Creighton Application Essay

Join a community of passionate leaders committed to making the world a better place. We’re looking for students with passion. Students who serve their communities selflessly and lead confidently. You have worked hard to get here – now show us who you are and what matters to you.

Creighton looks at each individual’s application holistically. We do not maintain minimum score requirements for GPA or standardized tests, rather we take a comprehensive view of your entire application including your academic success, course rigor, community service outside of the classroom, and standardized test performance. Creighton considers the best composite score from your ACT tests, but does superscore SAT tests. Your SAT superscore is the highest math and highest evidenced-based reading and writing scores even if they’re from separate test dates.

As a Catholic, Jesuit institution, Creighton University encourages students to be aware of important social justice issues facing society today and actively participate in the conversation. For students who take part in peaceful protests on issues that are important to them, there will be no admissions ramifications.

Recommended High School Curriculum

We encourage you to challenge yourself with a solid curriculum that expands your academic skills. You will also enhance your application by participating in Advanced Placement courses, the International Baccalaureate Program, and honors programs.

SubjectMinimum units
Algebra and Higher Mathematics3
Foreign Languages2*
Natural Science (with labs)2**
Social Sciences2

*Students attending high school in a state that does not require foreign language can be exempt from the 2 unit foreign language requirement.  Students exempt from the high school requirement will still be required to fulfill the minimum foreign language requirement as established in Creighton’s Magis Core curriculum.

**Creighton offers 4-year direct-entry into the College of Nursing for interested applicants. Applicants to the College of Nursing must complete a chemistry course in high school with a “C” or better.

Applying to Creighton

1. Does Creighton have an application deadline?

We admit students on a rolling basis. However, to receive priority consideration for scholarships, students must apply by our deadline of February 1, 2018.

2. When is the best time to apply to Creighton?

We recommend that you apply early in the fall of your senior year of high school.

3. What is required to complete the application process?

 A completed application

Your official high school transcript, including the scale on which you were graded, sent directly from your high school

ACT or SAT exam scores (writing portions not required)

A high school counselor evaluation

A personal statement

Optional: your resume and letters of recommendation

4. How can I submit these documents?

Your transcripts and recommendations must come from a school official or the person writing your recommendation. They can email documents to admissionsforms [at] creighton [dot] edu. Your counselor can also find out more information about how to submit documents. 

5. How do I know what items you’ve received and what still needs to be sent?

You can always see the status of your application, including your application item checklist, in your student portal. If you have additional questions, contact your admissions counselor.

6. My counselor just sent my documents. Why does it still show that they are missing?

It typically takes us a few business days to process documents. During busy times, especially right before a deadline, it can take up to two weeks. 

7. How long does the application review process take?

Once our Admissions Office has received your completed application, including all supplemental materials, the review process take about four weeks.

8. Does Creighton require the writing portions of the SAT or ACT exams?


9. Does Creighton require any SAT II exams?


10. What are Creighton’s ACT and SAT school codes?

  • ACT school code: 2444
  • SAT school code: 6121

11. What does it take to get accepted to Creighton?

At Creighton, we want passionate, service-oriented students who will stand among tomorrow’s leaders. We also want to create a diverse, collaborative community. In determining whether Creighton’s right for you, we consider all of the information available in your application holistically, including your high school GPA, exam scores, extracurricular activities, and letter of recommendation. That being said, we strongly encourage you to take four years of English, Math, and Social Science in high school at the highest level you’re capable, along with three years of Natural Science, Foreign Language, and electives.

12. Does Creighton award credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams?

Absolutely. For a list of exams we accept and the corresponding score benchmarks, please visit our Advanced Placement page. We also award credit for IB exams, CLEP exams, and A-level courses, among other things. 

13. Does Creighton have an honors program?

Yes. Eligible students must submit a supplemental application by January 7, 2018. Find out more and apply here.

14. If I’m accepted to Creighton, what is the deadline for making my deposit?

To ensure your place in our class, you must make your deposit  by May 1, 2018. However, we will accept deposits after that time if space remains.


1. How do I apply for merit scholarships?

Simply complete your application for admission by the priority deadline of February 1, 2018. Upon application for admission, all students are also evaluated for merit scholarships. 

2. When do I receive my scholarship decision?

You will receive your scholarship decision along with your admissions decision, typically about 4 weeks after you have a completed application.

