Originally known as St. Procopius College, Benedictine University was founded by Benedictine monks in 1887. Benedictine is a Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above institution. It was accredited in 1958 by the The Higher Learning Commission’s North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Benedictine had a long history of growth and expansion that ultimately resulted in its becoming Benedictine University, a private, Roman Catholic University, in 1996. Although Benedictine University evolved a great deal in its 125 years, it holds the mission of:
Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. As an academic community committed to liberal arts and professional education distinguishes and guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage, we prepare our students for a lifetime of active informed and responsible citizens and leaders in a world community. Benedictine also prides itself in its diversity. Nearly one third of the students represent a minority group and the overall student population represents 50 states and 15 foreign countries.
Though originally the campus was in Chicago, Benedictine is now located in Lisle, Illinois on a 108-acre wooded campus. The campus is only 25 miles west of downtown Chicago and is home to 6,516 students, of which, 4,084 are adult aged. The admission rate at Benedictine University is 76% and they hold a graduation rate of 53%. Benedictine has large course offerings with 52 traditional undergraduate majors as well as 8 majors specifically for adult students. About 52% of students will graduate within 4 years when enrolled in one of the 60 undergraduate programs. Benedictine also offers a variety Graduate degree Programs, certificate programs, and Doctorate degree Programs. The average class size is about 25 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. For students’ convenience, there is an online option available to them so they can acquire the same knowledge and education, and complete full degrees online, through an easy to use format. Benedictine University has 10 programs available in a completely online format.
Benedictine University places a heavy value on their students and has even created a special college for adult learners. Moser College was created to provide a way for all adult learners, from those with no college credits, to those with advanced degrees, to further their education in a convenient way. In addition to online classes Moser College provides a unique accelerated educational format and gives the options of night and weekend classes to fit in with the hectic lives of adult learners.
To help students with tuition costs, Benedictine has a financial aid office that can assist in applying for government assistance. They also offer a number of scholarships students can apply for. When it comes time to pay tuition that isn’t covered by financial aid or scholarships, students are given the option of paying in full or through interest-free monthly payment options. Around 70% of students receive grant or scholarship aid and 56% of students take out Federal student loans.
Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students and was proud to be awarded a spot in the top 20 percent of America's colleges by Forbes Magazine for the second consecutive year in 2012.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,520
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