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Creighton University
Creighton University seal.svg
Latin: Universitas Creightoniana
Type Private
Coeducational
Established 1878
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment $448.5 million (2016)[1]
President Daniel S. Hendrickson[2]
Rector Greg J. O'Meara[3]
Academic staff
960
Students 8,393[4]
Undergraduates 4,204
Postgraduates 4,189
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
Website creighton.edu
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.

Sitting on a 140-acre (57 ha)[6] campus just outside Omaha's downtown business district, the university enrolls 8,393 graduate and undergraduate students.

History[edit]

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.[7]

Academics[edit]

University rankings
National
Forbes[8] 190
Regional
U.S. News & World Report[9] 1
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[10] 16

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.[11] Creighton’s acceptance rate is 72.7%.[12]

Athletics[edit]

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.[13]

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, Willis Reed, and Dana Altman.

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.

Demographics[edit]

University mall

As of 2015, Creighton's enrollment was 8,435, of whom 4,163 were undergraduates.[14] 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.[15]

Student clubs and organizations[edit]

The university has more than 200 student organizations:[16]

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.[18]
  • 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.[19]

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[20][21] (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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]
  • 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.[25]

Clubs[edit]

Many organizations allow students to share their common interests.[26] 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.[27]

Alumni include 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; 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; Mike Johanns, former Governor of Nebraska, former United States Senator, and former United States Secretary of Agriculture; Cathy Hughes, first African American woman to head a publicly traded corporation (Urban One) and currently second wealthiest African American woman[28]; J. Clay Smith Jr., former interim head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and former dean of Howard University School of Law; and several professional athletes, including Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson and professional basketball players Kyle Korver, Anthony Tolliver, and Doug McDermott.

See also[edit]

10 of the Easiest Classes at Creighton University

References[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. February 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rev. Greg J. O'Meara, S.J." Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Year in Review". Retrieved April 21, 2018. 
  5. ^ Creighton Brand Standards (PDF). Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Public Safety – Campus Security Report Fall 2015". Creighton.edu.
  7. ^ "Creighton Prep: History". creightonprep.creighton.edu. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  8. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. July 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Best Colleges 2017: Regional Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. September 12, 2016. 
  10. ^ "2016 Rankings - National Universities - Masters". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ 2015-2016 Creighton University Fact Book. Creighton.edu. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  12. ^ "Creighton University". U.S. News and World Report. 
  13. ^ "Creighton Announces Conference Change, Jays to Join Big East". Creighton University. 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Campus Updates". Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Creighton Class of 2020 a talented, diverse, service-oriented group". Creighton University News Center. Creighton University. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Creighton University - Student Organizations". Creighton.edu. Creighton. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Welcome to Phi Beta Kappa at Creighton University! | Phi Beta Kappa | Creighton University". www.creighton.edu. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  18. ^ Creighton University :: CSU. Creighton.edu. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  19. ^ Creighton University :: Inter Residence Hall Government :: Inter Residence Hall Government. Creighton.edu. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  20. ^ "Schlegel Center for Service and Justice". www.creighton.edu. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ "Residential Life and Housing". Creighton.edu. 
  23. ^ Fine Arts: Fine and Performing Arts. Creighton.edu. Updated on August 6, 2011.
  24. ^ About Us – The Creightonian: Site. Creightonian.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  25. ^ Creighton News Literary Magazine Shadows Wins Award Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Creighton.edu (March 29, 2007). Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  26. ^ Creighton University :: Student Activities Student Organizations. Creighton.edu. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  27. ^ "Graduation outcomes". Creighton.edu. Archived from the original on January 30, 2011. 
  28. ^ http://www.omaha.com/columnists/kelly/kelly-omaha-native-cathy-hughes-the-nd-richest-black-woman/article_5c6359bd-9ca1-529f-86a4-5b9dd74b9669.html

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