Admission of International Students

Required Documents

A complete application consists of the following documents:

  1. A complete application and supplemental materials, which can include either the Common Application or the Creighton application
  2. $40 nonrefundable application fee (waived if submitted online)
  3. Counselor or teacher evaluation/recommendation
  4. English language scores proficiency scores (see below for more details)
  5. Official high school transcripts
  6. Certified translation of all high school transcripts (if in a language other than English)
  7. Official university transcripts, for transfer students
  8. Certified translation of all university transcripts (if in a language other than English)
  9. Certification of Available Finances, including official bank letters, statements of support, and bank statements (Please follow all directions included in the Certification of Available Finances)
  10. Students may be required to present SAT or ACT scores
  11. Certificates, diplomas, or examination results marking completion of secondary education or preparation for higher education (e.g., IB or national exam results)

English Language Proficiency

English language proficiency scores must be submitted if the applicant’s native language is not English or if the applicant has not graduated from a high school where English was the language of instruction. See the chart below for test options and required scores.

Admission Type TOEFL IELTS PTE Academic Duolingo
Unconditional 88 or above (no section below 20) Overall 6.5 (no section below 6.0) 58 or above 110 or above
Bridge 68-87 Overall 6.5 (with one or more sections below 6.0) or overall 6.0 50-57 95-105
Provisional 67 or below Overall 5.5 or below 49 or below 90 or below

English language proficiency exams may be waived if the applicant:

  1. Has completed at least two years of high school for freshman, or one year of college-level coursework for transfer students, or
  2. Has attended high school in one of the following programs or countries: American/English International Schools, IB program, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guam, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Scotland, Trinidad and Tobago, Virgin Islands.

Completion of IELI, or other accredited English language program, may be used for eligibility to our Bridge program. In some instances, applicants may be eligible for unconditional admission with additional documentation.

Please see the Intensive English Language Institute page for more information regarding their programs.

Provisional Admission

Eligible students who have not attained English proficiency may be provisionally admitted, provided that they enroll in Creighton’s Intensive English Language Institute (IELI), or meet the unconditional admission English language proficiency options listed above, until they obtain the required English proficiency level.

Certification of Available Finances

All applicants are required by the U.S. Government to certify that they can provide adequate funding to cover the cost of a U.S. education. Final admission to Creighton University cannot be authorized and an I-20 issued until the Office of Admissions verifies the applicant’s complete Undergraduate Student Certification of Available Finances Form.

Matteo Ricci Scholarships for International Students

Creighton University offers eligible international students Matteo Ricci academic scholarships. Criteria for the awards include excellent academic records and F-1 visa status. Returning students and permanent residents are not eligible to receive the Ricci scholarships. To have their scholarships renewed after their first year, recipients should maintain a pre-determined grade point average and maintain their F-1 visa classification. Applicants interested in competing for these scholarships must submit their complete application for admission on or before March 1st, the priority deadline for Fall Semester admission or before September 1st, the priority deadline for Spring Semester admission.