Creighton University was founded in 1878 in Omaha, Nebraska. Edward Creighton, a business man focused on the economic development on Omaha, died in 1874. His widow, Mary Creighton, used a portion of her inheritance to establish a school in memory of her late husband. With Edward’s brother and her brother-in-law, John Creighton, Mary purchased 6.2 acres of land and handed over the land to Right Rev. James O’Connor, D.D., Bishop of Omaha.
Under the Jesuits, the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences opened in 1878. It is currently the largest division of the school today. In 1913 Creighton began admitting women, as part-time students in summer sessions. It was not until 1951 when University College merged with the College of Arts and Sciences, making it a coed division of the school. In 1924, although Mary Creighton imagined the college to be a free education for men, it became necessary to charge tuition.
In 1926 the school began looking towards building a graduate school. It also worked on expanding its undergraduate programs. The School of Nursing, School of Journalism and School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions were all founded in the subsequent years.
Today Creighton views itself as a leader in providing its students a faith-based Jesuit education.
There is no university in the country like Creighton University in terms of size, the array of professional and graduate programs offered, and the strong commitment to Catholic and Jesuit ideals and values. Founded in 1878 and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Creighton is a vibrant and diverse learning community.
Nationally recognized for providing a challenging and balanced educational experience, the University offers a rigorous academic agenda with a broad range of disciplines, providing more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students with degree programs that emphasize education of the whole person -- academically, socially and spiritually.
Nine Schools and Colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Nursing. Graduate School and Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Professions and University College.
Student-to-faculty ratio of 12-to-1.
More than 96 percent of our undergraduate students are employed, volunteering or attending graduate or professional school within eight months of graduation.
Creighton University is located in Omaha, one of the largest 50 cities in the country, where exciting things are happening. You’ll come to Creighton for the world-class education, but you’ll stay for everything this city has to offer. Omaha is listed on Forbes’ List of Best Places for Business and Careers, but there is so much more to Omaha than rankings. During the past few years, Omaha’s business district has benefited from more than $2 billion in development. ?Omaha’s business climate remains robust, with a very low unemployment rate. Along with this healthy economy, great shops, restaurants, downtown and metro population of nearly 1 million—Omaha is just about the perfect place to live. No wonder five Fortune 500 companies call Omaha home!
Creighton is more than the place where you’ll learn. It’s where you’ll live. We have invested more than $285 million in campus development in recent years to create state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, spacious residential living, a world-class soccer stadium, a women’s sports arena and a new fitness and sports center. There is a dynamic synergy between our campus expansion/improvements and the nearby redevelopment of Omaha’s downtown and riverfront business and entertainment districts.
Our relaxed and friendly campus encourages community and promotes individual growth. You’ll connect at Creighton through more than 200 clubs and organizations, including intramural sports, fraternities and sororities, honor societies, and cultural, religious, political/government, professional, academic and service organizations. Whatever you’re into, there’s a good chance you can find it here at Creighton.
Omaha was listed as one of 20 Awesome U.S. Cities You Need to Visit in Your 20s (Huffington Post – November 2013)
Omaha was listed as one of ten Best Cities for Millennials Right Now (The Atlantic Wire – November 2013)
#2 – The 9 Best Up-and-Coming Cities for Music (MTV Iggy – February 2013)
#7 – Top 10 Best American Cities to Live In (Top10Stop.com – January 2013)
Omaha was ranked among the 10 Coolest Cities in the Midwest (MSN – January 2013)
#10 – Best Cities to Start a Business (NerdWallet.com – April 2013)
#9 – Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs (for medium size cities) (Under30CEO – March 2013)
#7 – 10 Fittest Cities in the United States (Apartment Guide, Houston Chronicle – March 2013)
A Creighton fall tradition is Getting Blue BBQs. Students and staff work together to put on a series for on-campus barbeques for students to eat, socialize and support their sports teams. The Creighton Blue Crew is the school’s yell leaders. They are responsible for getting fans pumped for athletic games by leading cheers. It is a time-honored tradition at Creighton to be a Blue Crew member.
A Jesuit university, Creighton upholds many religious traditions and values and integrates them with the curriculum. Characteristic of a Jesuit Education include the challenge to strive for excellence, sharing gifts, respecting each person as a child of God and all of God’s creations, developing the whole person, “For the Greater Glory of God” and teaching behaviors that reflect critical thought and responsible action on moral and ethical issues.
Kyle Korver, 2003, NBA, drafted in '03 and has played for Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls and currently for the Atlanta Hawks; Jayme Martin, 1992, VP and general manger of Nike Inc. Americas; Mary Pat McCarthy, 1977, Vice Chair of KPMG LLP; Zachary Nipper, 1999, Grammy Award winner in '08 for "Best Recording Package" as an art director, graphic designer at Saddle Creek Records, Omaha, Neb.; Mike Fahey, former mayor of Omaha, Neb.; Uwem Akpan, author and speaker; Michael Anderson, 1990, astronaut, died in the space shuttle Columbia tragedy; J. Joseph Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade and owner of the Chicago Cubs; Donald Keough, former Coca-Cola president and chief operating officer.
Creighton competes with some of the biggest names in college basketball as part of the BIG EAST Conference. But our move to the BIG EAST in 2013 is more than just an honor for our basketball program. It’s a testament to the level of our academics, our character and our reputation throughout the country. We’re proud to have joined Butler, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova and Xavier in this league of athletes, scholars and leaders.
Our teams are as honored on the court and field as they are in the classroom. Creighton student-athletes had a GPA of 3.4 in spring 2013, and three teams (crew, women’s tennis and volleyball) earned NCAA recognition on the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate.
NCAA Division I Sports
130 acres of campus
409,00 people in the City of Omaha
877,000+ in the metro area
#1 Master's University in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report
20+ graduate and professional programs
33% were members of high school National Honors Society
24% ranked in the top 5% of their graduating class
40% ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class
31% in student government
76% in a varsity sport
82% in church/community service
15% in speech/debate, Mock Trial or Model UN
22% in school newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook or TV/radio
Service in the Jesuit Tradition
300+ students take Spring or Fall Break Service Trips
389,000+ student service hours annually
Activities and Athletics
#5 Most Wired College by PC Magazine
14 Division I sports
17,000 fans regularly cheer on the men's Bluejays basketball team
On-campus housing is divided into Freshman Living Halls, Sophomore Living Halls and Apartment Living. The Freshman Living Halls include Deglman Hall, home of the Cortina Community, a living-learning community for freshmen and sophomores who are interested in pursuing service, faith, and justice in a residential community; Gallagher Hall’s first floor is used by residents as a "living room" for socializing and unwinding.; and Kiewit Hall, Kiewit is home to the nationally-recognized Freshman Leadership Program (FLP) which provides 60 new freshman students with advanced leadership training while living in a community.