COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Get the most up-to-date answers during this unprecedented time.

Campus Visits & Events

Can I visit campus?

We are delighted to announce that we have begun phasing in personalized on-campus visitsYou can register for a on-campus visit here.

Because we take the health and safety of our students, staff and visitors very seriously, we are requiring all of our visitors to follow our specific safety protocol, which includes completing a screening survey will need to be submitted at least 24 hours before your visit. Because of this requirement, we are not able to accept walk-in visitors.

Upon arriving on campus, you (and everyone visiting with you) will be required to complete a temperature screening, answer a short questionnaire, wear a cloth face covering (we will provide disposable face coverings, if needed) and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Please note that campus is much quieter than usual, since Admissions is one of the first offices back on campus, and the vast majority of students and faculty are not on campus. After classes begin on August 17, there will be more activity on campus.

We are happy to offer live virtual visits during this time, which include a video meeting with an admissions counselor, a virtual tour of campus, and a video meeting with current Creighton students. You can register for a virtual campus visit here.

Any questions regarding undergraduate events or visits can be directed to 402-280-2703 or admissions [at] creighton [dot] edu.

What does a virtual visit consist of?

You have two options: a one-on-one visit or an information session.

The one-on-one visit begins with an individual video meeting with an admissions counselor, which lasts 45 minutes. Then you’ll have a video meeting with current Creighton students. They will provide a virtual tour of campus, and then have time for Q&A. The tour will likely include other prospective students as well.

The information session begins with a 45-minute presentation by an admissions counselor, which is attended by other prospective students as well. Then, you and the other prospective students will have a video meeting with current Creighton students. They will provide a virtual tour of campus, and then have time for Q&A.

Can I still talk to a professor or advisor about some questions I have about my intended major? 

Creighton’s faculty and staff are committed to providing ongoing support to prospective students. We are happy to schedule a virtual appointment for you with a professor or advisor to answer any questions you might have regarding programs of study, admission requirements, application questions, etc. You can schedule a virtual appointment here.

Because we are still transitioning back to campus, in-person appointments with departments/programs are not available at this time. However, we are happy to arrange these additional meetings virtually on another date. 

What are Creighton University’s plans for the fall semester?

Creighton University is planning to reopen campus and return to in-person courses for the fall semester. Because of concerns about a second wave of the virus during the traditional beginning of the flu season in late November or December, we are planning to both start and complete most in-person, on-campus learning earlier than in previous years.

In order to provide students with the same amount of instruction time, we plan to begin the semester early and forgo fall break. Fall semester classes will begin on August 17. The last day of classes will be November 17; final semester exams will begin November 19 and conclude at noon on November 25. There will be one break in the semester, for Labor Day, on September 7.

Due to the change in class start date, and to maintain appropriate social distancing guidelines, the move-in process for Fall 2020 has been amended. We will spread out move-in dates over multiple days and make other adjustments to lessen issues related to large gatherings as students move into the residence halls. Freshman students will be assigned a move-in time August 12-15. Please click here to learn more.

For more information on how we are keeping the Creighton community safe, please see the measures we are taking in this COVID-19 care overview.


Deposit Deadline, Admissions Decisions & Scholarships

What is the deadline to submit my deposit?

We understand that this time of year is incredibly important as you are making your college decision, and the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted many students’ abilities to travel and visit campuses. While our extended June 1 deadline has passed, we will work with any students who are interested in attending Creighton University in the fall on an individual basis. We know that this year has been challenging for students in many ways; we are understanding of the various factors that can change plans or delay a decision.

Simply contact your admissions counselor to discuss your next steps. 

We have also lowered the tuition deposit lowered the amount of the deposit to $400 (with $300 going toward tuition and $100 as a housing deposit for those living on campus), in an attempt to make the decision to come to Creighton even a little bit easier.

How will the June 1 deposit extension impact housing placement? Will there be a preference for housing if a student deposits by May 1 vs. June 1?

No preference is provided for residence hall placement, but access to the student portal choose.creighton.edu/status for finding a roommate is available once you have made your class reservation and housing deposit. The roommate matching portal will be open from May 1 through June 20. We are continuing to monitor the developing situation and will make decisions with our incoming students’ best interest in mind.

How will the June 1 deposit extension impact the roommate search portal option for students?

Housing assignments have typically been shared in the second week of July. The roommate matching portal will be open from May 1 through June 20. We are continuing to monitor the developing situation and will make decisions with our incoming students’ best interest in mind. We will still offer the same options to students when the time is appropriate.

With the class reservation deadline being moved back to June 1, is my scholarship offer also good up until that time?

Yes, your admission decision, scholarship, and any need-based aid offered in your financial aid package will be honored until June 1.

Can I still make my class reservation deposit?

