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.

  • In 2012, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University as the No.1 fastest-growing campus in the country among private nonprofit research universities between 2000-2010.

  • Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the third consecutive year in 2013.

  • 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 2013.

  • TheBestColleges.org ranked Benedictine third among the top online Catholic colleges and universities in 2013 and the online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program fourth in the nation for 2013.

  • TheBestSchools.org ranked Benedictine among the top 10 online Christian colleges in the United States for 2013.

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently lists Benedictine among the top colleges and universities in the nation and ranked Benedictine's online Master of Science in Nursing program among the top 50 in the country. The University was recognized in 2011 as eighth in Illinois for highest average freshman retention rate and sixth in Illinois for racial diversity.

  • U.S. News & World Report named Benedictine University to its list of “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” in the nation for 2013.

  • TheBestColleges.org ranked Benedictine’s online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program fifth in the nation for 2013.

  • StateUniversity.com ranks Benedictine University as the safest four-year school in Illinois (third among all Illinois colleges and universities) based on a scale that accounts for the severity and frequency of on-campus crime in 2011.

  • Affordablecollegesonline.org ranks Benedictine University among the top 25 most affordable Catholic colleges and universities in the country with the highest starting salaries earned by graduates.

  • TheBestSchools.org ranked Benedictine's online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program among the top 15 in the nation for 2012.

  • Listed as a 2012 "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication focusing on post-military education and employment.

  • Benedictine University’s Police Department in 2013 became the first private University law enforcement agency in Illinois to earn accreditation through the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.
 
 

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.

BenU Rankings

  • In 2012, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University as the No.1 fastest-growing campus in the country among private nonprofit research universities between 2000-2010.

  • Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the second consecutive year in 2012.

  • 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 2012.

  • TheBestColleges.org ranked Benedictine third among the top online Catholic colleges and universities in 2013 and the online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program fourth in the nation for 2013.

  • TheBestColleges.org ranked Benedictine's online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program fifth in the nation for 2013.

  • TheBestSchools.org ranked Benedictine's online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program among the top 15 in the nation for 2012.

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently lists Benedictine among the top colleges and universities in the nation and ranked Benedictine's online Master of Science in Nursing program among the top 50 in the country. The University was recognized in 2011 as eighth in Illinois for highest average freshman retention rate and sixth in Illinois for racial diversity.

  • U.S. News & World Report named Benedictine University to its list of “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” in the nation for 2013.

  • StateUniversity.com ranks Benedictine University as the safest four-year school in Illinois (third among all Illinois colleges and universities) based on a scale that accounts for the severity and frequency of on-campus crime in 2011.

  • Listed as a 2012 "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication focusing on post-military education and employment.
 
 

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.

BenU Rankings

  • In 2012, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University as the No.1 fastest-growing campus in the country among private nonprofit research universities between 2000-2010.

  • Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the second consecutive year in 2012.

  • 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 2012.

  • TheBestColleges.org ranked Benedictine third among the top online Catholic colleges and universities in 2013 and the online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program fourth in the nation for 2013.

  • TheBestColleges.org ranked Benedictine's online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program fifth in the nation for 2013.

  • TheBestSchools.org ranked Benedictine's online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program among the top 15 in the nation for 2012.

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently lists Benedictine among the top colleges and universities in the nation and ranked Benedictine's online Master of Science in Nursing program among the top 50 in the country. The University was recognized in 2011 as eighth in Illinois for highest average freshman retention rate and sixth in Illinois for racial diversity.

  • U.S. News & World Report named Benedictine University to its list of “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” in the nation for 2013.

  • StateUniversity.com ranks Benedictine University as the safest four-year school in Illinois (third among all Illinois colleges and universities) based on a scale that accounts for the severity and frequency of on-campus crime in 2011.

  • Listed as a 2012 "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication focusing on post-military education and employment.
 
 

About Us

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 was founded by the monks of St. Procopius Abbey in 1887. Today, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students. 

The University’s main campus in Lisle, Illinois features a learning center, science facility, administrative buildings, residence halls, Founders’ Woods apartments, an athletic center, a small lake, a student center and the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. Branch campuses are located in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona and class sites are located in China and Vietnam. 

Benedictine offers 55 undergraduate majors, 17 graduate programs and 4 doctoral programs.