Points of Excellence
Building one of the great Catholic Colleges in America
• Benedictine College has launched Benedictine 2020: A Vision for Greatness, our plan to build one of the great Catholic colleges in America by focusing on academic excellence. (Benedictine.edu/2020)
• The college is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, one of the 50 states’ best 100 by TheBestSchools.org, as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and The Newman Guide among others.
• Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis celebrates his 10th anniversary in 2014. Recent honors: Participant, Vatican Church in America conference; U.S. bishops’ Ex Corde Ecclesia panel;Ingram’s magazine, “50 Kansans You Should Know”; Bishop LeBlond High School Golden Eagle Alumni Achievement Award; St. Benedict’s Abbey Lumen Vitae Award.
• The college’s alumni are recognized around the world for their contributions to society. Find a full listing of notable alumni here. Since 2000, alumni achievements include:
- More than 100 pursued vocations to the priesthood or religious life.
- 13 bank presidents, including Tom Hoenig, former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a current director of the FDIC.
- 8 university presidents, including Boise State, San Jose State and the University of Pittsburgh
- 7 bishops, including Bishop Andrew Cozzens, St. Paul-Minneapolis.
- 2 Kansas Secretaries of Commerce, William Thornton and Patrick George.
- 1 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the late Wangari Maathai.
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• Benedictine College’s enrollment has increased for 17 consecutive years. This year’s enrollment of over 1,800 full-time undergraduates triples its enrollment of 22 years ago.
• More than 80% of undergraduate students live on campus in the college’s strong residential tradition.
• The college has opened 11 new residence halls since the year 2000 including the new Our Lady of Guadalupe Hall with its park and fountain.
• The campus this year opened an impressive new Dining Hall and clock tower in the center of campus.
• Head football coach Larry Wilcox remains Kansas’ all-time winningest four-year college coach.
• Current HAAC coaches of the year: Robert Herringer, Men’s Soccer; Ryan Moody, Men’s Basketball; Lincoln Roble, Women’s Soccer; Darrin Schmitz, Track & Field; Larry Wilcox, Football.
• Current HAAC conference titles: Men’s Basketball, Football, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer.
• Nine varsity sports teams received NAIA Scholar Team recognition. Benedictine College student-athletes average a higher than 3.10 GPA.
• Benedictine College started the Benedictine Raven Network and now stream Benedictine sports’ competitions over the Internet for fans to watch nationwide.
• Arrowhead Stadium invited the Benedictine Ravens to face Baker in the NAIA Gridiron Challenge Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at 7 p.m.
The Flagship College of the New Evangelization
• Benedictine College was chosen to lead the 2014 March for Life in Washington, D.C., and sent eight buses that traveled 48 hours round trip in an epic journey featured on EWTN, The Washington Post and USA Today.
• Benedictine College was honored by being one of the few schools selected to participate in both the U.S. bishops’ Higher Education Committee discussions and the Church in America conference at the Vatican.
• The college renamed its student union the St. John Paul II Student Center on his canonization day.
• The Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization held in Spring 2014 on the Benedictine College campus in Atchison, Kan., featured top national speakers including Dr. David Bentley Hart, author, theologian, philosopher and cultural commentator.
• Benedictine College’s Sarah Swafford is a nationally sought speaker whose miniseries “The Heart of Relationships” is set to premiere on EWTN television.
• In the last five years, 67 alumni have gone on to seminary or religious life.
• Since 2010, the college’s RCIA program has brought 48 students into the fullness of the Catholic faith.
• Hundreds of students travelled for their faith to such places as New Mexico, North Dakota, Belize, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, the Philippines, India, Brazil, and Rwanda.
• The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) was founded on Benedictine College’s campus. Last year, about 650 students participated in FOCUS Bible studies and discipleships.
• The Hunger Coalition, which was founded here after Blessed Mother Teresa’s 1981 visit, signed up 411 students in its skip-a-meal program last year and served over 10,000 meals to the needy in Atchison.
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• Benedictine College’s Fall 2014 academic convocation featured as keynote speaker bestselling author Patrick Lencioni. (More here.)
• The Wisdom of Ages exhibit on campus in Fall 2014 featured rare copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and other original documents of historic significance. (More here.)
• President Stephen D. Minnis and Dr. Joseph Wurtz’ Leadership and Organizational Change course has brought a variety of leaders to Benedictine College, including Royals General Manager Dayton More, Medal of honor awardee Colonel Rodger Donlon and entrepreneur Mary Carol Garrity.
• The Benedictine College Great Books Program, in its Launch Phase in 2014-2015, leads students through the foundational works of Western thought.
• Dozens of our professors rank in the top 10% of the national IDEA faculty evaluations yearly.
• Dr. Darrin Muggli, Chairman of Benedictine College Engineering was recently named on his Third Patent. Dr. Muggli built the ABET-accredited program in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering through a landmark agreement with University of North Dakota.
• The college offers students the opportunity to study abroad at its Florence, Italy, campus as well as making available other study abroad programs in 50 countries.
• The freshman class entering in 2013 has the highest average ACT scores and GPA in the school’s history.
• Dr. Andrew Swafford, of the Theology Department, published Nature and Grace: A New Approach to Thomistic Ressourcement (Pickwick, 2014) a book recommended by theologian Dr. Scott Hahn.
• Dave Geenens, chair of the School of Business, has published Nothing Is Free: A Business Leadership & Free Market Fable (Inhance Press, 2013), a book recommended by leading Kansas City Businessmen.