3. Are there any other scholarships?

Most students receive most of their scholarships from Creighton with these merit scholarships. We do have a handful of supplemental scholarships for eligible students. They are based on specific criteria, as determined by the donor. If you apply for admission by December 1, 2017, and are eligible for these scholarships, you will see this information in your student portal. The deadline for application for these supplemental scholarships is January 7, 2018.

4. Can I bring in outside scholarships?

Of course! You can bring in any outside scholarships, up to the cost of attendance. Just be sure to let our finaid [at] creighton [dot] edu (financial aid office) know that you’re bringing in additional aid.

5. What is the total cost of attendance?

Our direct cost (tuition, fees, room & board) for the 2017-2018 academic year is $49,452. As a private school, there is no difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

6. What about need-based aid?

We highly encourage families to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to explore grants, loans, and/or work study opportunities. 

7. Do you consider financial need in awarding scholarships?

Our merit scholarships awarded at the time of admission are need-blind. This means a family’s income does not influence the amount awarded. 

8. Do I have to file the FAFSA?

While not required, the FAFSA is highly encouraged to ensure students have explored all aid options.

9. Do I have to file the CSS Profile?


10. How do I know if you’ve received my FAFSA?

Check in your student portal or email your admissions counselor.

11. I’ve already filed the FAFSA. When will I receive my financial aid package?

We expect to email financial aid packages in mid-February. This will outline the full cost of attendance for the 2018-2019 academic year, as well as all aid offered from Creighton. Remember that every school you are considering must give you until May 1, 2018 to make your final college decision. 


1. What is the average GPA and ACT or SAT score of an incoming Creighton student?

In Creighton’s incoming class, the median weighted GPA is 3.81. The mean ACT score is 27, and the mean SAT score is 1220. The middle 50% of our students are between 24 - 30 ACT, 1160 - 1340 SAT, and 3.5 - 4.0 GPA. 32% are ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

2. What is the student-to-faculty ratio?

Our student-to-faculty ratio is 11 to 1. 

3. What are the outcomes of students from Creighton?

99% of our students are employed, attending graduate or professional school, or doing volunteer/service work within nine months after graduation. Explore outcomes by college. 

4. What is the percentage of students coming from out of state?

Over 80% of our students come from out of state. The average student is about a 6-7 hour drive from home, so we have a lively campus seven days a week, not just Monday through Friday. 

5. What majors do you offer?

We have three undergraduate colleges: College of Arts & Sciences, Heider College of Business, and College of Nursing. Explore the full list of bachelor’s degree options. Past the undergraduate level, we also offer a variety of graduate and professional programs, including medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and law schools. In fall of 2019, we will also offer a physician assistant program. 

6. Is your nursing program direct-entry? How do I apply for it?

Yes. Simply list the College of Nursing on your application for admission. If admitted, you have a spot in the nursing program - no additional application is necessary once you arrive at Creighton.


1. How do I set up a visit to campus?

You can either request a visit online, call us at 402-280-2703, or email us at admissions [at] creighton [dot] edu. 

2. When can I visit?

We offer traditional campus visits most weekdays, as well as a select number of Saturdays. We also have open house events on set dates throughout the year. 

3. Do you offer visits on the weekends?

We are typically open one Saturday a month for information sessions and tours, as well as some open house events on Sundays throughout the year.

4. What is the difference between visit options?

A personalized campus visit is a 45 minute meeting with an admissions representative. This is a chance for you to learn more about Creighton and get your questions answered. You will also have an hour tour with a current Creighton student. A Saturday visit is always a group information session, which includes a presentation by an admissions representative and a chance to ask questions, as well as a tour with a current Creighton student. 

We also offer a variety of group visit options, including Jay Days, CU Sunday, CU in the Summer, and Admitted Student Days. Choosing the right campus visit for you depends on where you are at in your college search. Be sure to ask your admissions counselor if you aren’t sure. 

Remember that one advantage to visiting on a weekday when classes are in session is being able to get a true feeling of what it is like to be a Bluejay! While our campus is beautiful, what makes Creighton so special are the people. 

5. Do you ever come to my hometown?

We travel to students throughout the year for CU on Tour off-campus receptions, high school visits, summer interviews, and other chances to meet you where you are. Be sure to check your email for invitations to these opportunities, or contact your admissions counselor. We work with students from all 50 states and over 50 different countries, so we try to travel as many places as possible.

