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Creighton's a wonderful school for those looking for a smaller, comprehensive Jesuit university in a bigger city. Students, for the most part, genuinely seem to really love it here - it's the combination of challenging academics, strong feelings of community, and a close-knit feeling of teamwork that set us apart. Creighton does a good job of not pretending to be something that it's not; we aren't Notre Dame, Harvard (or Nebraska), and we don't try to be. Our academic profile actually puts us 4th in the Midwest behind Notre Dame, Northwestern, Washington U, and the University of Chicago. At the same time, we aren't all about the books - the stereotypical CU student juggles his courseload with service, exercise, extracurriculars, and a little bit of partying on the weekends (though nothing like a state school). Though people outside the Midwest might not immediately recognize our name (unless they've been watching March Madness), we have quietly worked our way up to being one of the best schools of our type in the nation. Campus is beautiful, the city's downtown nearby is clean and exciting, our athletic teams are fun to support, academics are rigorous, and the students here are as friendly as I've ever seen.
The best thing about Creighton is that professors genuinely care for their students. The school is small, but I like it that way. Reaction to my going to Creighton? That's kind of superficial. I hang out in the dorms or not on campus at all. Omaha is one big suburb, which is not so fun. There is the slowdown and the old market, but those get old. Creighton's administration is okay. They care about the students, but they make it hard to take the right classes. They don't let the homosexual community voice its opinions. Instead, they say that it is not the Catholic stance, but they still allow non-Catholic homophobes to spout hate to the campus. Tobacco ban is the biggest controversy. Creighton does it to preserve an image of a progressive-family friendly school, but they really don't care about people's welfare. It's merely to make itself (Creighton) look better. There is a lot of granfalloonery and no karas (read Vonnegut). No nothing unusual about Creighton. A prototypical school for prototypical people. I would change Creighton's image consciousness. I hope that it will be comfortable with who it is.
Although there are 4000 undergrads at creighton you will still see at least 15 people you know on the way to and from class--however, if you want to avoid someone you can, you just have to work at little bit harder at it. It's a really good community, and people aren't too cliquish. A lot of preppyness, however people also frequent class in their sweatpants--getting really dressed up for class is not the norm. There also is a fair amount of school pride, particularly during basketball season. The greek community is really different from any other school because the sororities don't have houses, and there is a push for greek unity amoung all the fraternities and sororities, which is very evident around the campus. But you don't have to go greek to fit in. There are lots of other clubs to join, however many of them aren't that great. Students compete as to how many different organizations they're involved in, so be prepared to jump into the community and extra-cirriculars with both feet.
The size is great - small enough to recognize many people while walking to class, but you don't know everyone you see, everywhere you go. Creighton is recognized as selective, and being a student there grants me a certain amount of respect. On campus, I spend most of my time in the residence hall, student center, or just hanging out outside. I go jogging and exercise in the Fitness Center quite a bit. Most people stay on campus - the area surrounding Creighton is a bit shady, and there aren't many places to go anyway. Downtown Omaha is very nice, and I plan to spend more time there once I bring my bike to campus next year. It's just a little too far to walk. Creighton's administration is great. There are student committees you can be appointed to that get to interact with the administration and be a part of major decisions. They really value student input and want the best for the students. The most recent controversy is the sports bar in the new Harper Center because they're planning to serve alcohol. Creighton will be the first college campus in Nebraska to serve alcohol. I don't understand what all the fuss is about, because of all places for underage people to get alcohol, this is the last. They are planning all sorts of security devices and have a 2-drink maximum. This is a safe, controlled environment for legal age students to enjoy alcohol resonsibly. The best thing about Creighton is the atmosphere. It was why I chose the school. Just being on campus, you feel something special and want to be a part of it. Community really exists on campus, and everyone is genuinely friendly and positive. School pride peaks during basketball season, obviously. Games at the Qwest are an absolute blast and really get you pepped up! People always talk about the Creighton Family. From being in the Student Alumini Association, I've been able to interact with Alumni quite a bit and it really does exist. They feel a tie and bond to the university, and are extremely proud to have graduated from Creighton.
Haha, when I tell people I go to Creighton, they say "oh... where's that" It is in Omaha NE. Omaha is for sure not a college town. Omaha may seem like a big city for a lot of kids who live in the country all their lives, and trust me there are plent of country kids at Creighton. But there are also a bunch of real big city kids who see Omaha as a small city. It's not small, but everything is just so spread out, so you probably won't be walking around off campus much. Creighton itself is a pretty small school. It takes about 10-15min to walk from one end to the other, and usually the walks between class only take like 5min. I like Creighton because the professors really care about your learning (for the most part). They are always there to talk to you about how you are doing in class or just to chat. Even in my bio class of like 65 people my professor knew my name and would say hi to me when I saw him on campus. Also, I was taking a poly sci class on Latin America and I went to talk to my professor about my grade and we ended up talking about my trip this summer to Bolivia for like a half hour.
Aside from the close-mindedness, there are far too many requirements at this school. Although it is wondrous to get a well-rounded liberal arts education, the amount of core requirements borders on the absurd. Even with several transfer A.P. credits, I'm finding most of my freshman and sophomore year consumed by core classes. Also, note that four theology classes are required, ALL of which are centered on Christianity - I feel the education would be a bit stronger if students had the option to focus on other religions as well. How is one supposed to open their minds and learn about the world if one is forced to remain within a very narrow perspective. This is perhaps only because I live off-campus, but Creighton doesn't have much of a unique or lively feeling to it. Campus for the most part seems rather dead during the day, with a few scattered events here in there which are none too exciting. This school needs more randomness! This perspective would probably be different if I lived on-campus, so my opinion probably isn't worth too much on this manner. There are a lot of wonderful teachers here, but one has to seek them out. There are quite a few poor professors here and weak departments, but ask around/check out professor ratings to find the best ones. This past semester almost all my teachers were incredibly inspiring and actually asked students to expand their minds and dare to learn outside of the classroom; seek these teachers out if you can! There are several lackluster ones as well, though. You just have to look and find the ones who inspire you, even if it takes a little while.
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