Top 10 Things to Do Freshman Year

Top 10 Things to Do Your Freshman Year

Blue crew and students in \"Birdcage\"

As we welcome the Class of 2022 to Creighton, we recognize the transition to college and Omaha can be tough. In between studying and learning your way around Omaha (no left turns on Dodge Street!), here are 10 things recent graduate Molly McKinsey suggests all freshmen do.

  1. Go to an athletic event. Students can go to regular-season games for free with their Creighton ID card. For more on Creighton Athletics, including schedules and the latest news, visit
  2. Fallapalooza. Every fall, the Creighton Students Union (CSU) Program Board hosts a concert on campus. Past performers include Andy Grammer, Ben Folds and Jason Derulo. Keep an eye on your email for ticket information.
  3. Join a club. Creighton has more than 200 student organizations, representing cultural and academic interests, religious groups, campus government and pre-professional and honor societies. Learn more about clubs on campus.
  4. Skutt Shutdown. New students can interact with student organizations and learn how to get involved at the Skutt Shutdown. On Aug. 30, the Skutt Student Center and the Kiewit Fitness Center will host an interactive involvement fair, with carnival games, prizes and performances. Learn more about the Skutt Shutdown.
  5. Get some sleep. There’s a lot to do on campus and in Omaha, but be sure to catch some ZZZs in between it all.
  6. Try a fitness class. Students can use their Creighton ID to work out at the Kiewit Fitness Center and the Rasmussen Center. Want to take your workouts to the next level? Group fitness passes are available for $25 per semester. Learn more and see the schedule. And don’t forget about intramural sports.  
  7. Befriend a Jesuit. Jesuits work in various capacities at Creighton, including serving in the Mission and Ministry Office, teaching classes and celebrating Mass at St. John’s Church. Some even serve as chaplains for the residence halls and may have office hours there.
  8. Go on a service trip. Instead of spending fall or spring break at home, try a Service and Justice Trip through the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice. Make new friends and memories while helping others and serving in solidarity at sites across the country. The SCSJ also offers weekly service opportunities at a variety of organizations and sites in Omaha. Learn more about Service and Justice Trips.
  9. Go on a retreat. Before your year is over, attend a retreat to take some time for reflection. Visit the Campus Ministry website to learn more about retreats.
  10. Go to class. In between everything else, don’t forget about classes! Feeling overwhelmed? Check out Academic Coaching or free peer tutoring through the Creighton EDGE.