 2014; over 5,000 responded.
In order to be able to compare the Creighton undergraduate alumni results with the national study, respondents who exclusively held advanced degrees from Creighton were removed from the results. The resulting sample of undergraduate degree holders numbered 3,447. The results were shared in a report titled “Great Jobs, Great Lives: 2014 Creighton University Alumni Outcomes.” A few key findings appear below.
2015 Creighton-Gallup Alumni Survey Results
2015 Creighton Undergraduate Alumni
- 72% of recent undergraduate alumni are employed full time for an employer (67% nationally)
- Over one-third (35%) say they had a job waiting for them when they graduated (24% nationally)
- Nearly half (48%) who are employed full time are engaged in their jobs (38% nationally)
- 41% of undergrad and 42% of graduate alumni strongly agree that CU prepared them well for life outside of college (29% of undergraduates nationally say this)
- About 1 in 10 (9%) of recent undergrad alumni are thriving in all 5 elements of well-being (5% nationally)
- 54% are thriving in purpose well-being (38% nationally)
- CU alumni are highly engaged with their communities: 44% thriving in community well-being (33% nationally)
- CU has made a great impression on and has established strong bonds with its alumni. 33% are emotionally attached to their university (20% nationally)
- 38% strongly agree they cannot imagine a world without their school (25% nationally)
- 52% strongly agree they had professors who cared about them as a person (37% nationally)
2015 Creighton Graduate Alumni
- 85% work full time for an employer (71% nationally)
- 47% had a job waiting for them when they graduated
- Twice as likely to be thriving in all 5 elements of well-being (14% vs. 6% nationally)
- 65% thriving in purpose well-being (50% nationally)
- CU alumni are highly engaged with their communities: 50% thriving in community well-being (37% nationally)
- 46% strongly agree their professors cared about them as a person
2014 Creighton-Gallup Alumni Survey Results
- 44% of CU alumni strongly agree that their school prepared them well for college (27% nationally)
- 16% of CU grads are thriving in all five areas of well-being (8% nationally)
- 64% are thriving in purpose well-being (48% nationally)
- 49% are thriving in financial well-being (37% nationally)
- 58% are thriving in social well-being (46% nationally)
- 54% are thriving in community well-being (43% nationally)
- 43% are thriving in physical well-being (32% nationally)
- 71% strongly agree they had at least one instructor who made them excited about learning (64% nationally)
- 40% strongly agree their instructors cared about them as a person (27% nationally)
- 47% believe it is their responsibility to use what they learned at Creighton to help or serve others less fortunate than them
- 32% strongly agree they were taught it is important to seek justice for those who may not be able to seek it for themselves
- 40% strongly agree they were constantly encouraged to think critically about what they were studying and that their professors expected them to share their ideas in class
- 45% strongly agree that they grew a great deal in their understanding of themselves during their time at Creighton