Parents of Prospective Students

Starting the Search, One Step at a Time.

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New Flexibility with Our Test-Optional Policy

Many students have been unable to take the ACT or SAT as planned this year. Canceled testing dates, limited capacity, and other challenges have increased students’ anxiety about standardized testing. As a result, this year, we’re adjusting our test-optional policy to be more flexible. We don’t want students to pause their college search while waiting for an upcoming test date. We are encouraging students to apply to Creighton as a test-optional applicant.

Then, if a student is able to take a test in the coming months and they want their application to be re-reviewed for merit scholarships with the test score, they will be able to do so through the December testing dates. (Test scores must be received by January 5, 2021.)

In fact, we will review and award scholarships based on the highest possible scholarship outcome. If a student sends scores after admission that would improve their scholarship award, we will re-evaluate. If scores are sent after admission that would negatively affect their scholarship decision, no change will be made.

Learn more about our test-optional policy or contact the admissions counselor that works with your school to get more information.


Whether you are just starting to gather information or you have been on dozens of college visits in recent years, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed with the college search process. We want you to know that we’re here to help. Here are five tips to get you started:

1) Help prepare your student to apply in fall of senior year

Deadlines vary, but it is generally a good idea to apply in the early fall of senior year. The application opens August 1 of senior year. Your student should take the ACT or SAT by spring of junior year, as this gives them time to study and take the test multiple times, if necessary. We have no preference between ACT or SAT.

2) Visit and ask the right questions

Experiencing different campus environments can help you determine what you like (and don’t) - large, small, urban, rural, and everywhere in between. Be sure to keep an open mind when planning visits. You may be surprised about what you find.

Once you’re on campus, be sure to get the information that matters.

3) Understand the importance of May 1

May 1 is the national deadline for students to choose a college, but it also protects important student rights. Learn all about this deadline in our FAQ.

4) Get to know your student’s admissions counselor

Your student has an admissions counselor that will work specifically with your family through this process. They will know your student’s high school. They will read your student’s application. They will answer your phone calls and respond to your emails. Get to know them! We are here to help.

5) Applying doesn’t mean committing

Applying to a school gives your student more options and allows you to see the actual cost of attendance of the institution. 99% of our students don’t pay the sticker price to attend Creighton. You will know any merit-based and need-based aid your student is eligible for before they commit to a college.

As a member of Common Application, it is easy to apply to Creighton along with other schools. That being said, don’t feel the need to apply everywhere. College Board suggests 5-8 applications is a good target.