Admission of Freshman Applicants

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 (optional)
    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 optional for transfer students).

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
English 4 4
Algebra 1 1
Other Mathematics 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Natural Science 2 3
Social Science 2 4
Electives 3 3
Totals 16 21

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.

Admission Procedures

  1. Applications can be requested from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or electronically at or on the Common Application at
  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 additional Scholarships.
  7. Admission into one of Creighton’s undergraduate colleges is a highly individualized process that utilizes national standardized test scores (if provided) 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 for students who elect to have them considered. Applying test optional has no bearing on a students eligibility for admission or merit scholarship.

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.