Fast Facts

Benedictine University adheres to the belief that a broad-based, liberal arts education provides students with a concrete foundation for a lifetime of change and is the best preparation for life-long learning. A Benedictine education prepares students to communicate effectively, to reason and make informed judgments, to identify and solve problems, to develop a sense of intellectual curiosity, to pursue and communicate the truth, and to confront and resolve ethical issues.

Academic Programs
  • 59 undergraduate majors
  • 56 traditional undergraduate degrees
  • 20 traditional undergraduate minors
  • 8 adult accelerated undergraduate majors
Graduate and Doctoral
  • 34 graduate certificates
  • 23 graduate programs
  • 4 doctoral programs
  • 117 full-time faculty + 7 part-time faculty + 474 adjunct faculty = 598 total faculty
  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average undergraduate class size: 14 (introductory regular courses 21; lab courses 17; regular courses 19)
  • No classes taught by graduate assistants
Admission Profiles
Undergraduate Enrollment Profile
  • 2,718 total undergraduate enrollment (IPEDS snapshot 10/15/18)
  • 752 incoming Fall 2018 semester students include 455 freshmen students and 297 transfer students
Graduate Enrollment Profile (IPEDS snapshot 10/15/18)
  • Master's: 2,143
  • Doctorate: 79
  • Total Graduate: 2,222
  • 32,000 active alumni (C17 or earlier)
  • More than 778 alumni outside the United States in 30 countries, including China
  • $10 million Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex is home to the Eagles' football, men's and women's lacrosse, soccer and track and field programs
  • Men's Indoor Track and Field ranked No. 5 in the 2017 preseason U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll
  • Hosted 2006 NCAA Division III Outdoor Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships
  • NCAA Division III affiliation
  • School nickname: Eagles
  • School mascot: Ernie the Eagle
  • Total Championships
    • 68 NCAA Team Appearances
    • 52 NCAA Individual Appearances
    • 81 Conference Championships
  • Women's Volleyball
    • 25 Conference Championships
    • 18 NCAA Appearances
    • 3 Final Four Appearances
    • 2012 NACC Champions and NCAA Qualifier
    • 9 All-Americans
  • Men's Basketball
    • 19 Conference Championships
    • 9 NCAA Appearances
    • 1 NCAA Final Four Appearance
    • 1 NCAA Championship Appearance
  • Baseball
    • 8 NCAA Appearances
    • 17 Conference Championships
    • 2013 NACC Champions and NCAA Qualifier
    • 8 All-Americans
  • Football
    • 2010, 2011 and 2014 NACC Champions and NCAA Qualifier
  • Softball
    • 19 Conference Championships
    • 25 NCAA Appearances
    • 19 All-Americans
    • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 NACC Tournament Champions and NCAA Qualifier
  • Men's Track and Field
    • 2018 DIII NCAA Indoor Championships - 6th Place
    • 2018 DIII NCAA Outdoor Championships - 4th Place
    • 2017 DIII NCAA Indoor Championships - 10th Place
    • 2017 DIII NCAA Outdoor Championships - 4th Place
    • 32 All-Americans
  • Men's Sports Teams
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Indoor Track and Field
    • Lacrosse
    • Outdoor Track and Field
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
  • Women's Sports Teams
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Golf
    • Indoor Track and Field
    • Lacrosse
    • Outdoor Track and Field
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Volleyball
University Rankings



Forbes Forbes magazine has named Benedictine University one of America’s Best Colleges for the eighth consecutive year. The Forbes ranking indicates BenU is among the top 20 percent of all American colleges for 2018-19.


U.S. News & World Report the global authority in education rankings, ranks Benedictine University among its 2019 Best Colleges using 16 measures of academic quality including student outcomes, graduation rates and support for low-income students through graduation.

Benedictine's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the seventh largest in the Chicago area in 2017.

In 2017, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University No. 8 among the fastest-growing colleges in the country for private nonprofit doctoral institutions between 2005-2015. This is the fiftth consecutive year we have been ranked as a fastest-growing college. does annual assessments and rankings of more than 200 accredited masters and doctorial programs throughout the United States. Benedictine University had four different programs rank among the top 25 in each program category including Nutrition and Wellness (M.S., 3rd), Public Health (M.P.H., 11th), Nursing (M.S.N, 13th) and Accounting (M.S., 23rd).

