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Find your place in the world with a top-ranked education.

Creighton is a formative place for students, faculty and staff to live, learn and serve in the Jesuit tradition. But don’t take our word for it. See what everyone else is saying about Creighton and our schools and colleges.

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U.S. News & World Report National Universities

A Top-ranked National University

Creighton University ranks in the top third of National Universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings for “Best Colleges.” For a third consecutive year, Creighton returns to the prestigious list of National Universities, recognized for offering a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s and doctoral programs, and for producing groundbreaking research.

A top-ranking National University classification marks an elevation in Creighton’s reputation. For 16 years in a row, Creighton had been recognized as No. 1 in the Midwest category.

Creighton is also recognized for undergraduate teaching, innovation, and as a best value institution.

Top-ranked Undergraduate Programs

Named a Top University

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Ranking recognized Creighton in the top 20% of institutions in its 2022 survey.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Creighton one of the Top 10 midsize colleges in the Midwest in 2021.

Creighton is recognized by four academic ranking organizations, Forbes, The Princeton Review and the Center for World University Rankings, among the nation’s top higher education institutions.

  • The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranks Creighton No. 1,004 out of 20,000 schools worldwide. Nationally, the CWUR places the University at No. 220.
  • The Princeton Review has included Creighton in the 2022 edition of its annual guide, The Best 387 Colleges. The publication praises Creighton for its robust campus life and hardworking students inclined toward community service.
  • Forbes magazine has rated Creighton No. 196 on its list of the nation’s top 600 colleges that deliver the top academics, best experiences, career success and lowest debt.

Best Online Programs

In 2022, U.S. News & World Report named several Creighton University online programs at the top of their respective categories.

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Best Online Programs - US News & World Report

A First-gen Forward UniversityFirst forward recognition

The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, included Creighton in its 2021-22 First-gen Forward cohort.

The First-gen Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education for demonstrated commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students.

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A Top School for Military Students

U.S. News & World Report named Creighton a top 150 national university for veterans in 2022.

Creighton was also named a 2022-2023 “military-friendly” school by the Military Friendly® resource and media group.

Additionally, Military Times has named Creighton a 2021 “Best for Vets” college.

A “Best Value” College

  • The Princeton Review selected Creighton as one of the nation’s best-value institutions in its 2022 list of “Best Value Colleges.” Additionally, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Creighton as a Best Value institution for 2022.

Goldwater Scholars

Creighton has produced the most Goldwater scholars of any Catholic university over the past 18 years. The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes undergraduate students for their academic achievements in the natural sciences

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Goldwater Scholar, Kathleen Marinelli
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A College of Distinction

High school guidance counselors are some of our biggest fans. Many recommend us for our student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. That support—and other factors, such as research—earned us a dedicated profile on Colleges of Distinction.

Fair Trade Universities logoA Fair Trade University

We’re proud to be the first Jesuit university to achieve Fair Trade status as part of Fair Trade Colleges & Universities, a national initiative to recognize institutions’ efforts to support fair trade through five criteria.

A Sustainable University

Creighton University is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Creighton in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2022 Edition.

The support I received at Creighton—both in the classroom and on the court—changed my life. The coaches and faculty truly helped me become who I am today.
— Josh Jones | Journalism major and former Bluejay basketball player