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Benedictine University Scores National Rankings

September 10, 2019

Benedictine University is among the nation’s top institutions for social mobility and diversity, according to the 2020 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings, released Monday.

BenU—which includes campuses in Lisle, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona—was named to the following 2020 national lists as ranked by the publication:

  • Best National Universities
  • Top National Universities for Social Mobility
  • Top National Universities for Ethnic Diversity


Every year, U.S. News & World Report compiles several lists that prospective students and their parents use to help decide which school would be best for them.

A new set of rankings this year looks at the top performers in social mobility, evaluating which schools best serve underrepresented students. Benedictine University ranked 66th in the nation in terms of social mobility, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants.

“It is an especially great honor to be named to the national lists, particularly in the social mobility category,” says Charles W. Gregory, president of Benedictine University. “We work hard to support all of our students no matter their background. This ranking is a testament to the effort our faculty and staff put into helping our students achieve their dreams, both at our campuses in Lisle and in Mesa. This is truly a special community, and I am lucky to be a part of it.”

Benedictine was also ranked 119th on the list of the most ethnically diverse schools in the country.

“Our diversity is something we have always prided ourselves on. The Benedictine value of hospitality encourages us to welcome those of all religions, ethnicities and creeds into our campus community. Benedictine students pursue their degrees in an environment that fosters collaboration, self-growth, and an appreciation of unique perspectives,” said Gregory.


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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