6. How far in advance do I need to schedule a visit?

We appreciate two weeks to plan your visit to include everything you’re seeking. However, we understand that life can be busy. We will always do our best to accommodate you.

7. Do you offer a chance to stay in a residence hall with a host student overnight?

We are only able to offer overnight visits during Admitted Student Days. There is limited space, so be sure to register early.

Student Life & Housing

1. Are students required to live on campus?

All full-time undergraduate students that are unmarried from outside the immediate Omaha area are required to live in University residence halls during their first two years at Creighton. Students from the Omaha area may live on campus, or they may instead choose to live with a parent or guardian.

2. How many residence halls are on campus?

There are three traditional-style halls for freshmen, one suite-style hall for both freshmen and sophomores, two suite-style halls for sophomores, and three apartment-style halls for juniors and seniors. Find out more about campus living today.

3. How do I reserve a room on campus?

Once you have been admitted to Creighton, you will receive a message asking you to reserve your spot in the freshman class and residence halls. You will need to fill out and submit this form by May 1. You can request a room and make your deposit here.

4. What comes with my room?

While the rooms are different for each hall, there are some standard features. All rooms have two beds, two desks, two closets, dresser space, shelf space and a sink. They are also fully air-conditioned (and, of course, heated). Finally, they are equipped with basic cable and two high-speed internet lines.

5. Can I select my roommate?

You can select your roommate when you fill out your residence hall contract. If the two of you select one another and deposit prior to May 1, you will more than likely be matched together.

6. Can I have a car on campus?

Yes, you are allowed to have a car on campus. The cost for a parking tag for the 2017-2018 academic year is $348.

7. Are there on-campus job for students who don’t qualify for Federal Work-Study?

Yes, even if you do not qualify for Federal Work-Study (FWS), you will still have opportunities to obtain an on-campus job. Jobs are listed with the Student Employment Office.

8. Do you offer study abroad?

Absolutely! Explore semester, summer, and faculty-led program options. We also offer an incredibly unique program called Global Scholars, which is a four-year program that begins your first semester freshman year in Sydney, Australia, with three additional international experiences. This includes Creighton’s own campus in the Dominican Republic. 

Transfer Students

1. How do I know if I’m a transfer student?

Transfer students are those who 1) have been out of high school for at least one semester and 2) have completed at least 12 credit hours of college-level coursework. High school students who have taken AP exams or dual credits are not considered transfer students. All transfer students should apply here.

2. Am I considered a transfer student if I previously attended Creighton and want to apply for readmission?

Yes — and whether or not you have taken college courses since last attending Creighton, you will need to reapply as a transfer student. If you have earned college credit elsewhere in the meantime, you will also need to submit any new or recent transcripts from the awarding institution(s) along with your application. You do not, however, need to submit high school transcripts or the counselor evaluation, as these credentials will still be on file.

3. I applied to Creighton as a freshman and was accepted. I attended elsewhere, however. Do I need to reapply as a transfer student now?

Even if you have been previously admitted to Creighton as a freshman student, you will need to reapply as a transfer student now. We will also need your finalized official high school transcripts (when you previously applied, your high school transcripts probably did not include grades from your last semester of high school) as well as your recent college transcripts.

4. Does Creighton have an application deadline for transfer students?

Nope! We admit students on a rolling basis. However, we strongly encourage you to submit your complete application by May 1st if you plan on enrolling for the following fall semester and by December 1st if you plan on enrolling for the spring semester. The earlier you apply, the more options you will have in terms of classes and housing.

5. What is required to complete the application process for transfer students?

 A completed application

 Your official high school transcript including the scale on which you were graded, sent directly from your high school

 All of your official college and/or university transcripts

 ACT or SAT exam scores (writing portions not required)

 A high school counselor evaluation (unless you have been out of school for more than one year)

 A personal statement

 Optional: your resume and letters of recommendation

6. I have been out of high school for more than a year. Do I need to send my high school transcripts along with my application?


7. What is the counselor evaluation?

The counselor evaluation is a form that must be completed by your high school counselor. It assesses you in a variety of areas, such as creative and original thought, academic motivation, initiative, and many others. If you’ve been out of school for more than one year, we’ll waive the evaluation.

8. I no longer have access to my counselor. What should I do?

If you no longer have access to your high school counselor, you may have a college advisor provide the evaluation.

