On Aug. 17, Creighton welcomed 1,076 new Bluejays to campus with their mini-fridges and futons ready to be hauled up to the dorms by Welcome Week team members.
The class of 2023 is the third largest class in history to start at Creighton.
They arrive holding many accomplishments already. According to Creighton representatives, a quarter of the incoming freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT, about 60% had a high school GPA of 3.8 or higher, and 80 percent were involved in service in high school.
2019 Welcome Week executive team member Sarah Giacomini, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, said that the way move-in is structured at Creighton stands out.
“Our goal is to not have the family or the new student lift a finger. We try to make the process as easy and quick as possible for them,” Giacomini said. “It is a blast to walk around to the residence halls and hear everyone chanting and having so much fun with the hard work they are doing. We couldn’t do it without the amazing community that exists at Creighton. It definitely takes an army to make it all happen.”
Aside from the help with moving into the dorms, Welcome Week serves to guide the freshmen through the transition to college.
College of Arts and Sciences sophomore Lydia Johnson worked as a peer leader for a group of new freshmen.
“Welcome Week is helpful because it provides freshmen with basically a built-in group [RSP] that is going to be there for them not just through their first week of college, but throughout their entire first year,” Johnson said. “They very quickly learn that Creighton has people from all kinds of backgrounds that will teach them how to view the world differently and they start to form an independent idea of who they are and the morals they value.”
During Welcome Week 2019, an array of different activities included seminars and speeches, the annual Academic Convocation, which included a march of the class of 2023 from St. John’s steps to Morrison Stadium, and games designed to bring the new freshmen closer to their peers.
“My RSP’s favorite part of Welcome Week was each other,” Johnson said. “They told us at the end that they were more so coming for the community of our group than for the events themselves. It feels awesome to know that they already have people at Creighton they feel so bonded to.”