Fast Facts

Benedictine University adheres to the belief that a broad-based, liberal arts education provides students with a concrete foundation for a lifetime of change and is the best preparation for life-long learning. A Benedictine education prepares students to communicate effectively, to reason and make informed judgments, to identify and solve problems, to develop a sense of intellectual curiosity, to pursue and communicate the truth, and to confront and resolve ethical issues.

Academic Programs

  • 55 Undergraduate degrees
  • 51 traditional undergraduate majors
  • 11 traditional undergraduate minors
  • 8 adult undergraduate majors
    Graduate and Doctoral
  • 16 graduate programs
  • 34 graduate certificates
  • 4 doctoral programs
  • 117 full-time faculty + 7 part-time faculty + 474 adjunct faculty = 598 total faculty
  • 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average undergraduate class size: 19 (introductory regular courses 21; lab course 17; regular course 19)
  • No classes taught by graduate assistants
Admission Profiles
Undergraduate Admission Profile (October 2013)
  • 3,830 total undergraduate enrollment
  • 781 incoming Fall 2013 semester students include 464 freshmen students and 317 transfer students
Graduate/Doctorate Admission Profile (October 2013)
  • Graduate: 2,334
  • Doctorate: 154

  • 27,495 total alumni (C12 or earlier).
  • More than 778 alumni outside the United States in 30 countries, including China
Athletics (May 2013)

  • Newly renovated Rice Athletic Center Renovation
  • $10 million Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex completed in 2005
  • Hosted 2006 NCAA Division III Outdoor Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships
  • NCAA Division III affiliation
  • School nickname: Eagles
  • School mascot: Ernie the Eagle

  • Total Championships
    • 61 NCAA Team Appearances
    • 16 NCAA Individual Appearances
    • 69 Conference Championships
  • Women's Volleyball
    • 25 Conference Championships
    • 17 NCAA Appearances
    • 3 Final Four Appearances
    • 2012 NAC Champions and NCAA Qualifier
  • Men's Basketball
    • 16 Conference Championships
    • 7 NCAA Appearances
  • Baseball
    • 8 NCAA Appearances
    • 17 Conference Championships
    • 2013 NAC Champions and NCAA Qualifier
    • 8 All-Americans
  • Football
    • 2010 and 2011 NAC Champions and NCAA Qualifier
  • Softball
    • 16 Conference Championships
    • 21 NCAA Appearances
    • 18 All-Americans
    • 2011, 2012, 2013 NAC Champions and NCAA Tournament Qualifier
  • Men's Sports Teams
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Indoor Track and Field
    • Lacrosse
    • Outdoor Track and Field
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball (debuting Fall 2014)
  • Women's Sports Teams
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading (Not NCAA DIII)
    • Cross Country
    • Dance Team (Not NCAA DIII)
    • Golf
    • Indoor Track and Field
    • Lacrosse
    • Outdoor Track and Field
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
Benedictine University Rankings

In 2014, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University as the No. 1 fastest-growing campus in the country among private nonprofit doctoral institutions between 2002-2012.

Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014.

Benedictine's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.

TheBestColleges.org ranked Benedictine No. 1 in the nation for online master’s degrees in health administration and health care management; third among the top online Catholic Colleges and Universities, online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) programs and online colleges for accounting degrees; and fifth in the nation for online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) programs for 2014.

TheBestSchools.org ranked Benedictine among the top 10 online Christian colleges in the United States for 2013. Benedictine's online Associate of Arts in Business Administration program No.1 in the nation and the online M.B.A. Entrepreneurship program ranked among the top 10 in the nation for 2013.

U.S. News & World Report consistently lists Benedictine among the top colleges and universities in the nation and recognizes BenU for campus ethnic diversity. For 2014, Benedictine was named to its list of "Best Online Bachelor's Programs," "Best Online Graduate Business Programs," "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs,"and "Best Online Graduate Education Programs."


StateUniversity.com ranked Benedictine University as the second safest four-year school in Illinois based on a scale that accounts for the severity and frequency of on-campus crime in 2012.

Listed is a 2014 "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.

Affordablecollegesonline.org ranked Benedictine University among the top 25 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 2013.

Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among the 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

Recognized by the Daily Herald Business Ledger on the list of "Oldest Companies and Organizations" for 2013.

Named to Military Advanced Education's 2014 Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities list.

Benedictine University at Springfield chosen as a "Favorite Best College/University" in the State Journal Register's Reader's Choice Awards.

Community Engagement

  • Annual Relay for Life Cancer benefit ranks among the highest per capita fundraisers in Midwest
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helps low-income and elderly save thousands of dollars
  • Best Buddies organization provides mentoring and friendship to developmentally disabled
  • Named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

  • 6,318 total University enrollment (October 2013)
  • 9,658 (Calendar Year 2013 unduplicated headcount, all locations)
  • 721 students living on campus
  • 40 student organizations, honorary societies, service groups, ethnic associations and a student newspaper
  • 48 percent of students indicate a religious preference, of those 15 percent indicate they are Muslim
Undergraduate Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • $12,412,402 of annual budget is directed to grants and scholarships
  • 96 percent of freshmen receive some form of financial aid
  • Average financial aid package for freshmen is $15,842
University facts and Site locations
University Facts
  • Carnegie Classification: Doctoral/Research University
  • Private, Roman Catholic University founded by the monks of St. Procopius Abbey in 1887
  • 108-acre wooded campus located 25 miles west of downtown Chicago
  • Five colleges, including College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, College of Business, College of Education and Health Services, and Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies offer undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees
  • 22 buildings
  • Number of states/foreign countries represented: 50/17
Site Locations
  • Lisle, Illinois - main campus
  • Springfield, Illinois - branch campus
  • Mesa, Arizona - branch campus
  • Naperville, Illinois - Moser Center for Adult and Professional Studies
  • 42 additional Illinois class sites
  • 8 class sites in China
  • 2 class sites in Vietnam