Yes. To make your class reservation deposit simply go to choose.creighton.edu/status and follow the prompts to complete the class deposit and housing application process. Make your deposit with a credit card or e-check and select either: living on campus ($400) or living at home ($300; only applicable students who live in Omaha).


Immunizations

How will immunization records be reviewed? With the influx of people visiting healthcare providers, are we more flexible with our deadlines?

Student Health Education and Compliance has changed the deadline for immunizations to be reviewed to August 1.


Completing Your Senior Year

If my high school graduation is delayed or my school closes, what steps do I need to take to enroll at Creighton?

Creighton is closely monitoring school decisions around the country.  We will allow students in the process of completing high school courses over the summer to take the necessary steps to enroll at Creighton in the fall.  This includes registering for classes, being placed in University housing, and attending orientation programs.  We will work with you and your high school on any circumstances that are out of the student’s control. This includes obtaining final high school transcripts from your high school.

My high school year has been extended to make up for lost instruction days. Does this affect my admission decision?

Your Creighton admissions decision will not be affected by lost instruction days.  Your admissions decision is contingent on your completion of a minimum high school curriculum.  If cancellations are beyond the student’s control, we will work individually with you and your high school.

Is Creighton still accepting applications?  If so, how soon will I learn of my admission decision?

Yes, you can apply free via our online application here.  Once your application file is complete, you should expect an admission decision in 2-4 weeks. Students will still be considered for merit scholarships along with their application for admission.

What if my school decides to change the grading scale in my last semester to pass or fail grades, and does not award A-F grades? Will this affect my admission and scholarships?

We understand that some high schools may have to make adjustments in grading practices. These changes will not affect your admission or scholarships that are already given. We will review your transcripts when you submit final grades to determine if we need any additional information from you about these changes or about your final grades.

What should I do if our graduation date has been moved to July or August, and I worry about getting to campus in time for orientation and classes to begin?

Please let us know as soon as you can about these changes. We will do what we can to plan around these changes and make sure that you are able to join us in the fall semester to the best of our ability.

What should I do if I am unable to take final exams for my curriculum prior to the start of the fall term, including IB, AP, A-Levels, or national curriculum exams?

Please let us know if you are facing these challenges. We will work with you on an individual basis to see if you can continue to join us in August as planned, or if we need to work on an alternate schedule.

What if I am unable to take my ACT or SAT test due to cancelled test dates?

Please contact your admissions counselor to discuss your individual circumstances.

Are you accepting AP/IB exams for credit, given the new format?

The new testing format for AP, IB, and other exams does not change our outlined policy for accepting these scores.


Class of 2021 and Beyond

What if my school decides to change the grading scale for this semester to pass or fail grades, and does not award A-F grades? Will this affect my admission and scholarships?

We understand that some high schools may have to make adjustments in grading practices. These changes will not affect your eligibility for admission or scholarships when it comes time for you to apply to Creighton. We will review your transcripts when you submit your application for admission to determine if we need any additional information from you.

Are you accepting AP/IB exams for credit, given the new format?

The new testing format for AP, IB, and other exams does not change our outlined policy for accepting these scores.

I was planning on taking the ACT or SAT test this spring, but wasn’t able to due to cancelled test dates. How will that affect my application for admission and scholarships?

Creighton’s Office of Undergraduate Admission does a holistic review of an applicant’s file.  Our committee is looking for your ability to be successful at Creighton.  We determine this by reviewing your high school record, including grades and rigor of your curriculum.  We also look at extracurricular activities, service, and leadership.  Standardized tests are considered, as well.  For students who are able to take the ACT or SAT, we encourage you to consider if it accurately reflects your academic ability.  If not, or if you are unable to take a standardized test, you may elect to apply test-optional.

What is Creighton’s policy on retaking individual sections of the ACT? Will those scores be accepted?

We are taking this information under review, and will announce an official decision in the coming weeks. 


Transfer Students

I am a prospective transfer student - where do I send my transcript? 

If you are unable to obtain an official transcript at this time, please contact your admissions counselor at 402-280-2703 to discuss your options. We are committed to working with you during his unprecedented time.


International Students

Will I still be able to get my I-20 and have support for the visa process?

Yes, we are still sending out I-20s and the instructions on how to obtain your I-20 can be found in the portal. If you have questions about the documents needed, or the next steps for your visa, please contact Megan Mankerian-Stem, Director of International Enrollment, at meganmankerian [at] creighton [dot] edu.

What should I do if I am unable to take final exams for my curriculum prior to the start of the fall term, including IB, AP, A-Levels, or national curriculum exams?

Please let us know if you are facing these challenges. We will work with you on an individual basis to see if you can continue to join us in August as planned, or if we need to work on an alternate schedule.


 

See resources and updates for current students and other groups here