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Phone: 402.280.2703

See a list of frequently asked questions about applying for special programs and additional scholarship opportunities (due January 10)

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Monday through Friday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (CST)

1. Does Creighton have an application deadline?

December 1 is our priority deadline for scholarship consideration. Students who complete their application by this date to receive priority scholarship consideration. After December 1, decisions are made on a rolling basis.

2. When is the best time to apply to Creighton?

We recommend that you apply early in the fall of your senior year of high school. The application for fall 2023 opened on August 1, 2022.

3. What is required to complete the application process?

  • A completed application
  • Your official high school transcript, including the scale on which you were graded, sent directly from your high school
  • ACT or SAT exam scores* (writing portions not required; can be self-reported scores)
  • A high school counselor evaluation
  • A personal statement
  • Optional: your resume and letters of recommendation
    • *Students who are applying test-optional do not need to submit ACT or SAT scores to have a completed application for admission.

4. How can I submit these documents?

Your transcripts and recommendations must come from a school official or the person writing your recommendation. They can submit documents electronically. Your counselor can also find out more information about how to submit documents

5. How do I know what items you’ve received and what still needs to be sent?

You can always see the status of your application, including your application item checklist, in your student portal. If you have additional questions, contact your admissions counselor.

6. My counselor just sent my documents. Why does it still show that they are missing?

It typically takes us a few business days to process documents. During busy times, especially right before a deadline, it can take up to two weeks. 

7. How long does the application review process take?

Once our Admissions Office has received your completed application, including all supplemental materials, the review process take about four weeks. We will begin reading applications in mid-October, so the first admissions decisions won’t be sent until early November.

8. Does Creighton accept self-reported SAT or ACT exams?

Yes. You can self-report SAT or ACT scores in your student portal.

9. Does Creighton require the writing portions of the SAT or ACT exams?


10. Does Creighton require any SAT II exams?


11. What are Creighton’s ACT and SAT school codes?

ACT school code: 2444
SAT school code: 6121

12. What does it take to get accepted to Creighton?

At Creighton, we want passionate, service-oriented students who will stand among tomorrow’s leaders. We also want to create a diverse, collaborative community. In determining whether Creighton’s right for you, we consider all of the information available in your application holistically, including your high school GPA, exam scores, extracurricular activities, and letter of recommendation. That being said, we strongly encourage you to take four years of English, math, and social science in high school at the highest level you’re capable, along with three years of natural science, foreign language, and electives.

13. Does Creighton award credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams?

Absolutely. For a list of exams we accept and the corresponding score benchmarks, please visit our Advanced Placement page. We also award credit for IB exams, CLEP exams, and A-level courses, among other things. 

14. Does Creighton have an honors program?

Yes, we have multiple honors & leadership programs. Eligible students must submit a program application by January 10, 2023. Find out more and apply here.

15. If I’m accepted to Creighton, what is the deadline for making my deposit?

1. How do I apply for merit scholarships?

Simply complete your application for admission by the priority deadline. Upon application for admission, all students are also evaluated for merit scholarships. 

2. When do I receive my scholarship decision?

You will receive your scholarship decision along with your admissions decision, typically about 4-6 weeks after you have a completed application. We will begin reading applications in mid-October, so the first admissions and scholarship decisions won’t be sent until early November.

3. Are there any other scholarships?

Most students receive most of their scholarships from Creighton with these merit scholarships. We do have a handful of additional scholarship opportunities for eligible students. They are based on specific criteria, as determined by the donor. If you apply for admission by December 1, 2022, and are eligible for these scholarships, you will see this information in your student portal. The deadline for application for these supplemental scholarships is January 10, 2023.

4. Can I bring in outside scholarships?

Of course! You can bring in any outside scholarships, up to the cost of attendance. Just be sure to let our (financial aid office) know that you’re bringing in additional aid.

5. What is the total cost of attendance?

Our direct cost (tuition, fees, room & board) for the 2022-2023 academic year is $58,544. As a private school, there is no difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. 100% of students last year paid less than the sticker price; there are numerous opportunities to bring the cost down.

6. What about need-based aid?

We highly encourage families to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by January 15, 2023 to explore grants, loans, and/or work study opportunities. 

7. Do you consider financial need in awarding scholarships?

Our merit scholarships awarded at the time of admission are need-blind. This means a family’s income does not influence the amount awarded. 

8. Do I have to file the FAFSA?

While not required, the FAFSA is highly encouraged to ensure students have explored all aid options.

9. Do I have to file the CSS Profile?


10. How do I know if you’ve received my FAFSA?

Check in your student portal or email your admissions counselor.

