Creighton University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Creighton University

Founded in 1878 as Creighton College, Creighton University is a Jesuit institution guided by Catholic teachings. It features 14 Division I athletic teams, and in its 2013 rankings, U.S. News & World Report named Creighton the number one regional university in the Midwest. As of 2012, the university was listed on the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth year in a row.


With an average class size of 24, Creighton offers over 50 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs through nine schools and colleges. The university also has twelve centers, including the Anna Tyler Waite Center for Leadership, the Hereditary Cancer Center and the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society.

Multiple libraries, including law and health sciences libraries, support the academic programs. Students can also pursue international study through Creighton's study abroad opportunities, and online degree programs are available as well.


In 2011, Creighton admitted 78% of prospective undergraduates, and 25% of these students enrolled. Undergraduate applicants must provide a completed application form, which costs $40. Undergraduate students also submit a personal statement; a resume of leadership, service and activities; official transcripts; standardized test scores; and a guidance counselor evaluation. Teacher recommendations are optional.

The university may accept qualifying scores on some Advanced Placement (AP) tests for credit. Applicants to most graduate programs apply to a central location, though different programs may require different supplemental materials.

In Fall 2011, 27% of the undergraduates at Creighton were from Nebraska. The undergraduate student body included 74% white, ten percent Asian, six percent Hispanic/Latino and three percent black or African American students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, tuition and fees at Creighton are $33,330 for undergraduate students. Room and board costs are approximately $9,400, and books and supplies cost roughly $1,000. A payment plan is available, as well as undergraduate scholarship opportunities, which are based on factors like special talents and academic achievement. Graduate tuition varies by degree program, and graduate assistantship opportunities are available.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Undergraduate and graduate certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorates*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 4,153 undergraduate and 3,577 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing All full-time, unmarried first- and second-year students required to live on campus or with a parent or guardian**
Schools and Programs Nine schools and colleges; over 50 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 11 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Emergency Medical Technology (1)
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (195)
Master's: General Business/Commerce (64)
Doctorate: Pharmacy (158)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2003:
64% in four years
75% in six years
75% in eight years*
Admission Rate 78% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 975 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 88% for full-time students*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 27.1 in 2011**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions for regular decision**
Decision Notification Date Four weeks after receipt of completed application**
Undergraduate Tuition $33,330 for 2012-2013 academic year (includes fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving it) In 2010-11:
Federal grants (21%)
State and local grants (4%)
Institutional scholarships (98%)
Federal loans (62%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 99% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-11*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Creighton University

School Contact Information

  • Address: Creighton University Office of Admissions, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178
  • Phone: (402) 280-2703
  • Website:

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