Honors & Leadership Programs

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For students with remarkable abilities, Creighton offers an extraordinary opportunity: our honors and leadership programs. Designed for students who excel in the classroom and in leadership roles, these programs will help you unlock your potential. You’ll receive personalized support from faculty advisers, optimize your personal and academic growth, and have the opportunity to apply what you know and make a difference.

To be considered for one of these programs, submit 1) your Application for Undergraduate Admission and all required credentials; and 2) the Program Application with all additional required materials to the Admissions Office by Tuesday, January 5​, 2021 at 11:59 PM (in your local time zone). Some programs require an interview. Because of the continuing impacts of COVID-19, 2021 applicants may elect to complete their interview virtually over Zoom, or sign up to attend an in-person interview on campus during select dates. The program applications will be available in the student portal for eligible students beginning November 1, 2020.

You may also find answers to your questions on our FAQ page.

Students are encouraged to apply to all programs they are interested in and eligible for. Applying to multiple programs does not impact the review process or chances of being accepted into a program. However, students are only able to participate in one program.* This is determined via a mutual selection process. A student will be able to rank their program preferences after the application process is complete.

*Creighton Pre-Professional Scholars Program (CPPSP) is the only exception to this. For example, a student may participate in both Honors and CPPSP, but not Honors and FLP.

College of Arts and Sciences Haddix Dean’s Fellows Program

As a Haddix Dean’s Fellow, you’ll develop leadership skills through unique opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. You’ll work closely with the Dean of the College and members of the Dean’s leadership team.

You’ll have access to special funds and grants to support undergraduate research, as well as opportunities for professional development and to study abroad.

Incoming College of Arts and Science students are eligible to apply to the Haddix Dean’s Fellows Program if they meet one of the following criteria:

A minimum 3.8 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
or
A minimum 28 ACT or 1300 SAT (Math + Critical Reading)

Eligibility requirements are assessed on a yearly basis by the program; requirements may change from previous years.

College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program

The Honors Program unites motivated students and top faculty members in a community dedicated to seeking truth, advancing knowledge, and resolving problems. The Program’s small, discussion-oriented classes on interdisciplinary and topical issues energize and engage participants.

The Honors Program provides high-impact learning experiences through unique leadership, study abroad, and grant-supported research opportunities. Through personal mentorship from Honors Program faculty and successful alumni, students craft highly individualized study programs tailored to their individual passions and intellectual curiosities.  Life in the Honors Program extends outside the classroom, with a supportive living-learning community for Honors freshmen and plenty of fun social events for everyone.

Incoming College of Arts and Science students are eligible to apply to the Honors Program if they meet one of the following sets of criteria:

A minimum 3.7 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale and a minimum test score of 30 ACT or 1360 SAT (Math + Critical Reading)
or
A minimum 3.9 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale

Eligibility requirements are assessed on a yearly basis by the program; requirements may change from previous years.

Creighton Pre-Professional Scholars Program (CPPSP)

Creighton University created the country’s most comprehensive, intentional pre-professional advising and guarantee program. The Creighton Pre-Professional Scholars Program (CPPSP) provides qualifying students the opportunity to be a part of our extraordinary guarantee program. The program offerings include dentistry, law, medicine, occupational therapy, and pharmacy. Each CPPSP program requires an application with specific requirements.

Students may participate in CPPSP and one of the other honors and leadership programs. CPPSP is the only program that allows a student to participate in another honors and leadership program in tandem. For example, a student may participate in both FLP and CPPSP, but not Global Scholars and Heider Fellows.

    Freshman Leadership Program

    The Freshman Leadership Program is a nationally recognized program that provides an alternative to regular residence hall life at Creighton University. In addition to living in community at Kiewit Hall, FLP members are enrolled in a course together and serve in the community, complete a leadership portfolio project, and attend other leadership-based events together to develop strong leadership capabilities. To learn more about FLP, review the presentation slides of our January 2018 informational webinar.

    Global Scholars Program

    Creighton’s Global Scholars Program is a four-year, experiential, academic, and professional development program that immerses select Creighton students in rich cultural and academic experiences on campus and around the world. Through a minimum of four international experiences, Global Scholars will learn about and engage with a variety of global issues, including the political, social, economic, natural, and physical issues most relevant to our world today. Upon graduation, Global Scholars will be well-positioned with the skills and experiences necessary to live and work as informed global citizens anywhere in the world.

    Please note: Global Scholars will have at least four international experiences in their four years, beginning with their first semester at the Italy Center in Bologna, Italy.  Additionally, this program has a fee of $7,500 per year. This fee covers the cost of all program-related travel, as well as specialized coursework and guest speakers throughout the four-year program.

    Heider Fellows Program

    The Heider Fellows Program delivers a premier set of experiences designed for a select group of student leaders wishing to incorporate the business environment into everyday student life. It provides students with unique opportunities and challenges to enhance their undergraduate experience in the Heider College of Business. The program fosters a community of high-achieving business leaders, uniquely positioning Heider Fellows for specialized internships and future job placement. Heider Fellows graduate as confident, connected and socially responsible servant leaders. They have the experience and knowledge to guide ethical decision-making in an ever-changing business climate.

    There are two main tracks for Fellows within the Program:

    • Dean’s Fellows: The leadership emphasis for Dean’s Fellows integrates face time with the dean, conversations with top business executives, networking opportunities with Creighton University alumni and tours of Fortune 500 and other top companies.
    • Business Research Fellows: Business Research Fellows link their academic focus with self-directed and advanced research in business, as well as gain special access to faculty, alumni and business leaders.

    The Heider Fellows Program is available to incoming freshmen enrolling in the Heider College of Business and that meet the following criteria:

    A minimum 3.8 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
    or
    A minimum 28 ACT or 1300 SAT (Math + Critical Reading)

    Eligibility requirements are assessed on a yearly basis by the program; requirements may change from previous years.

    Fr. John P. Markoe, S.J. Leadership Program

    The Fr. John P. Markoe, S.J. Leadership Program is a unique 4-year leadership opportunity for students at Creighton University. Admitted students benefit from academic and leadership coaching, community building activities and educational sessions aimed at students’ overall success in college. Fr. John P. Markoe, S.J. Leadership students are selected based on academic achievement, leadership skills and a demonstrated commitment to diversity through extracurricular activities and service.

    Students in the Fr. John P. Markoe, S.J. Leadership Program maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 GPA to remain in the program and on scholarship. After the spring semester, students who have a cumulative GPA below 2.75 will have their scholarship suspended. The scholarship can be reinstated after the student raises their GPA back to a 2.75 or above. The academic performance of students is monitored each semester. To remain in the program and on scholarship, students must also satisfy the program’s leadership requirements. For more information, please contact our Assistant Director for Retention and Leadership, Becky Nickerson at bnickerson [at] creighton [dot] edu or 402-280-2459.