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| Creighton is a fantastic University. Located in downtown Omaha Nebraska, one might think that it's a very rural, poorly equipped university. However it is quite the opposite. Omaha is a flourishing city, with many things to do and many places to go. Downtown Omaha, being only a five minute drive from campus, has a thriving night life and fantastic restaurants, movie theatres, and shopping. Dundee, an area of Omaha on the opposite side of Creighton, is a very fun, well preserved 50's neighbourhood with, like the downtown, a fantastic night life and many fantastic restaurants and shops. |
The University itself is very beautiful. It is well maintained and the students are very respectful of campus. There are many grassy areas where students can spend time in the spring and fall socializing and studying, and in the freezing cold winters, buildings are relatively close to one another (the campus is quite small), and so trudging through miles of snow is usually avoided. Creighton University has a fantastic Pre-Med program, probably one of the best in the country, offering pre-med for every major as well as a pre-medicine seminar that prepares students to being competitive medical school applicants. Business is highly regarded at Creighton behind medicine, and there are also many opportunities for law. For many, the strength of the medical, business, and law schools discourages them from applying for more liberal-art majors or programs, which it shouldn't - although lacking in the photography department, Creighton is also well known for its dance and theatre programs.
In terms of extracurricular activity, Creighton is top notch. Greek life is very prominent on campus, and frat parties are not hard to find (although all are off campus: there are no on campus fraternity houses). There are many fantastic, well funded and administered clubs and organizations on campus, and any student will be able to find at least one that interests him or her.
Students are very friendly, as are teachers. Although classes, as they can be in every university, can be difficult, teachers are always willing to help students either in class or one on one (teachers mostly always have very convenient office hours, or will meet up with students if scheduled). Except for a couple of very minor issues, the only problem with Creighton University is the pricing. In state tuition is upwards of $30,000, and out of state tuition is upwards of $40,000 (including room and board). This is something one should consider, and something that I know has deterred many students from attendance. However, if one is willing to make the investment, Creighton's resources and prestige make up for the price excellently.
|Sep 03 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| Without doubt, Creighton University provided me with the foundation for success. The subtle yet effective coupling of academia with ethics, higher order thinking and the Ignatian values of truth and service proved to be invaluable to me. This foundation has made all the difference in my corporate career as well as in my personal life. A student need not be Catholic nor conservative to gain great value from Creighton education. All world views are valued and respected on campus, particularly in the graduate schools. I would be happy to speak with any student considering Creighton for undergrad or graduate school. BA '92, MS '12 |
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|Aug 11 2012|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| First and foremost, Creighton is not a university for everyone and it definitely has its pros and cons, just like every other school in the nation. Because it is a private Catholic school the student body is rather homogeneous (white, midwestern, upper-middle class, Catholic). The vast majority of the students, however, are very friendly and overall great people. I think the same could be said for the faculty and staff. |
Before I dive into the academics, I'll comment on the social life here. Omaha itself is not a bad city. It's not the greatest city either. If you are an outdoorsy type person who likes to go hiking, biking, kayaking, etc. you will be sorely disappointed with Omaha. However, if you enjoy a good bar/restaurant scene and are a college sports fan, Omaha is great. The arts and music scene are also undervalued. With regards to Creighton itself, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with here. Intramural sports are especially popular. Creighton is a greek campus, which I am not really a fan of personally. I feel like it sort of divides the social atmosphere of the campus in half, which is very unfortunate.
As for the academics, I believe they are top notch in some academic disciplines and lacking in others. As far as the more popular premed majors go such as biology and chemistry, they are both very strong. The faculty are great in these departments and so are the students. I felt like I was adequately challenged and prepared for med school (I was accepted to 3+ med schools after graduation). Some people complain about how Creighton tries to weed students out of the premed path early and how it is very competitive amongst the students. I did not see that AT ALL. The premed students that I came into contact with were all super friendly and generally quite down to earth. I guarantee you that if you go to any other college and do premed you will not find it to be any "easier" and/or less "cut throat." The premed curriculum and courses are not easy, that much is definitely true. But Creighton does not actively try to give premeds bad grades. In fact, I would argue that the opposite is true in my experiences and that professors tried to give students the best possible chance to get a good grade. I believe that people who can't handle the curriculum here are simply not cut out to be doctors/dentists/etc. Either they don't have the intellect or they don't have the work ethic (it's usually the latter). Not everyone gets a blue ribbon in the game of life. Not everyone can get into med/dental school. It's simply not easy. Sorry about that rant there, I just felt it was necessary to educate people about this concept. Moving on... the academics outside of my major (biology) were great overall. Of course there were a few classes here and there that had poor professors, but the number of good to excellent professors in other classes made up for this fact.
Lastly, the campus itself is not the best ever. It has an odd linear layout with a smattering of different architecture styles. However, the campus is very well maintained and feels almost like a botanical garden in the spring/summer. If I could change this campus for the better, I would add more green space in the form of quads and add some entertainment/restaurants/shops near campus. You basically need to have a car to get around Omaha, which is disappointing. The campus does continue to expand under the vision of our president and is slowly becoming larger and more beautiful as a result. Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Creighton and would recommend it to those seriously considering a prehealth profession.
|Jun 14 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2012 |