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.
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.
- 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- The Department of Recreation and Wellness encourages holistic wellness and provides quality facilities, sports and fitness opportunities, and wellness programming.
- The Student Health Education and Compliance Office provides health education and wellness resources to students, with the mission of enhancing well-being and academic success.
- Student Counseling Services compassionately addresses student concerns and provides valuable self-care tools. Most counseling services are provided free of charge to full-time students.
- The Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center) provides confidential advocacy for individuals who have experienced sexual violence, discriminatory harassment, or discrimination.
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.
Undergraduate Field of Study: Psychology and Communications
Undergraduate Field of Study: History and Asian Studies
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
Application Administrator, Division of Student Life
Undergraduate Field of Study: Computer Science and Mathematics
Professor/Chair, Department of Medical Education
Undergraduate Field of Study: Biology
Assistant Director for Retention and Identity Development
Undergraduate Field of Study: Native American Studies and History
Senior Director, Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing
Undergraduate Field of Study: Criminal Justice and Sociology
Assistant Professor of Practice
Undergraduate Field of Study: Accounting and MIS
Administrative Coordinator, Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and Division of Mission & Ministry
Undergraduate Field of Study: Community Health Education
Director, Student Counseling Services
Undergraduate Field of Study: Psychology
Associate Professor of Marketing
Undergraduate Field of Study: Marketing/Business Administration, Psychology
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Undergraduate Field of Study: Chemistry and History
Director, TRIO Student Support Services
Undergraduate Field of Study: Journalism and Mass Communication
Assistant Director for Pre-Health Advising
Undergraduate Field of Study: English
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)
Vice Provost for Enrollment
Undergraduate Field of Study: Business Administration
Director of International Enrollment
Undergraduate Field of Study: Marketing and International Development, South Asian Studies
Professor of Hebrew Bible, Old Testament
Undergraduate Field of Study: Religious Studies
Assistant Professor in Sociology
Undergraduate Field of Study: Sociology and Anthropology
Research Supervisor, Pharmacology Department
Undergraduate Field of Study: Psychology and Zoology, African Studies
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
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.
The Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA and The Suder Foundation, recently announced the inclusion of Creighton.