Creighton University, located in Omaha, Nebraska, was founded in 1878 through a $100,000 donation by Mary Lucretia Leighton on behalf of herself and her late husband Edward Leighton to found a college or university. The school was founded with a Jesuit foundation, and operates today with Jesuit Catholic principles as its guiding ideal. The university was maintained and grew under the supervision of Edward Creighton's younger brother John, whose work with the institution allowed him to become a Knight of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Leo XII in 1895. The school is one of 22 Jesuit institutions operating in the United States, and as a Jesuit institution it is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the positive development of its students so that they may become competent, conscientious, and compassionate.
Creighton University offers a large number of majors and minors, allowing students to pursue academic and career interests that suit them best. These programs result in a bachelor's degree and are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Graduate programs are also available, requiring students who wish to enter them to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree. The graduate program has over 20 programs of study.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Applicants to Creighton University are admitted based on their academic performance, standardized test scores, the courses taken in high school, their extracurricular activities, personal statement and high school counselor evaluation. Admissions officers will weigh the various pieces of information and make a decision regarding acceptance and enrollment. Once the decision is final the student will be notified and, if accepted, additional information will be sent to assist in the enrollment process.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Students in need of aid must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility and awards. Students may be asked to provide additional information and documentation by the school in order to obtain a better understanding of the students needs, and to properly disburse awards.
The Creighton University Bluejays participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Missouri Valley Conference. Athletics allow students another method for obtaining success, and provides students a healthy forum to entertain one's competitive nature. Additionally students will develop skills such as discipline, teamwork and good health habits, which are beneficial in one's academic and professional life. Interested students should contact the school's athletic department to obtain tryout dates and start times.
Athletic programs at Creighton University:
- Cross Country
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Crew (Women Only)
- Softball (Women Only)
- Volleyball (Women Only)
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the students Creighton University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Total enrollment at Creighton University is around 8,400 students, where graduate students make up roughly 13% of the student body.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition is estimated to range between $35,000-$42,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
- Part time students pay in the range of $1,100 to $1,300 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||98%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||98%||$19,610|
|Receiving Student Loans||80%||$8,804|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and recent graduates, Creighton University may provide services like those listed below:
- Distance learning
- Counseling assistance
- Student employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Child care
Creighton University has a very high graduation rate when compared to similar schools nearby.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||67%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||8%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||0.4%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: Creighton University
- Law Program
- Medical (M.D.) Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
- Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
Campus: Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage
- Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
- * Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 2010)
Creighton University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Big East Conference)
- Basketball (Big East Conference)
- Track and Field, X-Country
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Theology and Religious Vocations
Visual and Performing Arts
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Creighton University for official up-to-date information.