11. I’ve already filed the FAFSA. When will I receive my financial aid package?

We expect to email financial aid packages in late February. This will outline the full cost of attendance for the 2022-2023 academic year, as well as all aid offered from Creighton.

1. What is the average GPA and ACT or SAT score of an incoming Creighton student?

In Creighton’s incoming class, the median weighted GPA is 3.9. The mean ACT score is 26, and the mean SAT score is 1220. The middle 50% of our students are between 24–30 ACT, 1160–1340 SAT, and 3.5–4.0 GPA. 36% are ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

2. What is the student-to-faculty ratio?

Our student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1. 

3. What are the outcomes of students from Creighton?

99% of our students are employed, pursuing an advanced degree or doing volunteer/service work within six months after graduation. Explore outcomes by college

4. What is the percentage of students coming from out of state?

Over 77% of our students come from out of state. The average student is about a 6-7 hour drive from home, so we have a lively campus seven days a week, not just Monday through Friday. 

5. What majors do you offer?

We have three undergraduate colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, Heider College of Business, and College of Nursing. Explore the full list of bachelor’s degree options. Past the undergraduate level, we also offer a variety of graduate and professional programs, including medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant (PA), and law schools.

6. Is your nursing program direct-entry? How do I apply for it?

Yes. Simply list the College of Nursing on your application for admission. If admitted, you have a spot in the nursing program - no additional application is necessary once you arrive at Creighton. Learn more about our nursing program.

1. How do I set up a visit to campus?

You can either request a visit online, call us at 402.280.2703, or email us at

2. When can I visit?

We offer traditional campus visits most weekdays, as well as a select number of Saturdays. We also offer many different virtual visit options.

3. Do you offer visits on the weekends?

We are typically open a handful of Saturdays each semester for on-campus information sessions and tours, as well virtual visits.

4. What is the difference between visit options?

A personalized campus visit is a 45-minute meeting with an admissions representative. This is a chance for you to learn more about Creighton and get your questions answered. You will also have an hour tour with a current Creighton student. A Saturday visit is always a group information session, which includes a presentation by an admissions representative and a chance to ask questions, as well as a tour with a current Creighton student. Choosing the right campus visit for you depends on where you are at in your college search. Be sure to ask your admissions counselor if you aren’t sure. Remember that one advantage to visiting on a weekday when classes are in session is being able to get a true feeling of what it is like to be a Bluejay! While our campus is beautiful, what makes Creighton so special are the people. 

5. How far in advance do I need to schedule a visit?

We appreciate two weeks to plan your visit to include everything you’re seeking. Because we take the health and safety of our students, staff and visitors very seriously, we are requiring all of our visitors to follow our specific safety protocol, which includes completing a screening survey will need to be submitted at least 24 hours before your visit. Because of this requirement, we are not able to accept walk-in visitors.

1. Are students required to live on campus?

All full-time undergraduate students that are unmarried from outside the immediate Omaha area are required to live in University residence halls during their first two years at Creighton. Students from the Omaha area may live on campus, or they may instead choose to live with a parent or guardian.

2. How many residence halls are on campus?

There are three traditional-style halls for freshmen, one suite-style hall for both freshmen and sophomores, two suite-style halls for sophomores, and three apartment-style halls for juniors and seniors. Find out more about campus living.

3. How do I reserve a room on campus?

Once you have been admitted to Creighton, you will receive a message asking you to reserve your spot in the freshman class and residence halls. You will need to fill out and submit this form by May 1. You can request a room and make your deposit here.

4. What comes with my room?

While the rooms are different for each hall, there are some standard features. All rooms have two beds, two desks, two closets, dresser space, shelf space and a sink. They are also fully air-conditioned (and, of course, heated). Finally, they are equipped with basic cable and two high-speed internet lines.

5. Can I select my roommate?

You can select your roommate when you fill out your residence hall contract. If the two of you select one another and deposit prior to May 1, you will more than likely be matched together.

6. Can I have a car on campus?

Yes, you are allowed to have a car on campus. The cost for a parking tag is $400.

7. Are there on-campus job for students who don’t qualify for Federal Work-Study?

Yes, even if you do not qualify for Federal Work-Study (FWS), you will still have opportunities to obtain an on-campus job. Jobs are listed with the Student Employment Office.

8. Do you offer study abroad?

Absolutely! Explore semester, summer, and faculty-led program options. We also offer an incredibly unique program called Global Scholars, which is a four-year program that begins your first semester freshman year in Bologna, Italy, with three additional international experiences. This includes Creighton’s own campus in the Dominican Republic

1. What is the deadline for choosing a college?

The National Candidates Reply Date is May 1.

