Small campus feel.

Big campus opportunities.

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Transformation of the Heart and Mind

A Benedictine education is built on the foundational belief that a balanced and spiritually rich life will lead to the fulfillment of human potential through the transformation of the heart and mind.

Benedictine hallmarks

Love  •  Prayer  •  Stability  •  Conversatio (Transformation)  •  Obedience  •  Discipline  •  Humility  •   Stewardship  •  Hospitality  •  Community

Empowered to Have a Voice

“I love how Benedictine is both small and growing at the same time. Meeting my teachers has been great. They really empower students to have a voice on campus. BenU isn’t just a community you are part of–you ARE the community and you have an active role in shaping the culture.”

– Nathan Dossantos, Class of 2023

Academics

Small class sizes, an intellectually diverse community, and passionate, engaging professors who know you by name. Welcome to academic life at Ben-U.

With 130+ programs of study in STEM, Health, Business, the Liberal Arts, and Education, BenU has something for everyone.

Explore our academic programs to find your degree path, career options, and classes offered.

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We Are Passionate About Affordability

Worried about how you’ll pay for college?

Benedictine University is dedicated to making the path to a college degree accessible to anyone who wants to join our community.

That’s why we work with our students to help them get the financial assistance they need to afford a Benedictine education.

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is readily available for qualifying students seeking assistance.

Scholarships

Benedictine University awarded $27.9 million in Scholarships last year.

Tuition Calculator

Use the tuition calculator to estimate your costs, including tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, meals, and other related expenses.

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is readily available for qualifying students seeking assistance.

Scholarships

Benedictine University awarded $27.9 million in Scholarships last year.

Tuition Calculator

Use the tuition calculator to estimate your costs, including tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, meals, and other related expenses.

Easy to Get Involved

“Because BenU is such a small community, meeting people and getting engaged in student life was so much easier than at a huge university. My experience getting involved at BenU was so great that I was motivated to run for and win the office of Student Government President!”

– Brianna Rivera, Class of 2023, MBA Class of 2025

Student Life

Get involved on campus, make a difference through community volunteer work, and discover everything BenU has to offer our students.

Athletics

Benedictine University is a proud charter member of the NCAA Division III Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry supports the spiritual lives of all members of the Benedictine University community.

Clubs & Organizations

Make the most of your time at Ben U.

Our Mission

“For 137 years, Benedictine University has provided values-driven education that inspires learners to become leaders and transforms communities through innovative work in science and health care, business and civic engagement.”

– Dr. Joseph J. Foy, Benedictine University President

Benedictine By the Numbers

11:1

Student-Faculty Ratio

(Lisle)

9:1

Student-Faculty Ratio

(Mesa)

20-40

Average Class Size

70%

Graduates Who Are Working Or In Graduate School 6 Months After Graduation

Do I have to be Catholic to attend Benedictine University?

Absolutely not. We welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds.

Many of our students regularly participate in interfaith dialogues and events.

If you’re a person of faith, we welcome you.

If you’re agnostic, an atheist, or you prefer no label, we welcome you, too.

We believe our students can appreciate and grow from our Catholic heritage regardless of their spiritual beliefs.

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Our Commitment to Your Future

Growth Oriented Community

Benedictine nurtures the intellectual, social, and professional growth of our students, supporting them on their unique scholastic journeys.

Real World Knowledge + Skills

Benedictine students don’t just study theories in their classrooms. They also gain real world experience through internships, career-related student employment, and even by building their own businesses.

Strong Connections

Our small student-faculty ratio means students are never lost in the crowd. BenU professors are open and passionate about getting to know their students so they can guide them toward the best path for success.

Foundation for Lifelong Success

From empowering students with the confidence to take risks to getting students connected to opportunities in real time, Benedictine secures a strong foundation for long-term student success.

Benedictine Events & News

Toya Webb

Alumna Toya Webb Appointed Chief of Staff-Vice President of Strategy

Congratulations goes out to Dr. Toya Webb (Ed.D. '20, Higher Education and Organizational Change)...

Campuses & Locations

Lisle, IL

BenU’s Lisle campus is a vibrant academic community nestled in a picturesque suburban setting, offering a diverse range of programs and a rich experience.

Mesa, AZ

BenU’s Mesa campus is an innovative and expanding educational hub in the heart of Arizona, blending personalized learning with a strong sense of community.

China & Vietnam

Benedictine University has been partnered with universities in China and Vietnam to offer graduate-level degree programs for more than 10 years.

Online

Fully online adult undergraduate and graduate programs allow students to attend at their convenience, at their own pace, and on their own schedule. Students can also attend part-time.

Discover your future at BenU