Admitted Student Checklist

FOLLOW THESE KEY STEPS TO YOUR TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION.

Now that you’re an admitted student in the College of Professional Studies at Creighton University, it’s time to take these important next steps:

Your enrollment specialist will help through the process of getting started at CU by walking you through the following steps:

Part I: Activate

Upon admission to Creighton, your enrollment management specialist will assist with you these critical next steps that need to be complete prior to the start of the semester

1. Activate your NETID and Blue account

We’re excited that you’ve decided to become a part of the Creighton community of learners! In order to help you acclimate to your life as a student, we’ll review a few of the most important steps that you’ll need to have completed and be familiar with before starting your first course.

NetID & Blue Account Activation

All Creighton students are assigned a 3-letter, 5-digit NetID (format e.g. BBJ12345). You will use your NetID to access all of the resources available to you throughout your Creighton career. Upon admission you’re also assigned a one-time password to activate your BLUE account. If you have not received this information, please contact your enrollment specialist at 402.280.2703.

You will not be able to access Creighton’s online services without activating your BLUE account. To activate your BLUE account you’ll need to go to the AMI site at http://ami.creighton.edu. When activating your account for the first time, you’ll need to enter your NetID, one-time password and date of birth to verify your identity.

Upon activation you’ll complete a security profile and create a new password of your choosing in accordance with the password requirements. The security profile will enable you to reset your password, should you need to do so. Passwords expire every 180 days and you’ll receive a notification in your Creighton email 15 days before it expires. In the event that you forget your password or it expires, please contact DoIT at 402.280.1111 or reset your password on the AMI site.

2. Schedule an appointment with your academic coach to review your plan of study and to register for classes.

Contact your academic coach.

3. Apply for financial aid, if applicable

Steps for applying for financial aid:

TIP: Creighton’s school code number is 002542.

  • Step 2: Submit additional documentation and verification.

Once you are admitted to Creighton, the Financial Aid Office will retrieve the results of your FAFSA and be in touch with you by letter or email requesting supporting documents. This information is also available on your NEST account (under Financial Aid > Financial Aid Status). A financial aid award cannot be packaged for you until you have been admitted to the University and all materials have been received by the Financial Aid Office. Typically, you will be asked to submit the following documents:

  • Creighton Verification worksheet (available online and in the FORMS section of this book)
  • A copy of your W-2s.
  • A copy of your tax return transcript

TIP: Select the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA to expedite the process.

  • Step 3: Review your award offer and complete next steps.

Once your application is complete, Financial Aid will review your information and send award notification by mail (first time Creighton students) or email. Your award information will also be available on the NEST (under Financial Aid > Award). Some forms of aid will require additional action (e.g. completing an online financial aid learning activity).

  • Step 4: Accept your award.

You will need to review, accept and/or decline your financial aid offer(s) on NEST before the funds are posted to your student account. For detailed information about financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 402.280.2703.

4. Log in to your CU Mail account

Creighton Email

All official email communication from the University is sent to your CU Mail address. Below is an example. (may vary slightly based on browser):

  • To log into your email use your email address (NetID [at] creighton [dot] edu) and your self-created BLUE password.
  • Your default email address will be your NetID followed by Creighton’s domain address: BBJ12345 [at] creighton [dot] edu. You can also use your named address. For example: billybluejay [at] creighton [dot] edu.
  • For more information about CU Mail, please visit www.creighton.edu/DoIT or call 402.280.1111.

Forward Your Creighton Email to a Non-Creighton Email Account (optional)

  • Step 1: Login to your CU Mail account
  • Step 2: Click on the Cogwheel icon in the upper right hand corner
  • Step 3: Choose Options from the drop down menu
  • Step 4: Choose Mail > Accounts >Forwarding from the menu on the left
  • Step 5: Click on Start forwarding
  • Step 6: Enter the external email address that you want to forward your mail
  • Step 7: Check the box for “Keep a copy of forwarded messages” to retain copies of the messages in your CU Mail

Setup Your Mobile Device (recommended)
TIP: Set up your CUmail on your mobile device for instant access. For step-by-step instructions on setting up your CUmail on Android, iOS and Windows phone and mobile devices, visit the DoIT website. 

Log in to your NEST account

The NEST is a student self-service account that will provide you with access to:

  • Course grades and transcripts
  • Your personal and demographic information on file at the institution
  • Financial aid information (including accepting/declining of awards)
  • Tuition statement and payment information
  • Health insurance waivers and parking fee payment (on-campus only)
  • Course registration and required course textbooks
  • Plan of study information (DegreeWorks)

To access your NEST account, You will need your NetID and BLUE password to login to the system. If you experience difficulty, contact Creighton’s DoIT help desk at 402.280.1111.