2. What does the deadline mean?

Colleges hold space in their class, offers of admission, financial aid, and academic scholarship for students through May 1. Early Decision acceptances and athletic scholarships are the only exceptions to this rule.

3. What if I decide on a college before May 1?

Terrific! You are more than welcome to commit to an institution before May 1. We’d be really, really happy if that school was Creighton! Either way, you will have a stress-free Decision Day if you have already chosen a school.

4. Can I tell a school I’m not considering them anymore?

Yes! We know it can be awkward to let a college representative know you aren’t considering their school anymore. However, as you narrow your list, you are encouraged to let schools know if they aren’t on your radar anymore.

5. Why can’t I deposit at multiple schools?

Submitting a deposit is stating your intent to enroll at that school. Since you can’t attend multiple institutions, it’s considered unethical. Institutions reserve the right to rescind an offer of admission if they discover the student has made a double deposit.

6. Is my deposit refundable?

Be sure to ask at each of the institutions you are considering, as it varies school to school. Creighton’s deposit is non-refundable.

7. How much is the deposit?

Once again, be sure to ask each school, as it is determined by each institution. At Creighton, the deposit is $400. $350 is essentially paying tuition early and $50 is a housing application fee for on-campus residence halls.

8. Do I get better housing if I deposit early?

No. Everyone who deposits at Creighton by May 1 goes into the same housing lottery. Schools that don’t have room for all first-year students on campus must make housing deposits refundable if you decide not to enroll. They can’t use housing as a way to coerce making a non-refundable deposit.

1. How do I know if I’m a transfer student?

Transfer students are those who 1) have been out of high school for at least one semester and 2) have completed at least 12 credit hours of college-level coursework. High school students who have taken AP exams or dual credits are not considered transfer students. All transfer students should apply here.

2. Am I considered a transfer student if I previously attended Creighton and want to apply for readmission?

Yes, and whether or not you have taken college courses since last attending Creighton, you will need to reapply as a transfer student. If you have earned college credit elsewhere in the meantime, you will also need to submit any new or recent transcripts from the awarding institution(s) along with your application. You do not, however, need to submit high school transcripts or the counselor evaluation, as these credentials will still be on file.

3. I applied to Creighton as a freshman and was accepted. I attended elsewhere, however. Do I need to reapply as a transfer student now?

Even if you have been previously admitted to Creighton as a freshman student, you will need to reapply as a transfer student now. We will also need your finalized official high school transcripts (when you previously applied, your high school transcripts probably did not include grades from your last semester of high school) as well as your recent college transcripts.

4. Does Creighton have an application deadline for transfer students?

Nope! We admit students on a rolling basis. However, we strongly encourage you to submit your complete application by July 1 if you plan on enrolling for the following fall semester and by December 1 if you plan on enrolling for the spring semester. The earlier you apply, the more options you will have in terms of classes and housing.

5. What is required to complete the application process for transfer students?

  • A completed application
  • Your final official high school transcript, including the scale on which you were graded, sent directly from your high school
  • All of your official college and/or university transcripts, even if you withdrew from the courses
  • A college official’s report, completed by a dean of students, registrar, or academic advisor. This verifies that you are in good academic and disciplinary standing with your institution.
  • A personal statement addressing why you are looking to transfer to another institution
  • Optional: your resume and letters of recommendation
  • Optional: ACT or SAT exam scores

6. I have been out of high school for more than a year. Do I need to send my high school transcripts along with my application?

Yes. If you have already applied to Creighton, be sure that the high school transcripts we have are the final official high school transcripts.

7. What is the college official’s report?

The College Official’s Report verifies that you are in good academic and disciplinary standing with your institution. This doesn’t necessarily need to be an advisor or professor you have worked closely with; it can be completed by a dean of students, registrar, or academic advisor.

8. Can I transfer college credit hours to Creighton? If so, how many credits hours can I transfer?

Creighton generally accepts credits from other accredited post-secondary institutions, as long as you earned a C or better in a given course. Generally, the college you apply to determines how each specific course transfers. A course may fulfill specific core requirements or garner elective credit. A maximum of 80 credit hours may be transferred to Creighton and you must take 48 credit hours at Creighton to receive a Creighton degree.

9. Do I have to send college transcripts if I don’t think my credit hours will transfer, or don’t want them to?

Yes, you must send all of your post-secondary transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

10. How long does the application review process take?

Once our Admissions Office has received your complete application, including all supplemental materials, the review process takes anywhere from about four to six weeks.

