A commitment to serving others — especially the poor and marginalized — is ingrained in the mission and student experience at Creighton University, a 2015 survey by Creighton and Gallup confirmed.
It’s also evidenced in the personal stories shared by current students.
Margaret “MJ” Jow, a senior from Fort Worth, Texas, for instance, says the University’s popular fall and spring break Service and Justice Trips, through the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, “set Creighton apart from any other school in the nation.”
“I have friends at different schools all across the country and when I told them what I did, they said, ‘I wish I could do something like that,’” says Jow, who this fall traveled to Montgomery, Ala., on a trip designed to immerse students in the struggle for civil rights in America.
Jow says an invitation and call to serve the less fortunate — to get to know their stories and act for social justice — is steeped in the fabric and tradition of Creighton University.
“That’s a feeling you get at Creighton from the moment you step on campus,” she says. “And we think of it as a privilege to serve. We are so blessed to be able to do this and reflect on our faith.”
That feeling appears to be shared by many of her fellow students.
The Creighton-Gallup survey found that nine out of 10 Creighton undergraduate, graduate and professional students feel it is “their responsibility to use what they learn at Creighton to help others who are less fortunate.”
Other findings from the survey — a follow up to a comprehensive 2014 study of Creighton alumni — were equally striking and favorable in regard to the lasting effects of a Creighton education.
The 2015 Creighton-Gallup study included responses from 659 undergraduate alumni, with degrees attained between 2011 and 2015, and 630 graduate and professional alumni, with degrees attained between 2006 and 2015. It also included a student survey that included questions on Jesuit values, such as service to others.
Both the 2014 and 2015 surveys found that Creighton alumni were twice as likely to be thriving in five key elements of well-being — physical, financial, community, social and purpose — as compared to graduates nationally.
Creighton alumni also report positive relationships with their professors. In fact, twice as many Creighton graduates “strongly agree” that their professors cared about them as individuals as compared to Ivy League alumni.
Additional Creighton-Gallup surveys are ongoing.