What will college life look like in Omaha-metro in 2021-2022?

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Move-in days are a tradition on the Creighton University campus and after a subdued reception for freshmen last fall, the bounce looks set to be back for 2021-22.

“People are going to go out and do more stuff and that’s one of the things I love about this campus is that people are always out and there are a lot of events to attend,” said junior Kevin Grinstead. “Last year they were all moved to zoom and it made it hard to feel like a campus experience.”

Creighton has had no major COVID-19 outbreaks on campus in the past year and has held in-person classes with masks and social distancing. This year, as Creighton requires students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated, the focus is on masks and a return to more traditional student life.

“We are very proud of our community,” said Michele Bogard, Creighton’s assistant vice-president for student engagement. “While other campuses are really wondering how fall will turn out, we’re really proud that our students care about each other, and that our faculty and staff care about each other.”

Students are asked to upload proof of vaccination to a computer portal and 94% of incoming students have done so so far. Faculty and staff report a 99% vaccination rate.

“People see vaccination as a way to take advantage of college, which you spend a lot of money on and it’s supposed to be the best years of your life,” said Grinstead, a third-year student from Overland. Park, Kansas. “So people are very willing to get it.”

“It’s who we are,” added Bogard, entering his 21st year at Creighton. “We take care of each other inside and outside the classroom, so we’ve always focused on each other’s health and safety.”

The Creighton freshman move-in is followed by Welcome Week activities for students and families. The first day of classes for undergraduate students is Wednesday, August 18.

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