Benedictine University Ranked Among Nation’s Top Schools According to 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges

October 6, 2021

best-colleges-badgeBenedictine University is listed among the nation’s best universities according to the just-released U.S. News & World’s annual rankings of best colleges. In specific categories, Benedictine is ranked at #90 for Social Mobility and #251 for Best Undergraduate Nursing programs among all national universities.

This is the third consecutive year U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings includes the Social Mobility category, and Benedictine has been listed in the top 100 each year. This is the first year the Report includes a Nursing category and Benedictine is ranked in the top half.

With more than 15 measures of academic quality, the U.S. News 2022 Best Colleges provides data-driven information and guidance to help prospective students and their families understand their higher education options. The latest edition assesses 1,466 U.S. bachelor's degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality.

“Being listed among the nation’s top universities is an honor and I salute the administrators, faculty members and students who contributed to our excellent showing in this year’s report,” said Benedictine University President Charles Gregory. “I believe this is a reflection of our effort to remain faithful to our mission of helping students live lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.”

Benedictine’s #90 ranking in social mobility displays its dedication to help students bridge the gap between the cost of attendance and their ability to afford their degree. More than just listing financial aid options, they work with students on an ongoing basis to help them understand funding options such as federal and state grants, federal student loans, work-study opportunities, and Benedictine University scholarships.

Being ranked among the nation’s best undergraduate nursing programs reflects its dedication to "teaching and learning, scholarship and service." Benedictine boasts a strong faculty teaching in both the RN to BSN and MSN programs. RN to BSN students value the program for the personalized attention provided by faculty and staff, convenience of delivery sites, affordability, and flexibility in meeting the needs of the working RN who is seeking to advance within the profession.


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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