April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

As I forecast at Convocation in February and have discussed with other key campus groups, I am very pleased to share with you today that Creighton’s distinctive offerings and complexity across our nine schools and colleges has been recognized by the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Carnegie has added the University to its new category of Doctoral/Professional universities from our current ranking as a Master’s university.

As a result, Creighton’s ranking on various recognition lists, such as U.S. News & World Report, will soon change. The University has been listed under Midwest Regional Universities, and we have been No. 1 in that category for 16 consecutive years, but we are now included in the highly regarded National Universities category, which should be a new source of pride for the entire Creighton community.

The change by Carnegie was the result of the creation of an entirely new category of doctoral universities that offer at least 30 professional practice doctorates – such as MD, JD, DDS, PharmD, etc. – across a minimum of two programs. There are 123 private and 29 public universities in the new category with an average enrollment of just below 10,000 students each.

This news is also meaningful because it highlights Creighton’s continuing commitment to strengthen our scholarly productivity and institutional focus on research and scholarship. One example is the Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund, which supports and enhances the research and scholarly productivity of full-time faculty. There are many more such programs across the University for faculty and students, and great progress has been made in new research funding in recent years.

The update to our Carnegie classification will also allow us to continue to recruit the best students, faculty, and staff and attract those who might not have considered a regional university. I hope you will agree that our latest recognition is very exciting and further strengthens our position as one of the premier Jesuit, as well as private, universities in the nation.

View a list of many of the nation’s finest universities that join us in this new category.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD