Admission Requirements

Admission to undergraduate standing in Creighton as a freshman or as a transfer student may be achieved as indicated below:

  1. As a freshman on the basis of:
    1. Completed application for admission.
    2. Certificate of graduation from an accredited high school including:
      1. Record of subjects and grades indicating academic potential for college success;
      2. Personal recommendation from high school counselor.
      3. Note: Home schooled students are encouraged to apply for admission and must provide documentation that required high school coursework has been satisfactorily completed.
    3. Satisfactory ACT or SAT scores.
    4. Personal statement.
  2. As a transfer student on the basis of both the high school transcript and a transcript of a satisfactory record from a regionally accredited college or university. See regulations under Admission of Transfer Students. (ACT or SAT scores are ordinarily not required of transfer students who have completed one year of college or 24 semester hours of credit).

An accredited high school is a school accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, or the equivalent regional standardizing body, or any school approved by the recognized accrediting agency in its state.

Subject Requirements

The high school graduate applying for admission to college is expected:

  1. To be able to write and speak correct, grammatical English.
  2. To have completed in an approved high school, the recommended subject requirements shown below.

Strict adherence to the pattern of subject requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Committee on Admissions if the other criteria qualify the applicant.

High-School Subject Pattern

Subject Minimum Required: Units Highly Recommended: Units
English44
Algebra11
Other Mathematics23
Foreign Language23
Natural Science23
Social Science24
Electives33
Totals1621

A unit represents a year’s study in any secondary school subject, covering an academic year of at least 36 weeks.

Additional Requirements for College of Nursing

High school graduates who are first-time freshmen as well as transfer students wishing to pursue the traditional program of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing apply to the Undergraduate Admissions Office of the University. Besides the Subject Requirements listed previously, freshman applicants to the College of Nursing must have completed one unit of Chemistry.

Graduates of diploma or associate degree programs in nursing or students already holding a bachelor’s degree in another field refer to the admission requirements. Additional information may be obtained from the office of the Dean, College of Nursing.

Admission Procedures

  1. Applications can be requested from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or electronically at admissons.creighton.edu or on the Common Application at www.commonapp.org.
  2. Application may be made any time after completion of the junior year in high school, but not later than one month prior to the opening of a term, although the earlier the better. The University reserves the right to return applications for admission prior to the deadline if space for additional students is not available.
  3. A non-refundable $40 fee is required for filing a paper application. There is no fee for the online application.
  4. An official high school transcript should be sent directly to the Director of Undergraduate Admissions. A Creighton recommendation form must also be completed by your high school guidance counselor. Upon submission, these credentials become the property of Creighton University and will not be returned.
  5. Applicants must submit a personal statement. Suggested topics for this are listed on the application.
  6. A resume of activities is required if an applicant wishes to be considered for Supplemental Scholarships.
  7. Admission into one of Creighton’s undergraduate colleges is a highly individualized process that utilizes national standardized test scores in addition to a comprehensive review of high school performance, extracurricular activities and recommendations.

Toward this purpose we will consider as one factor either the American College Testing Program (ACT) Assessment or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Assessment in the review process. Students may apply for admission as soon as they complete their junior year in high school and may apply before the submission of either the ACT or the SAT report.

The ACT or SAT Assessment is used for admission, scholarship, placement, counseling, and for statistical purposes.

When all credentials required through the admissions application have been received, they will be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions. As soon as action has been taken, the applicant will be informed of the decision in writing along with information pertinent to residence hall facilities, registration procedures, and other requirements.

ACT/SAT Assessment Program

Students planning to enter Creighton University as freshmen are required to take the ACT Assessment provided by the American College Testing Program or the SAT Assessment provided by the College Board.

The ACT Assessment, designed for college-bound students, consists of a Student Profile Section, an Interest Inventory, and four academic tests covering the subject areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning and a test of writing skills. The tests assess general educational development and the ability to perform college-level work. Results of the ACT Assessment are used at Creighton for course placement, advising and counseling, scholarship awards, and admissions and research purposes.

The ACT Assessment is administered annually on up to five national testing dates at test centers throughout the country and overseas. Students planning to enter Creighton University should arrange to take the ACT Assessment and direct that their ACT score report be sent to Creighton. The SAT Assessment is administered annually on up to six national test dates.  High-school students may obtain full information from their counselor about the ACT or SAT Assessment, the location of test centers, dates, and how to register for either test.