Benedictine ranks in top 30 percent in 2008 U.S. News & World Report rankings

Benedictine ranks in top 30 percent in 2008 U.S. News & World Report rankings
August 29, 2007

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Benedictine University ranks 37th among more than 140 schools classified as “Best Universities – Master’s” in the Midwest, according to the 2008 figures recently released by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report ranks institutions using various criteria such as academic reputation, student retention, student-to-faculty ratio, percentage of freshman who ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class, SAT/ACT percentile and per-student spending. “America’s Best Universities – Master’s” ranks more than 550 institutions within four geographical areas. For 2008, U.S. News & World Report ranked Benedictine University as a Top School in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Master’s Universities, 13th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Ethnic Diversity, as a Top Campus with the Most International Students (fifth in Illinois) and for Highest Proportion of Classes Under 20 Students (seventh in Illinois). More than a quarter of Benedictine’s undergraduate students belong to an ethnic, religious or racial minority. Asian-Americans comprise the largest group of minority students at Benedictine University at 14 percent with African-Americans comprising 10 percent. The publication also recognized Benedictine University for Economic Diversity, Highest Graduation Rate, Freshman Most Likely to Return and as a School that Awards the Most Need-Based Aid.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’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 2011.