COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

Campus Visits & Events

Can I still visit campus?

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Creighton University has moved all campus visits to a virtual format and is currently closed to in-person visitors. 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. Request a virtual visit here.

We are hopeful to begin offering on-campus visits again later this summer. However, because the situation is still changing, it is challenging to predict a specific date that we will resume on-campus visits. As a result, registration for in-person visits is not currently available. We are hopeful to update our website for visitors to begin scheduling on-campus visits soon. Please check back for updates.

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.

I have already reserved my spot in the class.  Will summer orientation (Summer Preview) dates change?

Our summer orientation program, Summer Preview 2020, has been moved to a virtual format. The session options are June 8-9, June 11-12, June 15-16, and June 18-19.

Summer Preview is required for all incoming students. If you’re unable to attend a session due to a lack of access (computer, internet, or another reason), please email newjays [at] creighton [dot] edu so we can work with you on an alternate way to experience Summer Preview.

Registration for Virtual Summer Preview will open on May 1 and close on June 2. Students must submit their deposit before registering. Attending Virtual Summer Preview does not give you a priority when registering for classes, nor does attending an earlier session of Summer Preview.

We have also added two on-campus visit experiences in July so you’re able to come see campus before move-in. These Bluejay Experience Days will be on July 16-17 and July 20-21. The events will provide opportunities to explore campus, meet new friends, and get to know Omaha. You’ll receive more information about these in the coming weeks.

Because I can’t visit campus, can I still talk to a professor or advisor about some questions I have about my intended major? 

While our campus is not receiving visitors, 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.

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.

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. More information will be provided by June 8.

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. With this in mind, we will be extending the class reservation deadline to June 1 for all students.

Note that many institutions have not changed their deposit deadline, so make sure you’re well-informed about all of the institutions you are considering and their deadlines.

How long will my admission decision and scholarship offer be honored?

Your admission decision and scholarship offer will be honored until June 1. If you believe this is not a sufficient amount of time to make a thoughtful decision, please reach out to your admissions counselor.

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