Creighton University

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Creighton University
Creighton University Presidential Seal.png
Latin: Universitas Creightoniana
Type Private
Established 1878
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment $448.5 million (2016)[1]
President Fr. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ[2]
Rector Fr. Greg J. O'Meara, SJ[3]
Academic staff
Students 8,435[4]
Undergraduates 4,163
Postgraduates 4,272
Location Omaha, Nebraska, United States
41°15′53″N 95°56′46″W / 41.26472°N 95.94611°W / 41.26472; -95.94611Coordinates: 41°15′53″N 95°56′46″W / 41.26472°N 95.94611°W / 41.26472; -95.94611
Campus Urban – 132 acres (53.4 ha)
Colors Blue      and     white [5]
Nickname Bluejays
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IBig East
Mascot Billy the Bluejay
Creighton University logo.svg

Creighton University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1878, the school is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Creighton is Nebraska's largest private religious university.[6]

Sitting on a 140-acre (57 ha)[7] campus just outside Omaha's downtown business district, the university enrolls 8,435 graduate and undergraduate students.


The university was founded as Creighton College on September 2, 1878, through a gift from Mary Lucretia Creighton, who stipulated in her will that a school be established in memory of her husband, prominent Omaha businessman Edward Creighton. Edward's brother, John A. Creighton, is credited with fostering and sustaining the university's early growth and endowment. In 1958, the college split into a prep school and the present-day Creighton University.[8]


University rankings
Forbes[9] 214
U.S. News & World Report[10] 1
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[11] 3

The schools and colleges at Creighton are:

The College of Arts & Sciences is the largest school, containing about 28% of the university's enrolled students.[12] Creighton’s acceptance rate is 72.7%.[13]


Creighton men's basketball home game, CenturyLink Center Omaha

Creighton competes in NCAA Division I athletics, within the Big East. Nicknamed the Bluejays, Creighton fields 14 teams in eight sports. Bruce Rasmussen is the Director of Athletics.[14]

Greg McDermott is the men's basketball program's head coach. Famous basketball alums include Paul Silas, Benoit Benjamin, Kyle Korver, and Greg's son Doug McDermott, while famous former Bluejay coaches include Eddie Sutton and Willis Reed.

The women's basketball team won the WNIT championship in 2004. They play all home games on campus at D. J. Sokol Arena.

The men's soccer team maintained 17 straight NCAA tournament appearances between 1992 and 2008. During that time, the Bluejays made three College Cup appearances, including one championship game appearance (2000). They play all home games on campus at Morrison Stadium.

Creighton's baseball team has one appearance in the NCAA College World Series (1991). Jim Hendry, the former general manager of the Chicago Cubs, was Creighton's head coach for its 1991 CWS appearance. The program's graduates include Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson.

The women's softball team has had two appearances in the Women's College World Series (1982 and 1986) and has appeared in six of the past eight NCAA Tournaments. Tara Oltman (2007–2010), the best pitcher in MVC history, was a three-time league Pitcher of the Year and finished her career with conference records for wins, innings pitched, starts, appearances, strikeouts, and complete games. She remains the only student-athlete in Bluejay history to earn first-team all-conference honors in four consecutive seasons.


University mall

As of 2015, Creighton's enrollment was 8,435, of whom 4,163 were undergraduates.[15] From Creighton's Class of 2020, 14% count themselves as first-generation college attendees in their families. 26% are students of color, and 56% of the class is female; 82% of the class have taken part in volunteer service.[16]

Student clubs and organizations[edit]

The university has more than 200 student organizations:[17]

St. John's Church, on Creighton's campus

Academic honor societies[edit]

Student government[edit]

  • Creighton Students Union (CSU) is Creighton University's comprehensive student government, consisting of students from each of Creighton University's schools and colleges. CSU has served as the student body's official voice to faculty, staff, and the outside community since 1922. CSU also devotes significant resources to other student organizations, including a large part of its budget dedicated to funding student organizations; its former name was Student Board of Governors.[19]
  • Each school has its own student advising body for academic affairs.
  • Inter Residence Hall Government (IRHG) was formed in 1984 by Steven Conroy and serves as the voice for all students who live on Creighton's campus. IRHG represents all of Creighton's residence halls and sponsors programs and legislative actions.[20]

John P. Schlegel, S.J., Center for Service and Justice[edit]

Law school with downtown in background

The John P. Schlegel, S.J., Center for Service and Justice[21][22] (SCSJ) promotes weekly local community service projects, Fall and Spring Break service trips, student leadership development, and education about contemporary justice issues. The center helped develop the Cortina Community, a sophomore intentional-living community named for Jesuit priest Jon de Cortina.[23]

Performing arts[edit]

