Benedictine reports its second-highest undergraduate enrollment

August 29, 2014

Benedictine University (Lisle campus)Lisle, Illinois ~ While other area colleges and universities are consolidating or cutting back in response to market changes impacting their enrollment, Benedictine’s traditional undergraduate enrollment continues to increase.

More than 780 new freshmen and transfer students packed the University’s grounds at the main campus in Lisle, Ill., this week, moving into their campus residences and enjoying food and fun at Welcome Weekend – a series of events held to ease the transition to college and introduce new students and their parents to Benedictine. The growth of incoming fall 2014 students represents the second highest fall undergraduate enrollment in the University’s history, said Kari Gibbons, Benedictine’s vice president for Enrollment Services.

“During challenging times for higher education, Benedictine continues to prove that a private, values-based college education can be affordable and attainable,” Gibbons said. “Studies and research from employment experts still show that a strong liberal arts education coupled with practical hands-on experiences greatly increases one’s marketability in the job market and that’s what we provide our students from day one.”

Part of “The Benedictine Promise” is to make student learning and success the first priority by providing resources to students that help them realize their college dreams absent of the horror stories of high college debt and poor job prospects.

Benedictine’s enrollment, which includes more than 19 different faiths and a minority student population comprised of one-third of the entire student body, has grown significantly during the nearly 20-year tenure of its president, William J. Carroll, Ph.D., who helped grow the campus from fewer than 3,000 students when he arrived to more than 10,000 today. This month, 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.
Benedictine has taken its values-based Catholic education to the Southwest, opening a branch campus in 2012 in Mesa, Ariz., where this fall more than 200 students are attending – more than doubling last year’s inaugural enrollment.


Recently, the University broke ground at the main campus in Lisle on the 125,000-square-foot Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business, scheduled to open in fall 2015. The extraordinary growth of the College of Business has created the need for a new academic building that will advance the University's partnerships with universities and corporations around the world and attract top-tier students, educators, speakers and business leaders.


Goodwin Hall will include classrooms, study areas, offices, a 40-seat, state-of-the-art trading laboratory and a 600-seat auditorium.
Fall classes began August 25. The University is accepting applications for spring 2015 enrollment. For more information, visit


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University’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.

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