Before Getting To Creighton

Get Ready to Become a Bluejay.

male student moving into Creighton

Once you’ve completed your deposit to Creighton, there are only a few things left for you to do before you’re able to enroll and begin your journey with us.

Please go through the checklist below and complete the tasks listed at your earliest convenience. To see a more personalized checklist of items, log into your student portal. You can also access a printer-friendly next-steps timeline.

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.

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.

Move-In and Welcome Week

Due to health and safety considerations, 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. The staggered move-in process will begin August 12 and will run through August 15. Classes will begin August 17. Move-in dates and times will be assigned. Times and dates will be shared in mid-July, along with other important details about the process.

This will also mark the beginning of Welcome Week, a time to become oriented with campus and get to know your new classmates. Check out our list of what to pack for your first year on campus.

View the academic calendar here.

Final Transcript

Contact your high school counselor and request that your final transcript be sent to:

Creighton University Admissions
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

You can use the following as a template for your request:

Dear [Counselor’s Name]:

I have been accepted for admission to Creighton University for the coming semester. To complete my file and allow me to register for classes, Creighton needs my final transcript, reflecting all credits earned during my senior year.

I appreciate your help in completing my file. This information will allow Creighton to prepare for my counseling and academic advising prior to registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Creighton University at 800.282.5835.

The NEST and CUMail

Creighton communicates with students through the NEST, an online resource where you can view financial aid information, as well as our course catalog and schedule. Admitted students will also begin receiving emails through their CUMail account starting June 1, 2020. To access these resources, please do the following:

Creighton Admissions Checklist Activate your account (please note that you’ll need a one-time password, which can be found in your student portal)

Creighton Admissions Checklist Once your account is activated, you can access the NEST and your CUMail account by entering your NetID and BLUE password

Creighton Admissions Checklist Keep your parents informed by authorizing them to view your NEST account (especially important if they pay your tuition)

Summer Preview

Our Summer Preview is designed to give New Jays a ”head start” in their transition. This year, Summer Preview will be offered virtually. It is an orientation program for incoming students to learn more about Creighton, meet other incoming freshman, and talk with an advisor. 

We strongly encourage all students to register for a Summer Preview session. 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.

Virtual Session Dates:

Monday, June 8 - Tuesday, June 9
Thursday, June 11 - Friday, June 12
Monday, June 15 - Tuesday, June 16
Thursday, June 18 - Friday, June 19

Click here to view an overview of each day’s schedule.

Deposited students will be able to sign up for these on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning May 1. We’re excited to meet you — and so are your new classmates.

Immunizations

Creighton is committed to a healthy campus. All students are required to have immunizations on record and have health insurance coverage.

Students are asked to use the following method to report their immunization data:

  • Locate your immunization record from your family physician, high school, previous college or branch of the military.
  • Enter your immunization dates and upload your records electronically via the secure patient portal the Bird House (a place to store and protect your health information). 
  • Any communication regarding your compliancy status will be sent to your Creighton email account.

All students must have immunization requirements completed (uploaded to The BirdHouse) and records verified by Student Health Services by August 1, 2020. Non-compliant students will not be allowed to move into campus housing, start classes or participate in athletic training.  

If you have questions, want to fax us your immunization record, need to correct or update your record, or would like to schedule an immunization appointment, please contact Student Health Services at:

  • Phone: 402.280.2735
  • Fax: 402.280.1859
  • Email: immunizations [at] creighton [dot] edu

Student Health Insurance

All students are required to have health insurance coverage.  Many students are covered under a parent’s health insurance plan.  If not, student health insurance can be purchased through the University (you can learn more about comprehensive health insurance here). All full-time students are automatically enrolled in the Creighton health insurance plan, but may waive this insurance before the established deadline.

You must either accept or waive your enrollment on the NEST (under Student Health Services > Health Insurance > Waive Health Insurance). To waive, a student must already have comprehensive health insurance.

If you intend to complete the waiver, please do so as soon as possible to avoid an unnecessary insurance premium charge. After the established deadline, we will not be able to remove the charge and you will be enrolled in the insurance plan for the entire year.

The Student Health Insurance Waiver for 20/21 will be available in the NEST starting in July 2020 until early September.

Parking Information

It’s a personal choice whether or not you want to bring a car to campus. About 30% of freshmen have a car on campus, so you will have friends to get a ride from if you don’t have a car! There are postings for carpooling back during school breaks and Zipcars are also available for rental. Uber and Lyft are popular for getting around town as well. Creighton also offers a shuttle that loops through nearby neighborhoods, making it convenient for upperclassmen to get to and from campus if they choose to live off-campus.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you want to bring a car, you can always leave your car at home to start, then decide if you would like to bring it to campus at a later date. Public Safety will prorate the parking fees, depending upon how much of the school year remains. 

