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Creighton University
Creighton University seal
Latin: Universitas Creightoniana
Motto Willing to Lead
Established 1878
Type private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment $284 million[1]
President John P. Schlegel, S.J.
Faculty 886
Students 7,385 [2]
Undergraduates 4,133
Postgraduates 3,252
Location Omaha, Nebraska
Campus 130 acres
Colors Blue & White
Nickname Bluejays
Mascot Billy the Bluejay

Coordinates: 41°15′53.22″N 95°56′59.40″W / 41.2647833°N 95.949833°W / 41.2647833; -95.949833 Creighton University is a Catholic Jesuit university located in Omaha, Nebraska. The university was founded as Creighton College in 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.

Sitting on a 130-acre (0.53 km2) campus just outside Omaha's downtown business district, the university currently enrolls about 7,385 students. Creighton is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.



Creighton is consistently ranked 1st in the best universities-master's category, in the Midwestern Region, according to U.S. News & World Report. Creighton is also consistently ranked one of the best universities in the country, according to The Princeton Review. In 2006, PC Magazine and The Princeton Review ranked Creighton as the 5th most "wired" university in the country.[1] According to U.S. News & World Report, Creighton's School of Law program of Dispute Resolution has climbed to the rank of 12th in the nation.[2] Furthermore, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Creighton's School of Pharmacy and Health Professions 19th in the country for Best Graduate Schools in Physical Therapy.[3]

The current schools and colleges at Creighton are:


Creighton competes in NCAA Division I athletics, within the Missouri Valley Conference. Nicknamed the Bluejays (or Jays), Creighton fields 14 teams in eight sports.

The men's basketball team is the most popular athletic program at Creighton. They are one of six NCAA Division I teams to have 20 or more wins in each of the last eleven seasons. The Creighton Bluejays men's basketball team averages the highest attendance in the Missouri Valley Conference. During the 2008-2009 season, Creighton's average home game attendance ranked 12th in the nation. They play all home games at Qwest Center Omaha. They are coached by Dana Altman. In addition, the women's basketball team won the WNIT championship in 2004. They play all home games on campus at the new D.J. Sokol Arena.

The men's soccer team maintained an impressive stream of 17 straight NCAA tournament appearances, between 1992 and 2009. 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), which is played in Omaha's Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. Creighton also serves as the annual host institution of this event. In addition, the women's softball team has two appearances in the Women's College World Series (1982 & 1986).


Creighton's total enrollment is 7,385, of which 4,133 are undergraduates. In regard to diversity, 83% are white, 8% are Asian, 3% are Hispanic, 3% are black, 1% are native American, and 1% are international; about 40% are male and 60% are female.

Notable Guests and Alumni

The various colleges of the university have hosted a variety of guest speakers, such as Warren Buffett, Joe Moglia, Bill Rancic, Ralph Nader, Tim Russert, Mo Rocca, Peter Hans Kolvenbach, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito, along with other various ambassadors and dignitaries.

There are more than 100,000 living alumni of Creighton University. Famous alumni include the founder of TD Ameritrade and owner of the Chicago Cubs, the former president and chief operating officer of Coca Cola, a former co-anchor of Weekend Today, an astronaut who was killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster, and several professional athletes, including a Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher.

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