Benedictine University

5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

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Main telephone 630-829-6000
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Public or private Private
Type of school University
Denomination Catholic
Date founded 1887
Degrees offered Certificate or diploma, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate, Other advanced degrees
School accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Setting Suburban (within commuting distance of a large city)
Closest major metropolitan area Chicago
Campus size 108 acres
County Du Page
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Number of full time, freshmen men 184
Number of full time, freshmen women 160
Total number of full time freshmen 344
Number of part time, freshmen men 0
Number of part time, freshmen women 3
Total number of part time freshmen 3
Total number of freshmen men 184
Total number of freshmen women 163
Total number of freshmen 347
Number of full time, undergraduate men 1,007
Number of full time, undergraduate women 1,124
Total number of full time undergraduates 2,131
Number of part time, undergraduate men 139
Number of part time, undergraduate women 223
Total number of part time undergraduates 362
Total number of undergraduate males 1,146
Total number of undergraduate females 1,347
Total number of undergraduate students 2,493
Number of male graduate students 579
Number of female graduate students 1,573
Total number of graduate students 2,152
Total number of male undergraduate and graduate students 1,725
Total number of female undergraduate and graduate students 2,920
Total enrollment 4,645
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1%
Asian 15%
Black 8%
Hispanic 18%
White 42%
Race/ethnicity unknown 11%
These figures reflect responses of people who chose to indicate their racial-ethnic background. All categories except Hispanic represent non-Hispanic students. International students are not included in these figures so they may not add up to 100 percent.
Percentage of students from out of state 12%
Percentage of students from outside the US 1%
Percentage of students 25 or older 17%
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Tuition year 2020-2021
Full time costs are based on x units per year 30 courses
In-state tuition $32,700
Out-of-state tuition $32,700
Fees $1,590
Books and supplies $1,510
Room and board (live on campus)* $9,920
Board and transportation (live with parents) $3,990
* Room and board costs may vary by housing facility and number of meals in meal plan
Undergraduate costs are for ... (Costs are for the 2020-2021 academic year. Full-time costs are based on 30 courses per year.)
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Financial aid contact person Adrian Gonzalez
Financial aid contact title Director of Financial Aid
Financial aid contact e-mail Email
Financial aid phone 630-829-6415
Financial aid office website Find more information on this website
Scholarship list website Find more information on this website
Submit these forms FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Application deadline (for fall term) February 1
School year financial aid data is from 2019-2020
Average financial aid package awarded to freshmen $25,093
Average amount of financial aid awarded to freshmen
Loan $3,421
Scholarship or grant $11,039
Average financial aid package awarded to undergraduates (including freshmen) $25,511
Average amount of financial aid awarded to undergraduates
Loan $4,285
Scholarship or grant $9,674
* "Need" as defined for financial aid results from a formula based on a student's situation. The formula considers family and student income, family size, unusual expenses, and the school's costs.
Number of freshmen who applied for aid 300
Number of freshmen who received aid 267
Number of undergraduates who applied for aid 1,764
Number of undergraduates who received aid 1,620
Percentage of students who took out loans to pay for school 73%
Average student loan debt for last graduating class $26,447
Federal PLUS loans (for parents) Yes
Federal Stafford loans (subsidized) Yes
Federal Stafford loans (unsubsidized) Yes
Need-based scholarships and grants
Federal Pell Grants Yes
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Yes
State-sponsored scholarships and grants Yes
Merit-based scholarships and grants
School-sponsored scholarships in academics Yes
School-sponsored scholarships in art Yes
School-sponsored scholarships in special achievements Yes
School-sponsored scholarships for special characteristics Yes
Student employment
Work study Yes
Non-proprietary financial aid data are from ... (Financial aid data are for the 2019-2020 academic year.)
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Admissions contact person Karen Campana
Admissions contact title Chief Retention Officer
Admissions contact e-mail Email
Admissions phone (toll free) 888-829-6363
Electronic application website
For incoming students Moderately difficult (about 85% of all applicants accepted)
Number of male applicants 1,946
Number of male applicants accepted 816
Number of male applicants who enrolled 184
Number of female applicants 2,904
Number of female applicants accepted 1,207
Number of female applicants who enrolled 163
Total number of applicants 4,850
Total number of applicants accepted 2,023
Total number of applicants who enrolled 347
High school education High school diploma required and GED accepted.
Fall* application deadline Continuous
Notification date for fall admission applicants Continuous
Fall transfer application deadline Continuous
Notification date for fall transfer applicants Continuous
* Application dates for winter, spring, or summer term admission are likely to be different.
