#21 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois

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Benedictine University overview
Location Lisle, Illinois
Online ben.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Benedictine University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Benedictine University is a private Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, approximately 25 miles west of Chicago. The university was founded by the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey in the 1880s and maintains a commitment to the intellectual, personal, professional, and ethical development of its students. Situated on a peaceful suburban campus encompassing prairie architectural elements, Benedictine University offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Notably, the university is recognized for its health sciences, business, and liberal arts programs. Benedictine University has a broadly selective admissions process that seeks a diverse and capable student body. The campus provides resident housing facilities aimed at fostering an inclusive educational environment. Although not renowned for athletics, the university houses varsity teams known as the Eagles, participating in the NCAA Division III.

In the most recent statistical year 2,746 prospective students applied, and 2,557 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 425 enrolled in the school.  2,001 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,122 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $32,700 plus fees of $1,590. Benedictine University is ranked 560 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Benedictine University is rated within the top 49% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1050/1280
ACT 19/28
GPA 3.26

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Benedictine University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,540
Other Fees$1,590
Room and Board $10,266
Budget for Other Expenses$3,236
Total One Year Cost$49,332

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$52,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

49% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Benedictine University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 45%
Health Professions 22%
Psychology 7%
Biology 6%
Education 6%

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