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How to Apply to Creighton University - Undergraduates

Tell us your story.

Applying to Creighton is straightforward, and the process is designed to help us get to know you. We want to hear about your academic performance, involvement and character. In the end, we welcome students who are a good fit for our community of exceptional students.

If you’re ready to join a university working for the greater good, get started today. Here’s how.

Two ways to apply. No costs.

To apply to Creighton, either complete the Creighton Application  or  the Common Application. Both are free to fill out, and we don’t have a preference for which one you use. (Please don’t submit  both.)

Admissions Deadlines

Applications open August 1, and the earlier you complete your application the better, especially when it comes to scholarship consideration.

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Requirements for All Applicants

To be considered for admission to Creighton, please submit the materials listed below:

  • A completed application for undergraduate admission. This can be Creighton’s first-time freshman application or the Common Application. We have no preference between the two.
  • Your official high school transcript, including the scale on which you were graded, sent directly from your high school.
  • Your ACT or SAT exam scores,* either official or self-reported within your admissions student portal; writing portion not considered.

*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission. Students can self-report their scores via a form in their student portal. Official ACT or SAT exam scores will be required of all students at the time of enrollment. (ACT school code: 2444; SAT school code: 6121)

  • A  high school counselor evaluation. If your counselor completes the Secondary School Report from the Common Application, this fulfills the requirement.
  • Essay or personal statement. This is your chance to demonstrate your writing potential while helping the Admissions Committee get to know you. If you’re completing the Common Application, you do not need an additional personal statement or essay; simply use the one included in the Common  Application.
  • Optional: Your resume and/or letters of recommendation written by one of your teachers, coaches, counselors or mentors, attesting to your academic and social preparedness to study at Creighton.

Unsure of what items you still need to submit? Check your  student portal.

In addition to the materials listed above, all transfer students applying to Creighton should submit the following:

  • All your official college and/or university transcripts. Additionally, the official high school transcript must be the official final high school transcript. These must come directly from the institution to be considered official.
  • Have a college official (i.e. dean of students, registrar, academic advisor) submit a  College Official’s Report. This verifies that a student is in good academic and disciplinary standing with their current institution. This requirement is in lieu of the counselor recommendation, which is not required for transfer students.

For more information about transfer requirements, please visit our transfer students page.

In addition to the requirements for all applicants, please submit a letter of recommendation from a non-family member (coach, employer, community leader, etc).

Please visit the International Student Admissions Requirements page for full details about admission and application requirements for international students.

We encourage you to challenge yourself with a solid curriculum that expands your academic skills. You will also enhance your application by participating in Advanced Placement courses, the International Baccalaureate Program, and honors programs.

Subject and Minimum Units

  • Algebra and Higher Mathematics: 3
  • English: 4
  • Foreign Languages: 2*
  • Natural Science (with labs): 2**
  • Social Sciences: 2
  • Electives: 3

*Students attending high school in a state that does not require foreign language can be exempt from the 2-unit foreign language requirement. Students exempt from the high school requirement will still be required to fulfill the minimum foreign language requirement as established in Creighton’s Magis Core curriculum. American Sign Language courses count toward the foreign language requirement.

**Creighton offers 4-year direct-entry into the College of Nursing for interested applicants. Applicants to the College of Nursing must complete a chemistry course in high school with a “C” or better.

How to Submit Documents

Documents may be submitted via standard mail or electronically. Note that some documents (transcripts, recommendations, scores) will not be considered official documents if submitted by the student. For example, a high school transcript must come from a school official, not the submitting student. 

Submit document electronically

If you submit documents via standard mail, our mailing address is:

Creighton University
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions Office
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

If you have questions or would like to schedule a personalized visit at any stage during the application process, please get in touch with one of our admissions counselors.

Be sure to check out our FAQ page if you have additional questions.

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Automatic Scholarship Consideration

All students who apply to Creighton are automatically considered for general merit-based scholarships. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. You won’t need to fill out a separate application for these scholarships.

Fall 2024 Test-Optional Dates

Apply to Creighton as a test-optional applicant. Then, if you are able to take a test in the coming months and want your application to be re-reviewed for merit scholarships with the test score, you will be able to do so through the December testing dates.

In fact, we will review and award scholarships based on the highest possible scholarship outcome. If you send scores after admission that would improve your scholarship award, we will re-evaluate. If scores are sent after admission that would negatively affect your scholarship decision, no change will be made.

I chose to attend Creighton because of the amazing community feel. I loved the way the professors and coaches take time to invest in their students.
— Alexa J. Unruh, Class of 2025

Take the Next Step

Apply now if you’re ready, schedule a visit to see Creighton in person, or get in touch with one of our admissions counselors if you have more questions.