After 16 years of being ranked No. 1 in the Midwest category, Creighton has moved into a more prestigious category, making its debut in U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings released earlier this week.

Creighton ranked No. 104 in the National Universities category, defined by U.S. News as universities that “offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.”

Creighton is one of 381 four-year colleges and universities to earn the National Universities distinction. 

“Ranking in the top third of national colleges and universities in our inaugural year in the category marks a significant milestone in the history of Creighton University, and is a testament to our high-caliber students, alumni, faculty, staff and programs,” Creighton president Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J., said in a press release.

Along with the overall ranking, U.S. News ranks schools by additional categories. Creighton ranked No. 14 for service-learning opportunities, No. 21 for internship opportunities, No. 23 for best undergraduate teaching, No. 63 in terms of being a best value school and No. 69 as a best college for veterans.

“These rankings are an affirmation of our standing as a top-flight research institution, driven by a teacher-scholar educational model,” said Creighton provost Thomas Murray. “The research we are conducting, with students working side-by-side with faculty mentors, has global implications for discovery in the arts, humanities, business, sciences and law.”

Although Creighton can no longer tout being a No. 1 university, it is now put in the same category as the country’s top schools, such as Princeton, who is ranked No. 1 in this year's “Best Colleges” rankings.

“We have enjoyed the #1 brand for the previous 16 years. It was something we were proud to have accomplished,” said vice provost for enrollment management and university planning Mary Chase. 

“However, we appreciate the University is being recognized in a different manner for the great work we are doing in educating and developing the leaders of the future at all levels – undergraduate, graduate and professional.”

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