International Admissions

Freshman Students

Admissions Process and Requirements

Learn more below about application requirements for freshman admission, important deadlines, submitting your transcripts and English language proficiency. Any student who has completed a secondary degree from outside of the United States must apply for international admission into the undergraduate degree program.


Benedictine University reviews applications holistically. All required documents must be submitted in order for an applicant’s file to be considered complete and for an admission review.

  • Minimum GPA Recommended: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official Examination from ACT, SAT, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International Language Testing System (IELTS)
    - ACT Composite 21 
    - SAT Composite 1060
    - TOEFL 79
    - IELTS 6.5 
  • Students who do not meet these requirements will be reviewed conditionally and may be required to complete additional steps:
    - English Language Assessment
    - Letter of Recommendation from faculty or school official


  1. Apply to Benedictine University 
  2. Timeline:
    • For full consideration to the program, the recommended deadlines are as follows:
    • Fall, February 1
    • Spring, October 1
  3. Transcripts and Test Scores for International Students:
    • Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended
    • Official SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS scores
    • Sent to: School Code for ACT 1132, School Code for College Board 1707; Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd., Lisle IL 60532
    • A foreign credit evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives or World Education Services must be submitted.
  4. Your admission counselor may request additional materials if you did not meet the minimum admission requirements. You may be asked to submit:
    • A personal statement
    • A high school guidance counselor letter of recommendation
    • Seventh semester transcripts
  5. Once your completed application has been received and reviewed, an Admissions counselor will personally contact you.
Personal Statement

If students do not meet minimum admission requirements, they are encouraged to submit a minimum one-page personal statement. The topic of this personal statement is "What are your academic strengths and how will they help you at Benedictine?". The personal statement is meant to be a reflection of past academic coursework as well as your writing ability. It is necessary that you provide all relevant information about your academic performance and high school experience.

Admission Committee

The Admission Committee meets weekly to review applications for prospective students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements. The Admission Committee looks for well-rounded students who will be successful and contribute to the Benedictine University community.

If you have any specific questions about admission requirements, your personal statement or the Admission Committee, please contact your Admissions counselor.