The handful of Benedictine monks who gazed across their newly-purchased school site in 1896 would be amazed at how the school has grown and what it has become. They would be pleased to know that the University continues to bring the Benedictine message to the world, and continues to listen and evolve to meet the growing needs of students.
Throughout its 125-year history, academic excellence has been at the forefront of a Benedictine education, with individual attention and care given to each person by a faculty rich in experience and education and a staff dedicated to the well-being and success of every student. Embracing the Catholic education tradition and Benedictine values, the University continues to prepare students for roles as leaders and citizens in an increasingly global community.
Today, Benedictine is among the most celebrated universities in the country, ranking among the top 20 percent of America's colleges by Forbes magazine. The University has grown from 11 sons of immigrants in the early 1900s to more than 10,000 students of all races, nationalities and religions. Programs are delivered in person and online throughout Illinois, the United States, and in China and Vietnam.
Benedictine University is always evolving, always growing and always leading. For 125 years and into the future, we shall keep the vision of those early monks alive and stand as a global leader in values-based higher education.