Benedictine University

Benedictine University is a private non-profit Catholic university dedicated to providing a vibrant academic community founded on rigorous educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate level that is based on a strong Catholic tradition and Benedictine values. It focuses on liberal arts and professional education that prepares students for a lifetime as active, education, and responsible members of society and promotes lifelong learning experiences. Benedictine University strives to implement the Benedictine heritage and values into all of its academic programs.

Benedictine University offers 49 traditional undergraduate majors, 13 graduate programs, and four doctoral programs. Courses are offered in several formats including semester, quarter, accelerated, and cohort formats. The faculty at Benedictine University includes a combination of experienced full-time professors and additional instructors who are experts in the industry. Qualified instructors teach all courses and graduate assistants teach no classes. Benedictine University offers various online programs at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degree levels including business administration, leadership, nursing, management and organizational behavior, pubic health, education, Internet marketing, and disaster management. The programs can be completed entirely online to enable students with busy schedules to complete their education. Students can access their online courses anytime from anywhere with an Internet connection. Online courses feature small class sizes to promote personalized attention and an interactive learning environment. Benedictine University also offers technical support available 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Monks of Saint Procopius Alley founded Benedictine University in 1887 as St. Procopius College. In 1971, the college changed its name to Illinois Benedictine College and in 1996 it became Benedictine University. Throughout its history it has maintained a close relationship with the Benedictine Order. The U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Benedictine University among the Best Universities in the Midwest. Currently, Benedictine University educates nearly 9,000 students from 49 states and 16 countries around the world.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central of Colleges and Schools regionally accredits Benedictine University.

Schools Of Education

College of Business: strives to provide students with the tools necessary to succeed in the business world. It combines Benedictine values with professional skills and offers various business programs through its seven academic departments.

College of Education and Health Services: Helps students become competent health care professionals and future educators to make a difference in the world. Its programs help students develop in self-motivated and committed professionals guided by professional ethics. Offers programs through its School of Education, School of Health Sciences and nutrition and public health departments.

College of Liberal Arts: dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded foundation of the arts, humanities, and social sciences combined with a practical and modern outlook of the world. It houses seven academic departments as well the Core, Scholars, and Writing programs.

College of Science: assists students in developing a better appreciation for the Benedictine approach to science. Its programs help students make connections from different fields to ask questions and solve problems. The college is home to various undergraduate programs in the life and physical sciences as well as mathematical and computational sciences.

Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies: offers an array of program options specifically intended for adult learners to develop necessary critical thinking and problem solving abilities. Offers flexible programs to enable students to pursue their education while maintaining other commitments. The programs are created to provide students with appropriate and practical knowledge that can be immediately applied to careers.


Benedictine University offers various endowed scholarships including the Ed and Mary Ann Allen Memorial Scholarship, Borse Family Scholarship in Leadership, Albert R. and Mary Rita Brusek Memorial Scholarship for Freshman Students of Recognized Potential, Anthony P. Castino Memorial Scholarship, Cooper Industries Endowed Scholarship in History, Federal NEH Humanities Scholarship, Philip F. and Lorayne M. Flynn Scholarship, Robert and Barbara Griesser Scholarship, Dr. James J. Hazdra Memorial Scholarship Fund, Leo and Rose Kappel Scholarship, Paul W. Meyer Scholarship, and Dr. Cheryl B. Richardson Scholarship Award. The university also offers scholarships for students majoring in a specific area.

Financing Options

Benedictine University participates in several financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal PLUS Loan, Federal Work Study Program, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Additionally, the university offers interest-free monthly payment plans options through the Tuition Pay Plan.

Credit Earning Options

Benedictine University grants credits for previous coursework completed at other regionally accredited colleges and universities. Courses must be similar in content to courses offered at Benedictine University and have received a grade of at least a C in the major area or writing skills requirements and at least a D in all other areas. The university also grants credits for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) examinations.