11. Are scholarships and/or financial aid available to transfer students?

Absolutely! Merit-based scholarships (mostly awarded for post-secondary academic performance) are available to transfer students. We automatically consider all transfer students for scholarships, although it should be noted, such scholarships are limited. Transfer students are also eligible to receive financial aid in the form of need-based grants, federal loans and work-study. In order to be considered, please submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Creighton.

12. What are my housing options?

  • Freshmen and sophomores, unless from the Omaha metro area, are required to live on campus and are guaranteed Creighton housing As for juniors and seniors, we cannot guarantee housing, and you may have to live off campus. However, there are 540 beds potentially available to you in our two apartment complexes, Davis Square and Opus Hall, and unoccupied freshman and sophomore housing will also be opened up to juniors and seniors.
  • Find out more about residence life at Creighton.

13. How do I register for classes?

Once admitted, you must complete your class reservation paperwork (included with your admittance packet), plus make a $400 admissions deposit ($300 if you intend to live off campus). After you make the deposit and class reservation, you will be able to register for classes, assuming that registration for the intended semester has indeed begun. These processes will involve close contact with your Creighton transfer advisor (details below).

14. What does my Creighton transfer advisor do, and how can I contact him or her?

  • Your transfer advisor is the person from your respective college who will work with you during registration. He/she also completes your transfer credit evaluation. Transfer advisors will discuss how your courses will fit in with your overall academic plan and advise you on course registration the first time you are selecting courses.
  • Meet our transfer counselors:
    • College of Arts and Sciences: Creighton Assistant Dean, Gerry Kuhlman, available at, or 402.280.4012
    • Heider College of Business: Creighton Assistant Dean, Whitney Eiden, available at, or 402.280.2394

15. What is TSC 105?

The Success Center 105, or TSC 105, is a course especially designed to assist transfer students in successfully transitioning into collegiate life at Creighton. The course invites students to “examine key elements of collegiate life, including the meaning and value of a liberal arts education; Creighton’s Jesuit, Catholic history and key Ignatian values; and the vocational aspirations and challenges common to transfer students.”

16. How can I get involved on campus?

Please visit our Student Leadership and Involvement Center to find out how you can get involved with student clubs, organizations, intramural sports teams, and social activities Creighton hosts. You’re highly encouraged to attend Skutt Shutdown, which is our yearly involvement fair.

1. What application do international students need to complete to be considered for admission to Creighton?

All of our applicants, international students included, need to complete just one application.

2. Does Creighton require international applicants to submit proof of English language proficiency?

Yes, all international students must submit an English language proficiency exam. We accept the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo. We may also be able to use other factors, including education, other test options, ESL program completion letters, etc. 

3. Is financial aid available to international students?

We offer substantial merit-based scholarships to international students, as well as an interest-free payment plan. Find out more about scholarship opportunities and financial aid at Creighton today.

4. Am I required to live on Creighton’s campus?

Yes, all full-time, unmarried, undergraduate students from outside the Omaha metro area are required to live in University residence halls during their first two years at Creighton. Living on campus makes it much easier to make friends and get involved in student activities.

5. Am I required to purchase a University health insurance plan?

Yes, we do require all international students to enroll in a University health insurance plan.

1. Can I visit campus?

Based on CDC and University guidelines, we are currently operating with the following practice:

  • All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, may determine whether or not they choose to wear a face covering during their visit to campus. If you have questions, please call us at 402.280.2703.  
  • You can register for an on-campus visit here.
  • We are happy to offer live virtual visits during this time, which include a video meeting with an admissions counselor, a virtual tour of campus, and a video meeting with current Creighton students. You can register for a virtual campus visit here.

For more information on how we are keeping the Creighton community safe, please see the measures we are taking in this COVID-19 care overview

2. How will immunization records be reviewed? With the influx of people visiting healthcare providers, are we more flexible with our deadlines?

The deadline for immunizations to be reviewed by Student Health Education and Compliance is May 15.

3. I was planning on taking the ACT or SAT, but wasn’t able to due to canceled test dates. How will that affect my application for admission and scholarships?

Creighton’s Office of Undergraduate Admission does a holistic review of an applicant’s file. Our committee is looking for your ability to be successful at Creighton. We determine this by reviewing your high school record, including grades and rigor of your curriculum. We also look at extracurricular activities, service, and leadership. Standardized tests are considered, as well. For students who are able to take the ACT or SAT, we encourage you to consider if it accurately reflects your academic ability. If not, or if you are unable to take a standardized test, you may elect to apply test-optional.

4. International Students – Will I still be able to get my I-20 and have support for the visa process?

Yes, we are still sending out I-20s and the instructions on how to obtain your I-20 can be found in the portal. If you have questions about the documents needed, or the next steps for your visa, please contact Megan Mankerian-Stem, Director of International Enrollment, at

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