After going to the NEST home page, click on “Student and Faculty Login”. Use your BLUE login information the same way as you would for your CUmail. Once you have logged in it will take you to a menu screen where you can access your “Student Services”, “Student Accounts”, “Financial Aid”, and “Personal Information” records.

6. Log in to your BlueLine account

BlueLine is Creighton’s online learning management system. All online courses are delivered through the BlueLine site. In addition, instructors may post course materials for on-campus courses on BlueLine. You can check course announcements, contact class members, and view grades for certain courses. If you’re taking classes on campus, be aware that not all instructors will use BlueLine in their courses.

To login to BlueLine, you will need to go to http://blueline.instructure.com. Once on this screen enter your Creighton NetID and BLUE password the same as you would for your CUmail and NEST accounts. Click “Sign In” to access your personal BlueLine site.

We recommend you familiarize yourself with BlueLine by accessing the Student Orientation to BlueLine (Help > Student Orientation to BlueLine).

Activities to familiarize yourself with the Blueline environment are also included in your CPS200 course. If you have trouble finding your courses listed, first check with your instructor or your CPS academic advisor.

TIP: If you are accessing BlueLine from a public computer, DO NOT bookmark the site. Make sure to close your browser completely after logging off.

If you have any problems accessing Blueline, contact DoIT at 402.280.1111. If you have any additional problems with the course, be sure to contact your instructor.

7. Submit proof of immunization to Student Health (on campus students)

If you are taking courses on campus and were born on or after January 1, 1957, you will need to provide documentation of receiving TWO doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, or “MMR” vaccine (positive blood test showing immunity also accepted). A HOLD will be placed on your account, preventing you from future course registration until the information is submitted. This policy is based on current CDC standards and therefore you must show proof of vaccination. History of the disease will not be accepted. If you are unable to show proof of vaccination, unable to locate records, or have not been vaccinated, please contact Creighton Student Health Services at 402.280.2735.

To submit proof of immunization, you should have the following options:

  • Option 1: Scantron form with physician’s signature.
    • Complete the scantron form (included). A physician’s signature is required. Mail or fax the completed form to Student Health Services.
  • Option 2: Documentation of immunization.
    • If you have access to your immunization records (e.g. the “yellow card”, military records, high school/college records, pages from a baby book), you can fax or email copies to Student Health Services. A scantron form is not required.

If you have questions about acceptable forms of documentation or the requirement itself, please contact Sue Weston, RN at 402.280.1789, or fax to 402.280.1859. Student Health Services is located in the Harper Center on the ground floor, room 1034.

8. Complete the health insurance waiver (full time students)

All new and returning students are auto-enrolled in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance plan. If you already have a comprehensive insurance, you must waive the coverage through your NEST account (under Student Services > Health Insurance >Waive Health Insurance). The premium for the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan will remain on your account unless the waiver process is completed before the deadline. You will be required to complete the waiver annually.

Part II: Enroll

During your appointment with your academic coach, you will complete the following:

  • Review your plan of study and transfer credits
  • Discuss your path to degree, including course load
  • Register for classes
  • Become familiar with term dates and deadlines

Part III: Finalize

A few final steps to complete prior to the start of your first class:

1. Submit any outstanding financial aid documents

Steps for applying for financial aid:

  • Step 1: File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.

TIP: Creighton’s school code number is 002542.

  • Step 2: Submit additional documentation and verification.

Once you are admitted to Creighton, the Financial Aid Office will retrieve the results of your FAFSA and be in touch with you by letter or email requesting supporting documents. This information is also available on your NEST account (under Financial Aid > Financial Aid Status). A financial aid award cannot be packaged for you until you have been admitted to the University and all materials have been received by the Financial Aid Office. Typically, you will be asked to submit the following documents:

  • Creighton Verification worksheet (available online and in the FORMS section of this book)
  • A copy of your W-2s.
  • A copy of your tax return transcript

TIP: Select the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA to expedite the process.

2. Review, accept, decline your financial aid awards

  • Step 1: Review your award offer and complete next steps.

Once your application is complete, Financial Aid will review your information and send award notification by mail (first time Creighton students) or email. Your award information will also be available on the NEST (under Financial Aid > Award). Some forms of aid will require additional action (e.g. completing an online financial aid learning activity).

  • Step 2: Accept your award.

You will need to review, accept and/or decline your financial aid offer(s) on NEST before the funds are posted to your student account. For detailed information about financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 402.280.2703.

