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:

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Benedictine University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (630) 829-6000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 5700 College Rd, Lisle, IL 60532-0900
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,401
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 50%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,569 (58% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $34,290
Out-of-state Tuition: $34,290
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $20,660

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Benedictine University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Benedictine University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 221
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1111171
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 12
Education 481
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 221
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 282
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Natural Resources and Conservation 21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Philosophy and Religious Studies 11
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 11
Social Sciences 5
Theology and Religious Vocations 11
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Grand total 23156242

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Benedictine University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $34,290
Out-of-state $34,290
Books and supplies $1,510

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $19,409
Out-of-state $19,409

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 452 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 451 100% $20,660
Student loan aid 306 68% $6,641

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,398 88% $17,572
Federal student loans 1,720 63% $7,268

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Benedictine University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Benedictine University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,850 1,946 2,904
Percent admitted 100% 42% 42%
Percent admitted who enrolled 7% 9% 6%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Benedictine University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,401
Undergraduate enrollment 2,493
Graduate enrollment 1,908

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Benedictine University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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