Benedictine University is a private Catholic university located in Lisle, Illinois. It was founded by the Monks of Saint Procopius Abbey in 1887 as the St. Procopius College and was originally located at the Pilsen Community of Chicago. It started occupying its present location in 1901. It changed its name to Illinois Benedictine College in 1971 and adapted its present name in 1996. Aside from its main campus, the university also has a branch campus in Springfield, Illinois, its Adult and Professional Studies Center in Naperville, Illinois, and 42 other Illinois class sites. There are also class sites offered in China and Vietnam.
The university believes that the best preparation for life-long learning is a concrete foundation for lifetime change which can be provided by a broad-based, liberal arts education. It seeks to provide rigorous academic study both for undergraduate and graduate students based on its strong Catholic heritage and Benedictine values. The kind of education provided by Benedictine University is that which aims to develop students’ ability to communicate effectively, make informed judgments, pursue the truth and communicate it, as well as confront ethical issues and resolve them.
Benedictine University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Its academic programs consisting of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs are provided by its academic divisions including the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science, the College of Business, the College of Education and Health Services, and the Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. The university also participates in providing consortium-expanded opportunities to students who wish to enroll in courses at other colleges while receiving credit at the home institution. It forms part of the West Suburban Regional Academic Consortium and cooperates with nearby schools including Aurora University and North Central College. There are presently 50 traditional undergraduate majors, 7 adult accelerated undergraduate majors, 16 graduate programs including 32 graduate certificates, and 4 doctoral programs.
Estimated annual educational cost for undergraduate study is $23,650.00 for tuition, $555.00 to $ 810.00 for fees, and $ 7,140.00 for room and board. Adult undergraduate tuition cost $300.00 to $515.00 per credit hour. Graduate tuition ranges from $515.00 to $790.00 per credit hour, depending on the program and format chosen. Financial aid is provided through grants and scholarships. At least 96% of freshmen receive some form of financial assistance with an average financial aid package of $15,842.00.
Benedictine University is a member of the NCAA Division III – North Atlantic Conference. Its athletic teams known as the Eagles participate in several sports competition events including men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field, as well as women’s basketball, cheerleading, and dance, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. All students are given the opportunity to participate in sports while enrolled in the university. The university campus is also home to the DuPage Dragons – the Summer Collegiate Basketball Team.
The enrollment of Benedictine University is 7,013 including 3,825 undergraduate students, 3,032 graduate students, and 156 doctoral students. There are about 721 students living in campus. Average class size is 19 while the student faculty ratio is 18:1. Total number of faculty members is 598 including 117 full-time, 7 part-time, and 474 adjunct faculty members.
There are about 40 student organizations found in the campus offering varied opportunities for further development to students. International students are assisted by the university’s International Center which has welcomed students from at least 30 foreign countries.