Fast Facts

Benedictine University adheres to the belief that a broad-based, liberal arts education provides students with a concrete foundation for a lifetime of change and is the best preparation for life-long learning. A Benedictine education prepares students to communicate effectively, to reason and make informed judgments, to identify and solve problems, to develop a sense of intellectual curiosity, to pursue and communicate the truth, and to confront and resolve ethical issues.

Academic Programs

  • 56 Undergraduate degrees
  • 53 traditional undergraduate majors
  • 14 traditional undergraduate minors
  • 9 adult accelerated undergraduate majors
    Graduate and Doctoral
  • 15 graduate programs
  • 34 graduate certificates
  • 4 doctoral programs
  • 117 full-time faculty + 7 part-time faculty + 474 adjunct faculty = 598 total faculty
  • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average undergraduate class size: 17 (introductory regular courses 21; lab course 17; regular course 19)
  • No classes taught by graduate assistants
Admission Profiles
Undergraduate Admission Profile
  • 3,347 total undergraduate enrollment (IPEDS snapshot 10/15/15
  • 652 incoming Fall 2016 semester students include 442 freshmen students and 210 transfer students
Graduate/Doctorate Admission Profile (October 2015)
  • Graduate: 2,485
  • Doctorate: 122

  • 31,125 total alumni (C15 or earlier).
  • More than 778 alumni outside the United States in 30 countries, including China

  • Newly renovated Rice Athletic Center
  • $10 million Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex completed in 2005
  • Hosted 2006 NCAA Division III Outdoor Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships
  • NCAA Division III affiliation
  • School nickname: Eagles
  • School mascot: Ernie the Eagle

  • Total Championships
    • 65 NCAA Team Appearances
    • 27 NCAA Individual Appearances
    • 76 Conference Championships
  • Women's Volleyball
    • 25 Conference Championships
    • 18 NCAA Appearances
    • 3 Final Four Appearances
    • 2012 NACC Champions and NCAA Qualifier
  • Men's Basketball
    • 18 Conference Championships
    • 8 NCAA Appearances
    • 1 NCAA Final Four Appearance
    • 1 NCAA Championship Appearance
  • Baseball
    • 8 NCAA Appearances
    • 17 Conference Championships
    • 2013 NACC Champions and NCAA Qualifier
    • 8 All-Americans
  • Football
    • 2010, 2011 and 2014 NACC Champions and NCAA Qualifier
  • Softball
    • 17 Conference Championships
    • 23 NCAA Appearances
    • 18 All-Americans
    • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 NACC Tournament Champions and NCAA Qualifier
  • Men's Sports Teams
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Indoor Track and Field
    • Lacrosse
    • Outdoor Track and Field
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
  • Women's Sports Teams
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading (Not NCAA DIII)
    • Cross Country
    • Dance Team (Not NCAA DIII)
    • Golf
    • Indoor Track and Field
    • Lacrosse
    • Outdoor Track and Field
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Volleyball
University Rankings

    Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016.

    Benedictine University is ranked among the top schools in Illinois and the nation for return on investment (ROI). BenU is one of the top 10 schools in Illinois and in the top 20 percent nationally, according to the 2016 PayScale Inc. ROI Report for colleges with the best value.

    U.S. News & World Report consistently lists Benedictine University among the best colleges and universities in the nation and ranks Benedictine among the most ethnically diverse campuses in Illinois. For 2016, Benedictine was named to its list of "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs," and for 2015, "Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans", "Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans" and "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans."

    Benedictine's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2016.

    In 2015,The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University No. 1 among the fastest-growing Roman Catholic colleges in the country for doctoral institutions and No. 3 among the fastest-growing colleges in the country for private nonprofit doctoral institutions between 2004-14. This is the fourth consecutive year we have been ranked as a fastest-growing college.

  ranked Benedictine University's online M.B.A. among the top six and online Public Health among the top four best programs in the nation in 2016.


    Benedictine's Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is listed among the nation's "50 Most Affordable Online M.P.H. Programs 2015" by

  ranked Benedictine University on its list of "Best Online M.P.H. programs" for 2015.

  ranks Benedictine University among the "Best Online Colleges" in Illinois for 2015 and among the top 15 most affordable Catholic colleges and universities in the country with the highest starting salaries earned by graduates and among the most affordable colleges in Illinois for online programs for 2014.


    Named to Military Advanced Education's 2014 Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities list.

  ranked Benedictine University among the "Top Online M.B.A. Programs" in 2015.


    Benedictine University is the first four-year private university in Illinois to be named a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


    Benedictine's doctorate in education was named one of the best online doctoral programs in the nation in 2015 by


    Benedictine University was named one of the best colleges in the Midwest and nation for cost and quality by in 2015.


    Benedictine University is the safest four-year university in Illinois according to a 2015 listing by for campus crime reported in 2014.

Community Engagement

  • Students packaged 58,000 meals for West Suburban Community Pantry and St. Ethelreda School on the South Side during Welcome Weekend in September 2015.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helps low-income and elderly save thousands of dollars.
  • Best Buddies organization provides mentoring and friendship to developmentally disabled.
  • Students participate in mission trips sponsored by Diocese of Joliet to the Philippines and Bolivia where they work with local community service groups helping provide for people in need.
  • Campus organizations like Knights of Columbus raise money for Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.

  • 5,954 total University enrollment (October 2015)
  • 9,637 (Calendar Year 2015 unduplicated headcount, all locations)
  • 721 students living on campus
  • Nearly 60 student organizations, honorary societies, service groups, ethnic associations and a student newspaper
  • As of spring 2016 for traditional undergraduate students, 47% of those who indicated a religious preference identified as Catholic. 24% as Muslim. 2% as Hindu. 21% other Christian.
Undergraduate Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • $12,412,402 of annual budget is directed to grants and scholarships
  • 99 percent of freshmen receive some form of financial aid
  • Average financial assistance awarded for all freshmen students is $22,379
University facts and Site locations
University Facts
  • Carnegie Classification: Doctoral/Research University
  • Private, Roman Catholic University founded by the monks of St. Procopius Abbey in 1887
  • 108-acre wooded campus located 25 miles west of downtown Chicago
  • Four colleges, including College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, College of Business, College of Education and Health Services offer undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees
  • 22 buildings
  • Number of states/foreign countries represented: 50/15
Site Locations
  • Lisle, Illinois - main campus
  • Springfield, Illinois - branch campus
  • Mesa, Arizona - branch campus
  • 11 additional Illinois class sites
  • 3 class sites in China
  • 2 class sites in Vietnam