9. I have been out of high school for more than one year. Does my counselor need to submit an evaluation?

Nope! If you’ve been out of school for more than one year, we’ll waive the evaluation.

10. Can I transfer college credit hours to Creighton? If so, how many credits hours can I transfer?

Creighton generally accepts credits from other accredited post-secondary institutions, as long as you earned a C or better in a given course. Generally, the college you apply to — Arts and Sciences, Heider College of Business, or Nursing — determines how each specific course transfers. A course may fulfill specific core requirements or garner elective credit.

The transfer credit evaluation process occurs during the application review process for the Heider College of Business and College of Nursing. The College of Arts and Sciences reviews transfer credits after the student is accepted to Creighton.

11. Do I have to send college transcripts if I don’t think my credit hours will transfer, or don’t want them to?

Yes, you must send all of your post-secondary transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

12. How long does the application review process take?

Once our Admissions Office has received your complete application, including all supplemental materials, the review process takes anywhere from about four to six weeks.

13. Are scholarships and/or financial aid available to transfer students?

Absolutely! Merit-based scholarships (mostly awarded for post-secondary academic performance) are available to transfer students. We automatically consider all transfer students for scholarships, although it should be noted, such scholarships are limited.

Transfer students are also eligible to receive financial aid in the form of need-based grants, federal loans and work-study. In order to be considered, please submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Creighton.

14. What are my housing options?

Freshmen and sophomores, unless from the Omaha metro area, are required to live on campus and are guaranteed Creighton housing As for juniors and seniors, we cannot guarantee housing, and you may have to live off campus. However, there are 540 beds potentially available to you in our two apartment complexes, Davis Square and Opus Hall, and unoccupied freshman and sophomore housing will also be opened up to juniors and seniors.

Find out more about residence life at Creighton here.

15. How do I register for classes?

Once admitted, you must complete your class reservation paperwork (included with your admittance packet), plus make a $250 admissions deposit ($350 if you intend to live on campus). After you make the deposit and class reservation, you will be able to register for classes, assuming that registration for the intended semester has indeed begun. These processes will involve close contact with your Creighton transfer advisor (details below).

16. What does my Creighton transfer counselor do, and how can I contact him or her?

Your transfer advisor is the person from your respective college who will work with you during registration. He/she also completes your transfer credit evaluation. Transfer advisors will discuss how your courses will fit in with your overall academic plan and advise you on course registration the first time you are selecting courses.

Meet our transfer counselors:

  • College of Arts and Sciences: Creighton Assistant Dean, Gerry Kuhlman, available at gkuhlman [at] creighton [dot] edu, or 402.280.4012
  • Heider College of Business: Creighton Assistant Dean, Charisse Williams, available at cwilliams [at] creighton [dot] edu, or 402.280.2344
  • College of Nursing: Creighton Senior Admissions Counselor, Shannon Cox, available at shannoncox [at] creighton [dot] edu, or 402.280.2067 

17. What is Ratio Studiorum 105?

Ratio Studiorum 105, or RSP 105, is a course especially designed to assist transfer students in successfully transitioning into collegiate life at Creighton. The course invites students to “examine key elements of collegiate life, including the meaning and value of a liberal arts education; Creighton’s Jesuit, Catholic history and key Ignatian values; and the vocational aspirations and challenges common to transfer students.”

18. How can I get involved on campus?

Please visit our Student Leadership and Involvement Center to find out how you can get involved with student clubs, organizations, intramural sports teams, and social activities Creighton hosts.

International Students

1. What application do international students need to complete to be considered for admission to Creighton?

All of our applicants, international students included, need to complete just one application, available here.

2. Does Creighton require international applicants to submit proof of English language proficiency?

Yes, all international students must submit an English language proficiency exam. We accept the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo. We may also be able to use other factors, including education, other test options, ESL program completion letters, etc. To see a full list, as well as provision admission options, see our admission requirements.

3. Is financial aid available to international students?

We offer substantial merit-based scholarships to international students, as well as an interest-free payment plan. Find out more about scholarship opportunities and financial aid at Creighton today.

4. Am I required to live on Creighton’s campus?

Yes, all full-time, unmarried, undergraduate students from outside the Omaha metro area are required to live in University residence halls during their first two years at Creighton. Living on campus makes it much easier to make friends and get involved in student activities.

5. Am I required to purchase a University health insurance plan?

Yes, we do require all international students to enroll in a University health insurance plan.

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