Online application available
Application fee $40
Submit these items:
High school transcript or GED certificate Required for all students
Interview Required for some students
Written essay or personal statement Required for all students
Other application materials Rank in upper 50% of high school class
Other application materials Recommended, but not required
Required exams SAT or ACT
High school GPA Very important
Difficulty of high school courses Very important
Standardized test scores Very important
High school class rank Considered
Recommendations Important
Application essay Very important
Character/personal qualities Considered
Interview Considered
Talent or ability Important
Extracurricular activities Important
Level of applicant's interest Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment Not considered
Work experience Considered
Related to a school graduate Considered
First generation college student Not considered
Racial/ethnic group Not considered
Accepted students can defer admission for a period of time Yes
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject Yes
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Yes
SAT evidence-based reading and writing
400 - 499 35%
500 - 599 49%
600 - 699 14%
700 - 800 2%
SAT math
Under 400 2%
400 - 499 17%
500 - 599 53%
600 - 699 23%
700 - 800 5%
ACT score
12 - 17 17%
18 - 23 46%
24 - 29 31%
30 - 36 6%
Average GPA (on 4.0 scale) 3.31
Percentage in top 50% of their high school class 72%
Percentage in top 25% 36%
Percentage in top 10% 13%
Percentage of freshmen who returned for their sophomore year 69%
Percentage of full-time students who complete their bachelor's degree:
In four years or less 34%
Between four and five years 8%
Between five and six years 2%
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Certificate or diploma Yes
Bachelor's Yes
Master's Yes
Doctorate Yes
Other advanced degrees Yes
Academic calendar Semesters
Number of faculty on campus 401
Student faculty ratio 14:1
Required number of credits for an associate degree 60 semester hours
Required number of credits for a bachelor's degree 120 semester hours
All students must meet:
Core curriculum or school-wide requirements Yes
Foreign language requirement Yes
Internship requirement Depends on major
Math or science requirement Yes
Senior project requirement Depends on major
Evenings Yes
On-line/distance learning Yes
Part time Yes
Summer school Yes
Weekends Yes
Accelerated degree Yes
Double major Yes
Graduate courses open to undergraduates Yes
Honors program Yes
3-2 degree programs (three-year bachelor's degree and two-year master's degree) are available Yes
Engineering Master's at Illinois Institute of Technology
Nursing Yes
Domestic exchange available Yes
Study abroad available Yes
Army ROTC Yes
Advanced Placement Yes
Independent study Yes
Internships Yes
Computers on campus for student use Yes (275)
Computer lab available to students Yes
Online registration for classes Yes
Main library name Benedictine Library
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National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Yes
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Yes
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Choral groups Yes
Drama or theater groups Yes
Newspaper Yes
TV station Yes
Number of student clubs and associations with open membership 50
Largest clubs and organizations on campus Student Senate, MSA-Muslim Student Association, AMSA-American Medical Student Association, The Candor-Student Newspaper, Programming Board
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Percentage of students who live on campus 78%
School owns or operates housing Yes
Highest year that students are required to live on campus Not required
Housing availability for first year students Guaranteed
Housing options Co-ed, men only, women only
Housing is available for students with disabilities Yes
Dorms require a key or code to enter Yes
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English as a Second Language (ESL) program Yes
Remedial education courses Yes
Health clinic Yes
Psychological counseling Yes
Orientation Yes
Housing Yes
Services for students with learning disabilities Yes
24-hour emergency phone and alarms on campus Yes
Campus patrolled by trained security personnel Yes
Late night transport service Yes
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Alumni networking and mentoring Yes
Career counseling Yes
Career interest testing Yes
Career library Yes
Job bank Yes
Job fairs Yes
Job interviews Yes
Job interview preparation Yes
On campus recruitment by employers Yes
Placement assistance Yes
Résumé preparation assistance Yes
Résumé referral to employers Yes
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Number of full time, male graduate students 96
Number of full time, female graduate students 264
Total number of full time graduate students 360
Number of part time, male graduate students 483
Number of part time, female graduate students 1,309
Total number of part time graduate students 1,792
Total number of male graduate students 579
Total number of female graduate students 1,573
Total number of graduate students 2,152
Number of undergraduate men 1,146
Number of undergraduate women 1,347
Total number of undergraduate students 2,493
Total number of male undergraduate and graduate students 1,725
Total number of female undergraduate and graduate students 2,920
Total enrollment 4,645
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