Freshman, transfer enrollments continue to surge at Benedictine

Freshman, transfer enrollments continue to surge at Benedictine
September 17, 2010

Phil Brozynski
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Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University's 2010 freshman class is interested in science and education, is 55 percent female, hails primarily from the suburbs of Chicago and is the second-largest freshman class ever enrolled during the school's 123-year history.

Four hundred forty-three freshmen began fall classes at Benedictine University, compared to the 445 who started the fall term one year ago, the 427 who started the fall term in 2008 and the 261 who began the fall term in 1999. The average grade point average of this year's freshman class is 3.3 (on a 4.0-point scale) and the average incoming composite ACT score is 23.

"We are extremely pleased that so many outstanding high school students have chosen to continue their education at Benedictine University," said Kari Gibbons, Associate Vice President of Enrollment. "We received the second-highest number of applications in our history."

Fifty-five percent of the freshman are female and 38 percent indicated that they are minority students. Eight-one percent are from the suburbs, reflecting a growing national trend as students choose to stay closer to home.

Benedictine University also welcomed 309 students who transferred from community colleges and other four-year institutions, an increase of 16 percent over last year. More than 90 previously attended College of DuPage.                 


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.