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 Additional Scholarship Application with all additional required materials to the Admissions Office by Sunday, January 5​, 2020 at 11:59 PM (in your local time zone). The program applications will be available in the student portal for eligible students beginning November 1, 2019.

You may also find answers to your questions by rewatching our December 2018 online webinar or reviewing the slides. You can also check out 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.

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.

The Dean’s Fellows Program is available to incoming freshmen enrolling in the College of Arts & Sciences and that 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 1260 (Math + Critical Reading).

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.

The Honors Program is available to incoming freshmen enrolling in the College of Arts & Sciences and that meet the following criteria: a minimum of 3.7 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale and a minimum ACT test score of 29 or SAT test score of 1330 (Math + Critical Reading).

    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 University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia.  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 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.

    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 that 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 1260 (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 Sunday, January 26, 2020.

    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.