Benedictine College

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1020 N. Second Street

Atchison, KS 66002

Phone: (913) 367-5340
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#30 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Benedictine College is a private institution that was founded in 1859. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,086, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 120 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Benedictine College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 30. Its tuition and fees are $23,900 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):


Benedictine College is located in Atchison, Kansas, on a beautiful 110 acre campus on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. The college's commitment to the development of the individual within community provides our students with the principles, knowledge and skills for a life of learning, leadership and service, so "that in all things God may be glorified."

Heir to the 1500 years of Benedictine dedication to learning, the Benedictine College mission as a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts, residential college is the education of men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

The two sponsoring institutions of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery and St. Benedict's Abbey are both Benedictine communities and the presence of the sisters and monks on the faculty, in administration, and just on campus brings the Rule of St. Benedict to the forefront on a daily basis. There are 10 core values from the Rule on which Benedictine College builds its foundation. In addition, the entire institution is guided by the vision of building one of the great Catholic colleges in America.

-Benedictine College is rated one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
-The Cardinal Newman Society lists Benedictine College as one of America's Best Catholic Colleges in their collegiate guide.
-Alumnae Wangari Maathaii (1964) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, making Benedictine College the only Catholic college in America to graduate a Nobel Peace Laureate.
-Benedictine College was named a "best buy in faithfulness and affordability" by the Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education.
-In March 2012 the college opened a state-of-the-art academic center. The just-completed Investing in Excellence campaign raised over $70M.
-In 2010 Benedictine College dedicated the Mother Teresa Center for Nursing and Health Education, the facility housing the Benedictine College's new nursing program.
-- Benedictine 2020: A Vision for Greatness is our strategic plan that challenges us to take the College to a whole new level. Benedictine 2020 focuses on achieving academic excellence by a four-pronged approach (1) recruiting, retaining, and developing one of the great Catholic college faculties in America; (2) enroll, engage and educate students capable of transforming the world through intellectual, personal and spiritual greatness; (3) build, maintain and beautify the facilities and technological infrastructure needed to serve our mission with excellence amd (4) to dramatically increase the college's endowment.
--The College's alumni are recognized around the world for their contributions to society. In addition to Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathaii,
Thomas Hoenig, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Terrance Gainer, U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms
Charles Ray, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe
Michael Haverty, Executive Chairman of Kansas City Southern
Carolyn Watley, President of CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services
Bob Veale, former Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star
Matt Anthony, CEO of VML
Patrick Carr, President of Hallmark-Canada
Thomas Hoopes, former editor of the National Catholic Register and Faith and Family magazine
Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher, Director of the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Patrick George, Kansas Secretary of Commerce
Seven alums currently serve as Presidents of colleges and universities.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1859
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $16,615,419


When applying to Benedictine College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Benedictine College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 61 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Benedictine College is 16:1, and the school has 44.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Benedictine College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Social Sciences; Theology and Religious Vocations; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 43%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Education 17%
Social Sciences 10%
Theology and Religious Vocations 8%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Benedictine College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,086, with a gender distribution of 46.7 percent male students and 53.3 percent female students. At this school, 85 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 15 percent of students live off campus. Benedictine College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,149
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Benedictine College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Benedictine College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Benedictine College, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Benedictine College.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Benedictine College, 72.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,222.

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Tuition and fees $23,900 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,295 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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