Creighton University

Creighton University
Latin: Universitas Creightoniana
Motto Willing to Lead
Type Private
Established 1878
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment $449.4 million (2015)[1]
President Daniel S. Hendrickson[2]
Rector Greg J. O'Meara[3]
Academic staff
Total: 960
(734 full-time / 226 part-time)
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]
Athletics NCAA Division IBig East
Nickname Bluejays
Mascot Billy the Bluejay
Affiliations AJCU

Creighton University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university located 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 the largest private religious university in Nebraska.[6]

Sitting on a 140-acre (57 ha)[7] campus just outside Omaha's downtown business district, the university enrolls about 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]


Main article: Creighton Bluejays
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 current 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.

In addition, 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 two appearances in the Women's College World Series (1982 & 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.


As of 2015, Creighton's total enrollment was 8,435, of which 4,163 were undergraduates.[15] 14% of Creighton's Class of 2020 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 has participated in volunteer service of some kind.[16]

Student clubs and organizations

The university has more than 200 student organizations in various fields of interest:[17]

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

Academic honor societies

Student government

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

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, an intentional living sophomore community named for Jesuit priest Jon de Cortina.[23]

Performing arts

Student media

Common interest

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

Notable alumni

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 that live 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, former 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 the chief executive officer of Guggenheim Partners, and part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Symone Sanders, Democratic strategist and former spokesperson for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign; Matt Schultz, former Republican Iowa Secretary of State and current 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


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