Admissions Process and Requirements

Benedictine University has rolling admissions and  does not have a deadline for accepting new applications for the fall semester. We encourage traditional undergraduate students to apply within their first semester of their senior year of high school. The application review process takes approximately one week. Once your completed application has been received and reviewed, an Admissions counselor will personally contact you by phone with your admission status. Prospective freshmen should accept the offer of admission and pay the tuition deposit no later than May 1 to secure their spot for the incoming freshman class.

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA Recommended: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum ACT Recommended: 21
  • Minimum SAT Recommended: 980 (Math and Critical Reasoning combined score)
Additional International Student Requirements

To establish English proficiency international students may submit an TOEFL or IELTS test score instead of an ACT or SAT score. At least one test score is required: ACT, SAT, TOEFL, or IELTS. All test scores must be official.

  • Minimum TOEFL: 79
  • Minimum IELTS: 6.5
  • Minimum SAT I Critical Reading: 500
  • Minimum ACT English: 22

Process

  1. Apply to Benedictine University (select one)
    • $40 USD Application Fee (non-refundable)
    • Apply online
    • Download a hard copy
    • Call the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 and we will mail an application to you.
  2. U.S. Students:
    • Official high school transcripts
    • Official ACT/SAT Scores
    • Sent to: School Code 1707; Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd., Lisle IL 60532
  3. For International Students:
    • In order to allow enough time to review your application, it is recommended to complete your application and submit documents at least 3 months before the start of the term. 
    • Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended
    • Official SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS Scores
    • Sent to: School Code 1707; Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd., Lisle IL 60532
    • A foreign credit evaluation from either Educational Credential Evaluators or Educational Perspectives must be submitted.
  4. Your admission counselor may request additional materials if you did not meet the minimum admission requirements. You may be asked to submit:
    • A personal statement
    • A high school guidance counselor letter of recommendation
    • Seventh semester transcripts
  5. Once your completed application has been received and reviewed, an Admissions counselor will personally contact you by phone with your admission status.
Personal Statement

If students do not meet minimum admission requirements, they are encouraged to submit a minimum one-page personal statement. The topic of this personal statement is "What are your academic strengths and how will they help you at Benedictine?". The personal statement is meant to be a reflection of past academic coursework as well as your writing ability. It is necessary that you provide all relevant information about your academic performance and high school experience.

Admission Committee

The Admission Committee meets weekly to review applications for prospective students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements. The Admission Committee looks for well-rounded students who will be successful and contribute to the Benedictine University community.

If you have any specific questions about admission requirements, your personal statement or the Admission Committee, please contact your Admissions counselor.

Office of Admissions:
admissions@ben.edu
(630) 829-6300

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