  • Several vocal groups exist. The Department of Fine and Performing Arts, within the College of Arts and Sciences, houses a Chamber Choir (selective), Gospel Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and University Chorus. The men's a cappella ensemble is known as the Creightones.
  • The Creighton Dance Company's eclectic repertoire draws on classical ballet, contemporary and modern dance, jazz and musical theatre dance.
  • The Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers undergraduate degrees in Art History, Studio Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, and Musical Theatre.
  • Several theatrical productions are held each year in the University’s Lied Education Center for the Arts.[24]

Student media[edit]

  • The student newspaper The Creightonian, first published in 1924, is now published every Thursday during the school year. Student reporters, editors, photographers, and designers produce the paper, covering campus news, features, sports, entertainment, opinion, and photos. In 2007 and 2008, The Creightonian was named Nebraska's top college newspaper in the Nebraska Press Association contest. Staff members won numerous individual awards. The Creightonian was a finalist for the 2007 and 2010 Pacemaker Award, one of the top awards in college journalism.[25]
  • Creighton's literature and arts publication Shadows has received one of college journalism’s top honors: a 2007 Silver Crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). Shadows, which is published twice a year, selects literary and visual art by Creighton students, faculty, and staff. The magazine is the oldest student organization on campus.[26]


Many organizations allow students to share their common interests.[27] Examples include:

  • Cultural – Hui O Hawaii, International Student Association, Spanish Club
  • Political – NAACP College Chapter, College Republicans, College Democrats
  • Professional – Premedical Society, Predental Society, Fellowship of Christian Law Students, Academy of Student Pharmacists, Business Law Society, International Relations Club
  • Religious – Canisius Society, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, Muslim Student Organization, Rosary Club, the Navigators (formerly Jays for Christ), Knights of Columbus, Student Jewish Organization
  • Service – Alpha Phi Omega, Colleges Against Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, Best Buddies of America
  • Sports – lacrosse, soccer, hockey, cycling, dance, jujitsu, martial arts, rowing, rugby, running, ski & snowboard, ultimate frisbee, volleyball

Notable alumni[edit]

There are more than 68,470 living alumni of Creighton University in 93 countries. Nearly 30 percent live in Nebraska. The largest number of alumni outside the United States reside in Canada, Japan, and Malaysia.[28]

Alumni include Marcia Anderson, the second African-American woman to attain the rank of major general in the United States Army Reserve; Michael P. Anderson, an astronaut killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; Donald Keough, once president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola; J. Joseph Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade and owner of the Chicago Cubs; Mark Walter, founder and chief executive officer of Guggenheim Partners, and part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Symone Sanders, Democratic strategist and spokesperson for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign; Matt Schultz, Republican Iowa Secretary of State and County Attorney for Madison County, Iowa; and several professional athletes, including Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson and professional basketball players Kyle Korver and Doug McDermott.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2015. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2015 to FY 2016" (PDF). Nacubo. 
  2. ^ "TC Alumnus Daniel S. Hendrickson Named President of Creighton University". Teachers College, Columbia University. 2015-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Rev. Greg J. O'Meara, S.J.". Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Campus Updates". Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  5. ^ Creighton Brand Standards (PDF). Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ Largest Colleges in Nebraska (NE). College Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Public Safety – Campus Security Report Fall 2015".
  8. ^ "Creighton Prep: History". Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  9. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. July 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Best Colleges 2017: Regional Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. September 12, 2016. 
  11. ^ "2016 Rankings - National Universities - Masters". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  12. ^ 2015-2016 Creighton University Fact Book. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  13. ^ "Creighton University". U.S. News and World Report. 
  14. ^ "Creighton Announces Conference Change, Jays to Join Big East". Creighton University. 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  15. ^ "Campus Updates". Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  16. ^ "Creighton Class of 2020 a talented, diverse, service-oriented group". Creighton University News Center. Creighton University. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  17. ^ "Creighton University - Student Organizations". Creighton. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  18. ^ "Welcome to Phi Beta Kappa at Creighton University! | Phi Beta Kappa | Creighton University". Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  19. ^ Creighton University :: CSU. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  20. ^ Creighton University :: Inter Residence Hall Government :: Inter Residence Hall Government. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  21. ^ "Schlegel Center for Service and Justice". Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  22. ^ Cole, Kevin (2015-04-19). "Creighton center named for the Rev. John Schlegel to honor his work on social justice". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 2015-07-17. 
  23. ^ "Residential Life and Housing". 
  24. ^ Fine Arts: Fine and Performing Arts. Updated on 06-08-2011.
  25. ^ About Us – The Creightonian: Site. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  26. ^ Creighton News Literary Magazine Shadows Wins Award Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine.. (2007-03-29). Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  27. ^ Creighton University :: Student Activities Student Organizations. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  28. ^ "Graduation outcomes". Archived from the original on 2011-01-30. 

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