Benedictine ranked as best value by U.S. News & World Report

Benedictine ranked as best value by U.S. News & World Report
August 22, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Benedictine University ranks 43rd among more than 140 schools classified as “Best Universities – Master’s” in the Midwest, according to the 2009 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 570 institutions within four geographical areas. For 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked Benedictine University as a Top School in the Midwest (and seventh in Illinois) for Master’s Universities, 11th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, as a Top Campus with the Most International Students (fifth in Illinois) and in the top half of Midwest schools for Economic Diversity and Freshmen Retention Rate. Benedictine University was also ranked 14th in the Midwest and second in Illinois among “Great Schools, Great Prices” for 2009. The category lists schools that are considered best values relative to their academic quality. Only schools ranked among the best academically in their category are included. “Given today’s economy, this is probably one of the most important rankings for us because it indicates that we offer a superior education and a price that is considerably more affordable than other institutions in our category,” said Kari Gibbons, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management.


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.