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Benedictine University to Stay in NCAA Division III - Eagles eligible to compete in postseason competition

October 25, 2018

In September the Benedictine University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to discontinue the process of reclassifying Benedictine University as a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II member. The decision was made following several weeks of re-evaluating the goals of reclassification with a renewed focus on the University’s mission and vision.

“We are incredibly proud of our history and what our athletic department has accomplished through the years,” said Benedictine President Charles Gregory. “After careful consideration, we feel remaining a Division III school is in the best interest of our student athletes, our entire student population and the future of the University.”

“The NCAA DIII philosophy places the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and to maintaining an environment that values integrity, diversity and sportsmanship for student-athlete success,” added Gregory. “To this end, our faculty, administration and our Board feel the DIII philosophy better aligns with our mission and vision.”

Following the Board’s decision to remain a Division III member, the University contacted the NCAA and the Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference (NACC) to review its status for the 2018-19 academic year. The NCAA and the NACC notified the University of the following:


  • Benedictine University will be classified as an active member of NCAA Division III for the 2018-19 academic year.
  • As an active member, the University is eligible to compete in NCAA championships for the 2018-19 academic year., can vote on legislative issues as well as other issues before the Association and to enjoy the privileges of membership designated in the constitution and bylaws of the Association.


  • Benedictine University’s request to withdraw from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference was approved.
  • 2018 -19 NACC contests involving Benedictine University will count in the conference standings.
  • The University can compete in championship competition and student-athletes can earn All-Conference awards.

“We are thrilled that the NCAA recognizes Benedictine as an active member of NCAA Division III. It is outstanding that our students and teams are eligible to compete in NCAA Championships this year,” said Athletic Director Mark McHorney.

“We are also thankful of the NACC leadership for their guidance and care as Benedictine continues to be a member of the conference. We are proud of the success of our students in the classroom and in competition. We are looking forward to the continued investment in our students and programs as we build upon our distinctively Benedictine experience for student-athletes,” he added.

Benedictine has thrived while competing within NCAA Division III boasting 81 conference championships, 63 All-Americans, a trophy case filled with hardware and an athletic department that takes great pride in promoting its core values of service, opportunity, accountability, and respect.

Benedictine currently has 19 sports that compete in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC), Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC), and the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference (MWLC).


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the ninth consecutive year in 2019. Benedictine University was also named the second-safest campus in the country and safest campus in Illinois by in 2019. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information about the University, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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