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Value of Education

Discover the Value of a Creighton Degree

A college education is an investment. So, why invest in Creighton? At Creighton, students find value throughout their college years and after. With every college course and every academic credit, with every challenge and every success, Creighton will make your college experience well worth the investment.

At Creighton, the value of our education starts in the classroom.

Our low student-to-faculty ratio (12:1) means you get personalized attention. Our four-year graduation rate is 25 percent higher than the national average and the highest in the state of Nebraska—saving you time and money. Student Success offers academic coaching and counseling, alumni mentoring, internship opportunities, resources to you help identify and achieve career goals, and other services.

Our students can begin as early as their freshman year collaborating with faculty on hands-on academic research—an experience not found at larger universities. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS) helps facilitate undergraduate student research. Nationally, U.S. News & World Report ranked Creighton among 90 universities recognized for an extraordinary commitment to undergraduate research/creative projects. 

Creighton students have access to thousands of job and internship opportunities locally and around the country. In Omaha, students often find internship roles at several Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies that are headquartered here. The John P. Fahey Career Center offers many tools and resources—including our worldwide network of alumni—to help students find employment opportunities and reach their career goals.

Stat 80

of students completed an internship or research project

Stat 99

are employed, pursuing an advanced degree or participating in a service program within 6 months of graduation

Your Return On Investment

Investing in a Creighton education will greatly benefit your quality of life. With a bachelor’s degree, median weekly income almost doubles compared to a high school diploma. 

Take a look at these median weekly incomes. In addition, those with college degrees have low unemployment rates:

Median weekly income and unemployment rates per degree type

What Our New Graduates Earn

At Creighton University, our graduates find success right away. Within six months of graduation, 99% of our recent alumni are employed, pursuing an advanced degree or participating in a service program. When employed, Creighton graduates are earning salaries competitive with national averages:

Graduate median income per school/college

Median starting salaries for recent grads in full-time positions from all three undergraduate colleges are very competitive with national averages, with top earners from all three colleges making over $115,000 annually.

2018 Median usual weekly earnings:

  • Doctoral degree: $1,885
  • Professional degree: $1,893
  • Master’s degree: $1,545
  • Bachelor’s degree: $1,305
  • Associate degree: $938
  • High school diploma: $781

2020 Unemployment rates:

  • Doctoral degree: 2.5%
  • Professional degree: 3.1%
  • Master’s degree: 4.1%
  • Bachelor’s degree: 5.5%
  • Associate’s degree: 7.1%
  • High school diploma: 9%

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Median salary overall: $34,000
  • Top earner: $77,000
  • By region:
    • West: $40,000
    • Central: $33,000
    • East: $40,000

College of Nursing

  • Median salary overall: $58,000 ($29/hr)
  • Top earner: $75,700 ($37.85/hr)
  • By region:
    • West: $64,000
    • Central: $56,400
    • East: $62,000

Heider College of Business

  • Median salary overall: $55,000
  • Top earner: $85,000
  • By region:
    • West: $56,000
    • Central: $53,000
    • East: $60,000
Each student receives special attention, but it’s that attention that helps them be independent.
— Jeffrey Hause, PhD, Professor of Philosophy