Benedictine University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Benedictine University

Benedictine University is a mid-sized private institution located in Lisle, Illinois. Its students can choose from 55 bachelor’s degree options, 15 master’s degree programs, and four doctoral degree options. Professional majors in health, nursing, and business are most popular among undergraduates. Still, the institution also offers a wide range of both professional majors and traditional areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences. Academics are backed by a 15 to 1 student/faculty ratio. The institution has kept on top of 21st-century educational trends and has many online offerings, especially at the graduate level. Its students stay involved outside of the classroom, as the institution is home to over 40 student clubs and organizations. The Benedictine Eagles play in the NCAA Division III Northern Athletic Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 4,940 (2,7181 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male/54% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $34,290
  • Books: $1,510
  • Room and Board: $9,480
  • Other Expenses: $3,080
  • Total Cost: $48,360

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 69%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,566
    • Loans: $7,590

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 72%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 1%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 33%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 47%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Benedictine University Admissions

Students with good grades and good test scores are likely to be admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Half of the students submit SAT scores while half submit ACT scores. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • Benedictine University Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 490/598
    • SAT Math: 490/590
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Overall: 20/25
    • ACT English: 18/25
    • ACT Math: 18/25
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Benedictine University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Benedictine University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Benedictine University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Old Dominion University, Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Benedictine University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to Benedictine University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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