Benedictine University

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Benedictine University is a private, four-year coeducational university located in the city of Lisle, Illinois just outside of downtown Chicago. The institution was founded by the Monks of St. Procopius in 1887, as the St. Procopius College, and it remains closely affiliated with the Benedictine Order of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1971, the college was renamed the Illinois Benedictine College and in 1996 Benedictine University. The university’s main campus is centrally located within the Chicago Metro Area and is close to shopping malls, Broadway shows, clubs, restaurants, retail locations and major transit systems (including O’Hare International Airport and Metra’s Burlington Northern train station). It is also conveniently located in close proximity to the high-tech East-West Tollway corridor, the home of many of the nation’s top technology companies and businesses. This is good news for students who may be seeking internships and employment opportunities.

The student body at Benedictine University is made up of a diverse mix of ethnicities, races and religious backgrounds. Even though the university is a Roman Catholic school, students from other religious faiths and denominations are welcomed. The university is dedicated to providing the highest-quality undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts in order to prepare students for successful careers so they may become active community leaders and responsible citizens that can make meaningful contributions to society.


Benedictine University is dedicated to providing its students with an education in the liberal arts. They strongly believe that a liberal arts education is the best preparation for future learning, growth and development. Specifically, the programs at Benedictine are designed to help students learn how to think critically, analyze information to make better decisions, address and resolve many ethical issues facing business and society, and communicate more effectively.

Through its four academic colleges (The College of Science; The College of Business; The College of Liberal Arts; and, The College of Education and Health Services) Benedictine University offers undergraduate bachelor’s degrees in almost 60 fields of study and concentrations. Some of the more popular programs at Benedictine include Business, Education and Health Sciences. Some of the new additions to its selection of programs include Clinical Life Science, Exercise and Sports Studies, Music Education, Theology, and Business Analytics. In addition to degree programs, the university also offers several non-degree, adult education programs through the Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies.

In addition to a comprehensive selection of undergraduate degrees, Benedictine University also offers a selection of graduate degree programs. Master’s degrees are offered in several fields of study including:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Public Health
  • Science Content and Process.

Benedictine University also offers various doctoral programs including: an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change; a D.B.A. in Values-Driven Leadership; and, a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Values-Driven Leadership.


In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked Benedictine University in the top 20% of America’s four-year colleges. Benedictine has also been ranked among the safest college campuses in the United States. In 2011, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University as the 7th fastest-growing, not-for-profit, master’s university among private institutions nationwide.

General Information

Admission Office

5700 College Road

Lisle, IL 60532

(630) 829-6300

(888) 829-6363

Fax: (630) 829-6301

Contact: Kari Gibbons

Dean of Enrollment
Main Address

5700 College Road

Lisle, IL 60532-0900

(630) 829-6000


Total undergrads: 3,282

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 435

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,185

Graduate enrollment: 1,997


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees Offered:

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