2007
Smarter, faster, brighter. Benedictine freshmen ready to embrace challenge

Smarter, faster, brighter. Benedictine freshmen ready to embrace challenge
September 12, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Benedictine University’s Fall 2007 freshman class is not only the largest in the school’s 120-year history, it ranks among the most scholarly. Four hundred three freshmen began fall classes at Benedictine University, compared to 383 who started the fall term one year ago. Forty-five percent of this year’s freshmen ranked in the top third of their high school graduating classes, their average GPA was 3.3 (on a 4-point scale) and their mean ACT test score was 23. “It is exciting to welcome such a quality freshman class to campus,” said Kari Gibbons, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management. “These students reflect the type of academic reputation Benedictine University enjoys, the opportunity for admission to graduate school we create, and the foundation for professional success we provide.” Although Benedictine’s overall student body is more than 57 percent female, 53 percent of the freshmen enrolled were male. Thirty-two percent of the freshmen are minorities with Asians comprising the largest group at 18 percent. Most are from the suburbs of Chicago and attended public school (both 78 percent). Forty-three percent of the freshmen who responded to a survey of the field of interest indicated science as their No. 1 choice.

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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.