Creighton University (//) is a private research university in Omaha, Nebraska. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1878, the university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In 2015 the university enrolled 8,393 graduate and undergraduate students on a 140-acre (57 ha) campus just outside of downtown Omaha. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". It comprises nine undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools and colleges, including a law school, medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, nursing school, and business school. The university operates the Creighton University Medical Center. It has a second campus focused on health sciences located in Phoenix, Arizona.
|Latin: Universitas Creightoniana|
|Creighton College (1878–1958)|
|Type||Private research university|
|Established||September 2, 1878|
|Roman Catholic (Jesuit)|
|Endowment||$731 million (2021)|
|President||Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J.|
|Provost||Mardell A. Wilson|
|686 Full-time and 333 Part-time|
|Campus||Large City, 132 acres (53.4 ha)|
|NCAA Division I – Big East|
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. The college began with 120 students, taught by five Jesuits and two lay teachers. Edward's brother, John A. Creighton, is credited with fostering and sustaining the university's early growth and endowment. In 1878, the College of Arts and Sciences was established, and remains the largest college today. Shortly after, in 1885, the Creighton University Observatory was built on campus.  Women were first admitted in 1913. In 1958, the college split into Creighton Preparatory Schools and Creighton University.
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The schools and colleges at Creighton are:
- College of Arts & Sciences
- Heider College of Business (formerly known as the College of Business Administration)
- College of Nursing
- School of Dentistry
- School of Medicine
- School of Pharmacy & Health Professions
- School of Law
- Graduate School
- College of Professional Studies
In 2018, the university announced a Phoenix Health Sciences Campus, which opened in 2021.
Notable basketball players at the university were Paul Silas, Benoit Benjamin, Kyle Korver, and coach Greg McDermott's son Doug McDermott, while popular Bluejays coaches included Eddie Sutton, Willis Reed, and Dana Altman.
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). It plays home games on campus at Morrison Stadium.
Creighton's baseball team has one appearance in the 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 appeared in six of 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 Bluejays history to earn first-team all-conference honors in four consecutive seasons.
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As of 2015[update], Creighton's enrollment was 8,435, of whom 4,163 were undergraduates. 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.
Student clubs and organizations edit
The university has more than 200 student organizations:
Residence halls 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, founded in 1922.
- Inter Residence Hall Government (IRHG) was formed in 1984 to represent Creighton's residence halls.
John P. Schlegel, S.J. Center for Service and Justice edit
The John P. Schlegel, S.J. Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ) promotes service projects and education about justice. The center helped develop the Cortina Community, a sophomore intentional-living community named for Jesuit priest Jon de Cortina.
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 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.
Student media edit
- The student newspaper is called The Creightonian. It was a finalist for the 2007 and 2010 Pacemaker Award for college journalism.
- Shadows is Creighton's literature and arts publication.
Notable alumni edit
There are more than 68,470 alumni of Creighton University living in 93 countries. Nearly 30 percent live in Nebraska. The largest number of alumni outside the United States reside in Canada, Japan, and Malaysia.
- Marcia Anderson, the first 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
- Mary Nicholas Arnoldy, mathematician
- Bob Gibson, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher
- Ron Hansen, novelist
- Cathy Hughes, second wealthiest African American woman as of 2018[update];
- Mike Johanns, former Governor of Nebraska, former United States Senator, and former United States Secretary of Agriculture
- Donald Keough, chief operating officer of Coca-Cola
- Kyle Korver, basketball player
- Doug McDermott, basketball player
- John W. Pehle, director of the War Refugee Board
- Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade and owner of the Chicago Cubs
- Symone Sanders, spokesperson for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign
- J. Clay Smith Jr., dean of Howard University School of Law
- Anthony Tolliver, basketball player
- Mark Walter, founder and chief executive officer of Guggenheim Partners, and part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Theodore Wheeler, novelist
Notable faculty edit
- Raymond J. Bishop
- Virgil Blum
- Patrick Borchers
- Raymond A. Bucko
- Judith M. Burnfield
- John Calvert
- Edward P. J. Corbett
- Frank Crawford
- Blase J. Cupich
- Ross Horning
- Henry T. Lynch
- D. S. Malik
- Francis I. McKenna
- R. R. Reno
- Joseph F. Rigge
- William J. Riley
- Robert F. Rossiter Jr.
- Roger Lawrence Schwietz
- Hugh Sidey
- Constantine Joseph Smyth
- William O. Stephens
- Lyle Elmer Strom
- LaNada War Jack
See also edit
- As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY20 to FY 21 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2022. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
- "TC Alumnus Daniel S. Hendrickson Named President of Creighton University". Teachers College, Columbia University. February 9, 2015.
- "Office of the Provost". Creighton University. Retrieved May 26, 2022.
- "Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ". Archived from the original on September 26, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
- "College Navigator - Creighton University". nces.ed.gov.
- Safety_Report.pdf "Public Safety – Campus Security Report Fall 2015"[permanent dead link]. Creighton.edu.
- "Creighton Prep: History". creightonprep.creighton.edu. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
- "Forbes America's Top Colleges List 2023". Forbes. Retrieved September 22, 2023.
- "Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2022". The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. Retrieved July 26, 2022.
- "2023-2024 Best National Universities". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 22, 2023.
- "2022 National University Rankings". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
- 2015-2016 Creighton University Fact Book. Creighton.edu. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
- "Creighton University". U.S. News & World Report.
- writer, Rick Ruggles World-Herald staff (September 19, 2018). "Creighton University plans nearly $100 million project in Phoenix". Omaha.com.
- "College Scorecard: Creighton University". United States Department of Education. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
- "Campus Updates". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- "Creighton Class of 2020 a talented, diverse, service-oriented group". Creighton University News Center. Creighton University. Archived from the original on August 28, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
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- "The Future of Living at Creighton" – Creighton University
- Creighton University :: CSU. Creighton.edu. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- Creighton University :: Inter Residence Hall Government :: Inter Residence Hall Government Archived August 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Creighton.edu. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- "Schlegel Center for Service and Justice". www.creighton.edu. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
- Cole, Kevin (April 19, 2015). "Creighton center named for the Rev. John Schlegel to honor his work on social justice". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
- "Residential Life and Housing". Creighton.edu. Archived from the original on April 23, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
- Fine Arts: Fine and Performing Arts. Creighton.edu. Updated on August 6, 2011.
- "2010 Newspaper Pacemaker Winners". Associated Collegiate Press. 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2023.
- "Graduation outcomes". Creighton.edu. Archived from the original on January 30, 2011.
- columnist, Michael Kelly World-Herald (May 6, 2018). "Kelly: Omaha native Cathy Hughes, the second-richest black woman in U.S., is 'thrilled' to come home". Omaha.com.