Benedictine ranked among top schools in Illinois, U.S. for return on investment

May 3, 2016

Lisle, Illinois ~ The benefits of a Benedictine University education have been recognized nationally.

According to the 2016 PayScale College Return on Investment (ROI) Report: Best Value Colleges, Benedictine is ranked among the top 10 schools in Illinois and the top 20 percent nationwide for ROI.

PayScale is a provider of on-demand compensation and data software that releases an ROI report on colleges and universities annually. Data was collected from about 1.4 million college-educated workers and the 20-year ROI on their degrees based on the current four-year cost of each school.

“We created the College ROI Report to help students and their families understand the long-term implications of their decisions about schools and majors,” said Aubrey Bach, PayScale's head of Alumni Analytics. "We hope that with this kind of data, students can make smarter educational choices and avoid crippling debt."

"We know that a Benedictine education is one of the best investments parents can make in their student," said Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., president of Benedictine. “A liberal arts, values-based Benedictine education prepares them to be successful in any number of careers.”

The University also partners with students and their families to find as much financial aid as possible to keep costs and loan debt low. The average student loan debt for Benedictine undergraduates was $21,500 in 2014, compared to the national average of $35,000. According to a 2013 post-graduate survey, the average salary 10 years after attending Benedictine was $51,000 – much higher than the national average of $34,343.

Benedictine has received similar accolades in the past touting overall cost and salaries earned by graduates.

According to, Benedictine ranks among the Best Online Colleges in Illinois for 2015 and among the top 15 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 in 2014.

The University has also been named one of the best colleges in the Midwest and the nation for cost and quality by, and has been ranked as one of “America’s Top Colleges” for five consecutive years by Forbes magazine.

The full PayScale report can be found at:

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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 fifth consecutive year in 2015, and the University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area.

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