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About Benedictine

History of Excellence

At Benedictine University, the environment is strengthened by success, not size. Renowned faculty members know students by name and care as much about each student's progress as they do about their own research. Those personal relationships have produced superb results. Benedictine graduates are accepted into some of the most prestigious graduate programs in the country.


Why Benedictine?

Benedictine has a history of over a hundred years and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, being highly ranked for several consecutive years as one of the top universities in the Midwest by the U.S. News & World Report ®.



Benedictine University is a private, liberal arts university that emphasizes the importance of the individual, the community and a lifetime of learning. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is known for outstanding programs in the fields of science, business, health, education and management. Small class size, with a 16:1 student-to-teacher ratio, allows professors to give each student the opportunity for more personal attention and success.

Benedictine University, which has more than 9,000 students from 50 states and 30 countries, is a "right-sized" university - small enough to ensure excellent student-to-teacher ratios and large enough to provide a diverse experience for its students. Students enjoy a multicultural learning experience that helps to better prepare Benedictine graduates to be major players on the world's stage.

Benedictine University is located 25 miles west of Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States. Chicago and its many cultural and educational attractions are easily accessible by commuter train or expressway.


In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ® ranked Benedictine as:
  • a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities
  • 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) ranked Benedictine University as high or higher than 171 other comparable institutions in the following areas:
  • Level of Academic Challenge
  • Active and Collaborative Learning
  • Student-Faculty interaction
  • Enriching Educational Experiences
  • Supportive Campus Environment


Benedictine University is accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC/NCA).

ucan National Survey of Student Engagement Best Colleges 2010 Accreditation