2008
Record number of new students ready to meet challenge at Benedictine

Record number of new students ready to meet challenge at Benedictine
September 19, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Benedictine University has enrolled a record freshman class for the fourth consecutive year. Four hundred twenty-seven freshmen began fall classes at Benedictine University, compared to 403 who started the fall term one year ago and the 261 who started the fall term as recently as 1999. Seventeen percent, or 75 members of this year’s freshmen class, ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes. “It is exciting to welcome another record, quality freshman class to campus,” said Kari Gibbons, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management. “These students reflect the reputation Benedictine University enjoys academically, professionally, and as an institution which embraces diversity.” Fifty-three percent of the freshmen enrolled are female. Forty-six percent of the freshmen are minorities with Asians comprising the largest group at 27 percent. Seventy-five percent are from the suburbs of Chicago and 48 percent commute. The majority of freshmen (39 percent) intend to pursue a major in the sciences, but business (11 percent), social sciences (11 percent) and education (8 percent) grew in popularity. Benedictine University also welcomed a record number of students who transferred from community colleges and other four-year institutions. Three hundred and five students began the fall term at Benedictine after beginning their post-secondary careers elsewhere. The previous record of transfer students who enrolled at the University was 262 in 2007. Fifty-seven percent of the transfer students are female. Thirty-one percent are minorities with Asians comprising the largest group at 20 percent. Ninety-six of the students transferred from College of DuPage. Students also transferred from University of Illinois-Chicago (nine), DePaul (seven), and Northern Illinois and University of Illinois-Champaign (four each). Thirty-eight percent of the transfer students who responded to a survey of the field of interest indicated science as their No. 1 choice, with business (21 percent) and education and health (17 percent) showing significant gains.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.