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 your application to the Admissions Office by January 6, 2017. To learn more about the Freshman Leadership Program and Cortina Community, listen to a recording of our online chat held January 30, 2017.

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. For answers to common questions about FLP and Cortina Community listen to a recording of our February 2016 online special programs chat!

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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:

  • Email: bnickerson [at] creighton [dot] edu
  • Phone: 402.280.2459

College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program

The goal of the Honors Program is to foster a community of students and faculty members who are committed to seeking truth and advancing knowledge. The Program brings together talented, imaginative students in small, discussion-oriented classes and courses on interdisciplinary and topical issues.

It provides students with special opportunities and challenges to enhance their undergraduate experience and to contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the university. The Honors Program also offers eligible students the opportunity to pursue a course of study that complements her or his major. Life in the Honors Program extends outside the classroom with its own freshman residential floor in Swanson Hall.

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College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Fellows Program

As a 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 aboard.

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Heider College of Business Anna Tyler Waite Leadership Scholars Program

The Anna Tyler Waite Leadership Program is a four-year program that offers undergraduate students in the College of Business the opportunity to study leadership and practice being leaders in the college setting. Over the course of their four years at Creighton University, Anna Tyler Waite Leadership Program participants will engage in a series of extracurricular activities that will explore the philosophies and actions of leaders in many circumstances. 

These activities will offer a series of learning opportunities that will develop the values and skills needed to lead effectively in a socially responsible environment.

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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.

Recently enhanced, 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 meet the following criteria: a minimum of 3.7 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale and a minimum ACT test score of 27 or SAT test score of 1210-1240 (Math + Critical Reading).

In addition to the Heider Fellows Program Application, applicants are required to complete an interview. All eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Heider College of Business Interview Day on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

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The Cortina Community

The Cortina Community is an academic, service-based learning community for incoming freshmen. Weekly community discussions and service, coupled with retreats, immersions, speakers, and more, facilitate an understanding of the self in relation to a call to do justice in the context of community. In addition, freshmen in Cortina take two Core Curriculum classes together, ENG 155: Cortina Composition and HIS 171: Waging Peace in the Twentieth Century, to further expand and apply what they have learned. Cortina freshmen can live in any of our residence halls that house first year students—Kiewit, Deglman, Gallagher, or Swanson. To learn more about this program, check out their latest video. For answers to common questions about the Cortina Community or Freshman Leadership Program listen to a recording of our February 2016 online special programs chat!

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