Scenes from Creighton campuses in Omaha and Phoenix.

Creighton's bold future

Creighton’s history is marked by many acts of courage in the face of difficult times.

Look back to 1950, and you’ll see a university in crisis. Post-war, enrollment had dropped. Campus facilities were dilapidated. Creighton President Carl M. Reinert, SJ, began his tenure with a commitment to transform the University. The best way to do so? Deepening Creighton’s ties to its surrounding community and dedicated base of alumni and friends. 

It led to vital community partnerships and donor support of scholarships, operational expenses and academic and spiritual programs. Over the next few decades, Creighton embraced its base and grew significantly — both in the number of students and programs. Yet the University never lost sight of its Jesuit, Catholic identity.

That's the promise of Creighton's Forward Blue fundraising campaign — that our traditions and values will define our future. Now, in a time of great uncertainty in higher education, the University once again charges forward, boldly, making moves that will keep Creighton thriving for generations to come.

Creighton campus at sunset

Forward Blue

Forward Blue is the largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in Creighton’s history. The campaign is a massive, concentrated effort over an extended period of time to celebrate Creighton’s mission, while raising funds to ensure that mission endures. 

Creighton's future

The following is a running list of stories that highlight the many exciting changes taking place at Creighton — from campus improvements to academic innovations to the transformative acts of philanthropy that are shaping the future for thousands of students across nine schools and colleges and multiple campuses. In a historic time of growth and progress, these are some of the major changes underway at Creighton.

Exterior of the Creighton Health Sciences Campus — Phoenix.

Photo gallery: Phoenix campus

Creighton's Health Sciences Campus — Phoenix hosted its grand opening in September 2021. Check out photos from the event and get a closer look at the beautiful building.

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Werner Center rendering

How a new health sciences facility will build on Creighton's strengths

As Creighton continues to expand its reach in Phoenix and globally, the CL and Rachel Werner Center for Health Sciences Education will serve as a modern connection between the health sciences on the Omaha campus.

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From left: Rachel Werner, CL Werner and Father Hendrickson.

Creighton breaks ground on $75 million health sciences building

On Wednesday, May 12, Creighton celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the CL and Rachel Werner Center for Health Sciences Education, a new facility that will dramatically change the west side of campus.

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Kate McKillip and Brooke Kowalke.

More Than Molecules

A Creighton initiative explores the important role of the humanities in improving health education and care.

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Thomas Dobleman, MD, teaches Creighton dental students how to spot malignancies.

Collaborative care at the root of a great dental education

A physician walks into the Creighton dental school … The physician — head and neck cancer surgeon Thomas Dobleman, MD — is showing Creighton dental students how to spot malignancies from clavicle to cranium.

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Phoenix health sciences campus

Health sciences

Two capital projects underline the growth of our health sciences enterprise — the nearly $100 million health sciences campus in Phoenix (which opened this fall) and the $75 million CL and Rachel Werner Center for Health Sciences Education (opening fall 2023). Creighton educates more professional health sciences students than any other Catholic university in the nation.

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Clinicians work together around a computer.

Innovating Health Care

For Creighton, collaborative care operates on a few core principles: Health care is a team effort; and clinicians working together (closely, honestly, efficiently) leads to better patient care — lowering costs, improving outcomes, saving lives.

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A medical student cares for a patient

$25 million gift creates new Creighton program with global reach

Creighton University has received a $25 million gift for the establishment of the Arrupe Global Scholars and Partnerships Program.

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Physician examines a patient at St. Vincent

New health care partnership seeks to help the underserved in Maricopa County

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is investing $10 million in a collaboration between Creighton University and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) in Phoenix.

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Heider College of Business lobby

Creighton business reimagined  

Check out the beautiful enhancements to the Harper Center — supported by the vision and transformative generosity of Scott and Cindy Heider, Mary Heider and Mark Heider.

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A campus transformed 

Additional ways Creighton is transforming multiple campuses.

School of Dentistry  

The School of Dentistry building.
The School of Dentistry building.

In 2018, the school started a bold new chapter with the construction of a 200,000-square-foot clinic and facility, which has already driven significant growth in educational opportunities and the amount of care we provide our patients.

Athletics Facilities  

Our move to the BIG EAST Conference brought an unprecedented level of national attention—to Creighton and Omaha. It also created countless opportunities for our nearly 300 student-athletes, who have access to some of the best coaches, faculty and facilities in the nation.  

Lab and Classroom Renewal  

Creighton is modernizing its labs and classrooms to maintain the University’s national reputation and to give our faculty and students the dynamic learning environments they need to thrive.  

Learning Commons  

The Learning Commons will be a next-generation library serving as the new home of innovation and technology for students and faculty— a place of partnership and learning for the Omaha community.  

Jesuit Residence  

A new residence will support an active and accessible Jesuit presence in the daily life of our community and contribute to St. Ignatius’ vision for a transformative education grounded in spirituality. 

The St. Peter Faber, SJ, Chapel

New sanctuary for prayer and reflection — the St. Peter Faber, SJ Chapel

This month, Archbishop George Lucas blessed the St. Peter Faber, SJ Chapel, located in the Mike and Josie Harper Center, and consecrated the altar. Design elements of the chapel include icons of St. Peter Faber, SJ, and the Madonna della Strada, a prayers and petitions wall, and a chapel cave.

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Exterior of the School of Law building

New Juvenile Justice Clinic in the School of Law

The Creighton School of Law Juvenile Justice Clinic will serve as a small law firm, providing opportunities for both classroom learning and real-world experiences for third-year law students.

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School of law students tour a concentration camp.

School of Law gift will strengthen Creighton’s ties to Jewish community

The gift will support a School of Law program that keeps history alive by creating more witnesses to the Holocaust.

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Exterior shot of Creighton campus

Creighton donors break record for annual fundraising

The total — $143,623,068 in total commitments — far exceeded Creighton’s previous fundraising record of $80,600,165 in 2018.

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Sunrise on campus

10 Creighton milestones of the 2010s

With the last days of the decade upon us, we did a little reflecting and came up with 10 of the most notable Creighton milestones of the ’10s. The list not only shows how much Creighton has achieved over the past 10 years. It forecasts a perhaps even more momentous decade to come.

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