Forbes Forbes magazine has named Benedictine University one of America’s Best Colleges for the eighth consecutive year. The Forbes ranking indicates BenU is among the top 20 percent of all American colleges for 2018-19.


U.S. News & World Report the global authority in education rankings, ranks Benedictine University among its 2019 Best Colleges using 16 measures of academic quality including student outcomes, graduation rates and support for low-income students through graduation.

Benedictine's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the seventh largest in the Chicago area in 2017.

In 2017, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University No. 8 among the fastest-growing colleges in the country for private nonprofit doctoral institutions between 2005-2015. This is the fiftth consecutive year we have been ranked as a fastest-growing college. does annual assessments and rankings of more than 200 accredited masters and doctorial programs throughout the United States. Benedictine University had four different programs rank among the top 25 in each program category including Nutrition and Wellness (M.S., 3rd), Public Health (M.P.H., 11th), Nursing (M.S.N, 13th) and Accounting (M.S., 23rd).

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

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 Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior was named one of the best online master's programs in the nation in 2017 by

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The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2018 U.S. College Rankings lists Benedictine University among the top colleges and universities in the country based on teaching resources, student engagement, learning enviornment and outcomes.

Online Masters, an industry leading educational research organization rated Benedictine University’s online Masters of Science in Nursing and online Masters in Marketing MBA programs among the 50 best online M.S.N programs in the nation based on exclusive data comprised of interviews and surveys with current students, alumni, insights from health industry experts and hiring managers from clinics and hospitals.

Military Friendly School For the second consecutive year, Benedictine University earned the gold award for being a Military Friendly School designation.

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Benedictine’s masters degrees in Health Education and Public Health are ranked 7th and 15th respectively on the SR Education Group’s Best Online Colleges list. The rankings are based on two important factors: salary potential, and tuition rates. SR Education Group has also ranked BenU’s masters degree in Health Education (23rd) among its Most Affordable Online Colleges list.

College factual, a website dedicated to matching prospective college students with institutions that best fit their interests has ranked Benedictine University in the top 100 for Best Colleges and Universities for non-traditional students. Benedictine University is ranked #82 out of 1,159 colleges and universities in providing quality education to non-traditional students. This puts it in the top 10% of schools in the nation for returning adults and other non-traditional students. BenU was also ranked #8 out of a total of 49 schools in the state of Illinois for non-traditional students. This puts it in the top 15% of schools in the state for this category.

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A top site for human resources professionals, named Benedictine’s Ph.D./D.B.A Program in Values-Driven Leadership as the #1 Ph.D. program in leadership in the country.

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One of the leading education websites that ranks colleges and universities in more than 25 categories, ranked Benedictine University as the safest four-year campus in Illinois.


Upcoming Events

BenU Library Book Club
Main Campus in Lisle
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Event Details

BenU Library Book Club

Date: February 27

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Kindlon, room 311

Event Sponsor: Library

Event Description:

The Benedictine University Library invites students, faculty, and staff from the BenU Lisle campus to our Book Club discussion of Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather. The discussion will be held on Wednesday February 27th from Noon to 1pm in Kindlon room 311. There are copies available for checkout at the Library Research Center on the 3rd floor of Kindlon.

We are pleased to have Dr. Christine Fletcher as a featured speaker. Please join us as we explore this classic piece of literature by Willa Cather. The setting is the newly annexed territory of New Mexico in 1851. We follow a Bishop Latour who travels the area to reawaken its slumbering Catholicism.

Copies available for checkout - Kindlon 3rd floor Research Center.

2019 Benedictine Heritage Lecture, Benedict's Dharma: Deep in the Heart of Dialogue
Main Campus in Lisle
7:00 PM
Event Details

2019 Benedictine Heritage Lecture, Benedict's Dharma: Deep in the Heart of Dialogue

Date: February 28

Time: 7:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Kindlon Hall, 5th Floor

Event Sponsor: Center for Mission and Identity

Contact: Peter Huff    630-829-6664

Event Description:

This Benedictine Heritage Lecture will focus on some of the great success stories in global interfaith dialogue and the positive engagements between Benedictines and Buddhists.

Featuring Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown. Distinguished professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies from Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, and one of the world's leading scholars in Buddhist wisdom.

Freshman Fridays
Mesa Branch Campus
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Details

Freshman Fridays

Date: March 01

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Gillett Hall

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504

Event Description:

Experience BenU Mesa First-Hand.

Chat with a faculty member for your major. Get a financial aid assessment tailored to your needs. Meet other students. Check out beautiful downtown Mesa.

Every Friday, we make time to meet with students like you who are preparing for their college experience. Schedule your visit today and find out more about what makes BenU Mesa a place where you can grow as a person while you prepare to lead in your career.

What to expect during your visit:

  • A campus tour given by one of our current students
  • The opportunity to meet the faculty and Student Life staff who help to make the BenU Mesa experience unique
  • An individual meeting with your Admissions Counselor to discuss your goals and plans, including:
    • Your college major and developing your future career
    • Financial aid and scholarships available to you
    • Student activities and athletics to pursue your interests
    • Campus ministry and service work at BenU Mesa

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