Benedictine's Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is listed among the nation's "50 Most Affordable Online M.P.H. Programs 2015" by

Benedictine University is the first four-year private university in Illinois to be named a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Benedictine's Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior was named one of the best online master's programs in the nation in 2017 by

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The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2018 U.S. College Rankings lists Benedictine University among the top colleges and universities in the country based on teaching resources, student engagement, learning enviornment and outcomes.

Online Masters, an industry leading educational research organization rated Benedictine University’s online Masters of Science in Nursing and online Masters in Marketing MBA programs among the 50 best online M.S.N programs in the nation based on exclusive data comprised of interviews and surveys with current students, alumni, insights from health industry experts and hiring managers from clinics and hospitals.

Military Friendly School For the third consecutive year, Benedictine University earned the gold award for being a Military Friendly School designation.

SR Education Group

Benedictine’s masters degrees in Health Education and Public Health are ranked 7th and 15th respectively on the SR Education Group’s Best Online Colleges list. The rankings are based on two important factors: salary potential, and tuition rates. SR Education Group has also ranked BenU’s masters degree in Health Education (23rd) among its Most Affordable Online Colleges list.

College factual, a website dedicated to matching prospective college students with institutions that best fit their interests has ranked Benedictine University in the top 100 for Best Colleges and Universities for non-traditional students. Benedictine University is ranked #82 out of 1,159 colleges and universities in providing quality education to non-traditional students. This puts it in the top 10% of schools in the nation for returning adults and other non-traditional students. BenU was also ranked #8 out of a total of 49 schools in the state of Illinois for non-traditional students. This puts it in the top 15% of schools in the state for this category.

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A top site for human resources professionals, named Benedictine’s Ph.D./D.B.A Program in Values-Driven Leadership as the #1 Ph.D. program in leadership in the country.

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One of the leading education websites that ranks colleges and universities in more than 25 categories, ranked Benedictine University as the safest four-year campus in Illinois.

Community Engagement
  • Many opportunities to help communities and individuals locally, nationally and globally through student groups and Campus Ministry.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helps low-income and elderly persons save thousands of dollars annually.
  • Center for Civic Leadership brings notable speakers to campus such as former NASA scientist James Hansen, Ph.D., WGN-TV's chief meteorologist Tom Skilling and former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement to encourage community discussions regarding civic and political responsibilities.
  • New students packaged more than 58,000 meals during Welcome Weekend to benefit the West Suburban Community Pantry and St. Ethelreda School in Chicago.
  • Community Service Fair, held each semester, allows students to connect with dozens of local nonprofits and learn how they can give back to our community.
  • Students help collect old electronics and other waste items for recycling at Sustainable Saturday.
  • Students assist people displaced by fire, flood and other weather-related disasters when the American Red Cross Shelter is activated on campus.
  • The Center for Mission and Identity supports the ongoing development of Catholic social teaching and the Catholic intellectual tradition by providing programming such as the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought lecture series.
  • 4,940 total University enrollment (IPEDS snapshot 10/15/18)
  • 606 students living on campus
  • Nearly 50 student organizations, honorary societies, service groups, cultural associations and a student newspaper
  • For fall 2018 undergraduate students 45 percent of those who indicated a religious preference identified as Catholic, 19 percent as Muslim, and 7 percent as other Christian.
Undergraduate Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • More than 12 million dollars of the annual budget is directed to grants and scholarships
  • 98 percent of all new students receive some form of financial aid
  • Average financial assistance awarded for all freshmen students (Lisle campus) is $26,513 
  • Average financial assistance awarded for all freshmen students (Mesa campus) is $16,488
Tuition and Fees for All Programs

All tuition and fee details can be found on our Student Accounts website.

University Facts and Site Locations
University Facts
  • Carnegie Classification: Doctoral/Research University
  • Private, Roman Catholic University founded by the monks of St. Procopius Abbey in 1887
  • 108-acre wooded campus located 25 miles west of downtown Chicago, 5 miles from downtown Naperville
  • Four colleges, including College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business and College of Education and Health Services offer undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees
  • 22 buildings
  • Number of states/foreign countries represented: 49/11
Site Locations
  • Lisle, Illinois - main campus
  • Mesa, Arizona - branch campus
  • Several additional class sites throughout Illinois
  • 3 class sites in China
  • 2 class sites in Vietnam