Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. As an academic community committed to liberal arts and professional education distinguished and guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage, we prepare our students for a lifetime as active, informed and responsible citizens and leaders in the world community.
Benedictine University is a Catholic University in the Benedictine Tradition that Provides a Values-Centered Liberal Arts Education Enriched by Our Excellence in Science.
Benedictine University is more than just a place to educate the mind. At Benedictine, we believe in developing the whole person – academically, socially and spiritually. Benedictine is a melting pot of people, religions, faiths and philosophies. We believe that by bringing together people from a variety of backgrounds to live, work and play, we better prepare students to participate in an increasingly global society. At Benedictine, we value each individual, and we do all we can to ensure the success of every student personally and professionally. But while we respect the uniqueness of each person, we search for the commonality in all people. At Benedictine, we believe that by unlocking those things we share, we find our differences are quite small. At Benedictine, we are welcomers, learners and leaders. We are caretakers, competitors and explorers. We are believers, helpers, innovators and difference-makers.
In 2015, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University 2nd among the fastest-growing colleges in the country among private nonprofit doctoral institutions between 2003-2013. This is the third consecutive year we have been ranked as a fastest-growing college.
Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fifth consecutive year in 2015.
Benedictine's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2015.
Benedictine's Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is listed among the nation's "50 Most Affordable Online M.P.H. Programs for 2015" by Topmastersinhealthcare.com.
Publichealthonline.org ranked Benedictine University on its list of Best Online M.P.H. programs for 2015.
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."
Affordablecollegesonline.org 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.
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 Nonprofit Colleges Online.
Benedictine University was named one of the best colleges in the Midwest and nation for cost and quality by Washingtonmonthly.com in 2015.
Benedictine University is the safest four-year university in Illinois according to a 2015 listing by StateUniversity.com for campus crime reported in 2014.
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