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Resources and support for first-generation students

Creighton defines a first-generation student as a student whose parents or guardians did not obtain a four-year degree from a college or university.

Creighton First programs provide guidance for life as a college student and a close community of peers for support as you navigate the college world. 

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Creighton First Community Program 

Creighton First Communities are groups of 3-5 first-generation students. You’ll be connected with your community as soon as you arrive! Each community will consist of a Community Advisor, a current Creighton student who is also first-generation.

First-Generation Resources 

Offices around Creighton’s campus are available to support you throughout your college experience. Whether you’re seeking from academics to involvement to managing finances, check out the resources below.

Academic Resources

  • Student Success is a one-stop-shop for academic coaching, tutoring, career advice, and pre-professional advising. 
  • The Dean’s Office of your college is a great place to seek out additional academic resources. Don’t be afraid to approach faculty with any questions you may have. 
    (Arts & Sciences | Business | Nursing)

Engagement Resources

  • The Creighton Comprehensive Student Record (CCSR) is a co-curricular transcript that depicts a student’s holistic experience at Creighton. While academic transcripts tell the student’s academic story, the CCSR will provide additional information about a student’s entire experience and skills obtained while at Creighton
  • The Student Leadership and Involvement Center (SLIC) houses the Creighton Student’s Union, 250+ clubs and organizations, fraternity and sorority life, new student orientation, and more.
  • The Creighton Intercultural Center supports students through advocacy, leadership development, academic support, activities and mentorship.
  • The Department of Residential Life provides engaging activities, new connections, and opportunities for personal growth. Connect with your RD or RA to learn about what’s happening in your hall.

Financial Resources

  • The Student Employment Office connects students to employment opportunities on campus. Visit to learn more about where you can find a job.
  • The Office of Financial Aid coordinates aid opportunities for all of Creighton’s four undergraduate and five graduate/professional schools/colleges.
  • The US Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid resources explain the various types of aid and give tips for repaying your loans. Here, you can create an account to track your borrowing.
  • The FAFSA is how you qualify for federal financial aid, so be sure to fill it out each year. Examples of federal aid include Pell Grants, Federal Direct and Federal Indirect Loans, and Federal Work-Study.

Wellness Resources

First-Generation Faculty and Staff Spotlight

Creighton has a number of incredible faculty and staff on campus who are available to support your transition. To learn more about which Creighton faculty or staff are first-generation, check out the list below.

Anthony Calcagno

Resident Director
Undergraduate Field of Study: Psychology and Communications

Audel Salazar

Instructional Designer​
Undergraduate Field of Study: History and Asian Studies

Becky Nickerson

Director, Creighton Intercultural Center
Undergraduate Field of Study: Social Work

Bianca Jinete Mejía

Institutional & Research Decision Specialist​
Undergraduate Field of Study: International Relations, Research Design & Analysis

Binaya Joshi

Application Administrator, Division of Student Life
Undergraduate Field of Study: Computer Science and Mathematics

Carol Lomneth

Professor/Chair, Department of Medical Education​
Undergraduate Field of Study: Biology

Cedora Barnett

Assistant Director for Retention and Identity Development​
Undergraduate Field of Study: Native American Studies and History

Desiree Nownes

Senior Director, Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing
Undergraduate Field of Study: Criminal Justice and Sociology

Don Lux

Assistant Professor of Practice​
Undergraduate Field of Study: Accounting and MIS

Janique Hayes

Administrative Coordinator, Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and Division of Mission & Ministry
Undergraduate Field of Study: Community Health Education

Jennifer Peter

Director, Student Counseling Services
Undergraduate Field of Study: Psychology

Jim Zboja

Associate Professor of Marketing
Undergraduate Field of Study: Marketing/Business Administration, Psychology

Joel Destino

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Undergraduate Field of Study: Chemistry and History

Krystal Rice

Director, TRIO Student Support Services​
Undergraduate Field of Study: Journalism and Mass Communication

Linda Dunn

Assistant Director for Pre-Health Advising​
Undergraduate Field of Study: English

Lucas Novotny

Senior Director, Housing & Auxiliary Services
Undergraduate Field of Study: Business Administration

Mary Ann Tietjen

Associate Director for Student and Family Support
Undergraduate Field of Study: Spanish, Journalism (Graduate: Education)

Mary Chase

Vice Provost for Enrollment​
Undergraduate Field of Study: Business Administration

Megan Mankerian-Stem

Director of International Enrollment​
Undergraduate Field of Study: Marketing and International Development, South Asian Studies

Nicolae Roddy

Professor of Hebrew Bible, Old Testament
Undergraduate Field of Study: Religious Studies

Sabrina Danielsen

Assistant Professor in Sociology​
Undergraduate Field of Study: Sociology and Anthropology

Stephanie Matthews

Research Supervisor, Pharmacology Department​
Undergraduate Field of Study: Psychology and Zoology, African Studies

Tim Bastian

Economics Instructor​
Undergraduate Field of Study: Computer Science and Quantitative Business Analysis

Tracy Neal Leavelle

Director, Kingfisher Institute for Liberal Arts and Professions​
Undergraduate Field of Study: Anthropology and Native American Studies

Zachary Smith

Associate Professor of Theology​
Undergraduate Field of Study: Philosophy


TRiO Student Support Services supports first-generation and income-eligible Creighton students with academic, financial, graduate school, career, and personal coaching to ensure students maintain good academic standing and graduate on-time.

First-Gen Forward

The Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA and The Suder Foundation, recently announced the inclusion of Creighton.