If you are choosing to bring a car to campus, you will need to purchase a parking pass to have access to the student surface parking lots and covered garages. Order your parking permit by June 30 to lock in the 2019-2020 rate of $360. After July 1, the annual 2020-2021 rate will be $400. Order through your NEST and the fee will be charged to your student account. For more information, visit the Public Safety parking information page.

Computers and Technology

Creighton gives you the tools and support you need to connect with your technology. We encourage you to browse our Creighton-specific computer recommendations so you get the most out of your equipment academically. In addition, we recommend that you take advantage of iJay, our student-run Apple reseller store, for both computer-related purchases and technical support for your Apple products.

Please note that as an admitted student, you are entitled to free access to Microsoft Word and discounted Microsoft software

If you need general technical support or to reset your Creighton passwords, please contact our Information Technology and Library Services:

  • Email: doit4students [at] creighton [dot] edu
  • Phone: 402.280.1111

New Student Orientation

Get started with Creighton’s new student orientation.

Hotel Information

When searching for hotels in Omaha that are around Creighton’s campus, look for Downtown or Old Market area locations. Many of these locations have a Creighton preferred rate. Check out a list of convenient hotels here.

Class Registration and Advising

Registration

Class registration will be completed online using your NEST account. Registration will occur either online during Summer Preview or scheduled on an individual basis with an advisor. If you are not able to attend Summer Preview virtually, it will not affect the registration priority that you are given, as we will have spaces set aside for students who do not attend Summer Preview. Earlier sessions of Summer Preview do not receive priority registration. You will be randomly assigned a registration time if you have completed all paperwork.

Advising

A Ratio Studiorum Program (RSP) Advisor will be assigned to you.  In early June, we will send the name of your RSP Advisor and class registration materials to your Creighton email account. The advising process happens in the first two weeks of June, either at Summer Preview or via phone/email. Your advisor will be contacting you to set up this advising, but feel free to reach out to them at your convenience.

Before you visit with your advisor, check out these resources.

Academic Programs

Required Courses for All Students:  Magis Core Curriculum

“Magis” stands for “more” and reflects Creighton’s Catholic and Jesuit heritage and values. For general information on the Core visit:                        

Depending on the college you are enrolled in, you may have different or additional Core Requirements. Visit your college’s page for details.

Foreign Language Exams

  • Foreign Language is not required in all colleges, so discuss this with your advisor.  Please visit the Language Requirements page for detailed foreign language requirements by college. 
  • If you plan to major or minor in a language, you should continue your language study your freshman year. 
  • If you have already studied French, German, or Spanish and want to continue in that language, you must take an online placement exam before you register. Be sure to discuss this with your advisor.

Information on Schedule Planning and Registration

Questions about courses or registering? 

Registrar’s office
402.280.2702
registrar [at] creighton [dot] edu

College of Arts & Sciences
402.280.3990
CCASDean [at] creighton [dot] edu

Heider College of Business
402.280.2841
HeiderBusiness [at] creighton [dot] edu

College of Nursing
402.280.2004
nursing [at] creighton [dot] edu

Roommate Selection

Starting May 1, you can log in to the StarRez roommate search portal to use profile information to find a roommate that will be a good match for you. This is an optional search process, as we already have basic information from you to pair you with a roommate. This roommate search will run until June 20, to encompass all of the Summer Preview sessions. This way, if you meet someone that you hit it off with at Summer Preview, you can choose to be roommates. As long as you and your future roommate both list each other, you will be paired together.

Students can also use the official Creighton University Class of 2024 Facebook Group to meet future classmates and find common interests. More than half of our students come without knowing who they will live with – or even knowing anyone, for that matter. Don’t stress if you don’t have a specific name to submit; you’re not the only one!

Housing Assignments

Housing and roommate assignments will be sent in early/mid-July. These assignments will not be mailed. They will be delivered to your Creighton email account.

Student Services

Creighton offers a variety of student services to set you up for success. Browse our Academic Resources to find out more about our services:

Banking

Creighton helps you take care of your banking needs quickly and conveniently. As an admitted student, you have premier access to:

Textbooks

Purchase used or new textbooks online or in person from our campus bookstore, located on campus in the Murphy Building.

Campus Bookstore Hours

Monday through Friday      8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday                               9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Understanding College Terminology

College has a language all its own. Here are some terms you should become familiar with, as you will hear them regularly at Creighton!

Summer Send-Offs

Join in our nation-wide virtual summer sendoffs where you can meet other students, parents and alumni! Register for a virtual summer send-off here. If you have any questions, please contact us at parents [at] creighton [dot] edu.

BlueView

Be sure to look through the 2019 BlueView to get even more helpful information about resources and offices on campus.