3. Access your tuition statement, review for accuracy and pay your bill

All tuition and financial aid statements are posted online and available via the NEST. Creighton University does NOT mail paper tuition statements.

Access Your Tuition Statement:
   1. Sign into your NEST account at http://thenest.creighton.edu.
   2. Click on the Student Accounts > View Account Information, eBills and Pay Tuition Online
   3. You will be connected to a secure, external website (NBSPayments) and will need to complete a profile the first time you login to the site.

Payment Options:

  • Option 1: Online
    • Access the online payment link through the NEST (see instructions above).
    • TIP: Sign up for a MET Payment Plan to pay off your bill in monthly installments. The application fee is $25 per semester. To sign up for the MET plan, login to NEST, then go to Student Accounts > Enroll in Monthly Tuition Payment Plan (MET).
  • Option 2: Mail
    • Enclose a printed copy of your tuition statement with your payment.
    • Forms of payment: Personal check, cashier’s or bank check, money order and traveler’s checks, credit card information (2.75% convenience fee will be charged).
  • Option 3: In Person
    • The Business Office is located on the ground level of Creighton Hall and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A metal deposit box is available outside the Business Office door for after hour payments.
    • Forms of payment: Cash, personal check, cashier’s or bank check, money order and traveler’s checks.
    • Forms of payment: Electronic check to transfer funds directly from your checking or savings account (no additional service fees). Payments may be charged to a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express card (2.75% convenience fee will be charged).

4. Purchase your textbooks

Be sure to check your course listing and syllabus to ensure that you will have all the needed materials for your course. The campus bookstore is located in the Harper Center on the main floor. You can purchase textbooks, Creighton apparel, gifts, supplies, reading materials, gift cards, and computer products there. The Bookstore offers a buy-back program for textbooks. The bookstore also offers a book rental program where you pay a discounted price for the book and return it by a set due date. If the book is not returned or returned late, you will be charged the full cost of the textbook. You may also search for and/or purchase your textbooks online. Textbooks purchased online can be mailed to your home address or can be held for pickup at the bookstore. You can access the textbooks needed for your courses by clicking on the “Bookstore” link while logged in to your NEST account. You may also go to the Creighton Bookstore website and manually search for your books.

5. Get your Student ID card

Your Student ID card will enable you to access buildings after hours, access the parking garages, check out materials from the libraries on campus, and make cashless purchases. You can obtain your Creighton ID card from the Card Services Office or request it online via the Card Services website. Your student ID card has a high-frequency proximity chip as well as a magnetic strip, so please do not alter or punch holes in your card. If your card is stolen or lost, please report to Card Services for deactivation. The replacement fee is $20 if lost or stolen or $10 if you are replacing a damaged card.

The Jaybuck$ program allows you to use your ID as a debit card. For a list of on-campus and off-campus locations that accept Jaybuck$ and additional card information, visit the Card Services website.

6. Obtain your parking pass if attending on campus courses

As a student at Creighton University, you deserve a safe environment. The Department of Public Safety works in partnership with students, faculty, and staff, to help and protect people, secure property, solve problems, and enhance the quality of campus life. There are several Blue Light emergency phones placed around campus and officers patrol the campus on foot, on bicycles, and by vehicle 24 hours a day. To report a crime please contact Public Safety at 402.280.2104 (for non-emergencies) or 402.280.2911 (for emergencies). Victims are encouraged to report all incidents to Public Safety regardless of how insignificant the crime may seem. For all on-campus emergencies, you must call 402.280.2911 instead of 911.

If you’re parking on campus you’ll need to have a valid parking permit. Students attending courses after 4 PM may obtain a free “Evening” permit from the CPS Dean’s office. If you’re taking courses during the day, you’ll need to purchase a “Student” permit at the Public Safety Office, located at 2205 Burt Street. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The purchase of a permit does not guarantee the availability of a space.

For full-time students taking courses during the day, permit fees are $332 per year. For part-time students during the day, the permit fee is $166 per year. Additional pro-rated parking rates may be available. Please inquire at the Public Safety Office.

Both the tag and the validation sticker need to be present on your vehicle. Student parking lots are marked by a corresponding green and white “Student Parking” sign. Student parking is available on levels 1 and 2 of the 20th Street parking garage and on levels 2 and 3 of the 24th Street garage. Students arriving after 4 PM during the weekday, or anytime during the weekend are allowed to park in the blue and white “Faculty/ Staff” lots.

If you have any additional questions regarding Public Safety, please call 402.280.2104.