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Creighton Welcomes Record Number of Students

Creighton Welcomes Record Number of Students

For the second consecutive year, Creighton University will welcome more than 1,000 freshmen to campus, most of whom will move in to residence halls on Aug. 21. The combined undergraduate, graduate and professional school enrollment will mark a major milestone for Creighton – the largest student population in the University’s 132-year history at 7,385.

“We are humbled that so many students and their parents have chosen a Creighton education as part of their life’s journey. I am especially pleased by the strong academic, leadership and service profiles our new freshmen bring to campus,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., president of Creighton University.

This is the ninth straight year that the academic profile of the freshman class is higher than the year before.

“The profile of the freshman class places Creighton University among the top 10 Midwestern private universities with enrollments of about 4,000 and among the top 10 Catholic universities in the nation,” said Mary Chase, associate vice president for Enrollment Management.

View the complete freshman profile at

Freshman move-in is Saturday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. until noon, with more than 130 student volunteers helping to make the process as simple as possible. The operation is carefully choreographed, with street traffic controlled in conjunction with the city, volunteer movers lugging personal belongings up as many as nine flights of stairs, and all done with a celebratory spirit and song. Past move-ins have been chronicled in blogs and in higher education publications by parents who raved about the surprisingly enjoyable experience. “

"The move-in operation is as smooth as silk and is so quick, not only because there is so much help but because they make it fun and enjoyable,” said parent Ann Hergenrader, whose son, Matt, will be a sophomore this year.

Student organizers have also planned a full week of activities, including the President’s Picnic, a President’s fun run, an ice cream social, University welcome, free movies, a parent orientation, a dance, lip sync contest, a carnival, a Native American Welcome and Cedar Ceremony, and more. For a full schedule of events, visit

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