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Creighton Rankings & Recognition

We don’t rest on our laurels.

Creighton is a place where students, faculty and staff of varied backgrounds come to learn across disciplines, share values and drive purposeful change. 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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A Top-ranked National University

Creighton University ranks in the top third of National Universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 rankings for “Best Colleges.” For a fifth 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.

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Best Undergraduate Finance

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Best Undergraduate Nursing

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Best Undergraduate Analytics

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National Recognition

The Princeton Review has named Creighton University as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates in its publication “Best 389 Colleges for 2024.” 

Additionally, Princeton Review has ranked Creighton:

  • No. 15 among the Top 20 Best Schools for Making an Impact (Private Schools)
  • One of the Best Value Colleges for 2024 out of 209 outstanding institutions. The selected schools were rated for highest return on investment, based on academics, affordability and career preparation. 
  • No. 5 on the breakout lists for “Students Love Their School Teams” and “Students Most Engaged in Community Service,” based on student survey responses to questions covering community service opportunities, student government, sustainability efforts, and on-campus student engagement.

Creighton is recognized as one of the nation’s top higher education institutions.

  • Forbes magazine's 2023 America's Top Colleges list has named Creighton within the top half of the nation’s top 500 colleges that have demonstrated impressive graduation rates, high graduate salaries, and great outcomes for low-income students.
  • The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Ranking named Creighton in the top 20% of institutions in a 2022 survey and one of the Top 10 midsize colleges in the Midwest in 2021.

Best Online Programs

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The Most Goldwater Scholars

Creighton has produced the most Goldwater scholars of any Catholic university over the past 20 years. The highly competitive, prestigious Goldwater Scholarship recognizes undergraduate students for their academic achievements in the natural sciences

Creighton's 2024 scholars are Hannah Graff, a junior math, data science and musical theatre triple major from Winona, Minnesota, and Riley Link, a junior math major from Pflugerville, Texas.


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.

Connect with Diversity and Inclusion

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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Military-friendly School

U.S. News & World Report named Creighton a top 100 national university for veterans in 2022-2023.

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 2022 “Best for Vets” college.

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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.

Committed to Sustainability

Creighton is committed to addressing our planet’s most pressing issues and improving the lives of our diverse populations. 

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 sustainable and equitable sourcing.

We are one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2022 Edition.

Our green endeavors reach across campus—from academics to facilities.

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