Points of Excellence


National Recognition


Building one of the great Catholic colleges in America.

The plan Benedictine 2020: A Vision for Greatness is garnering recognition for Benedictine College:
  • Top 15 Best College — U.S. News & World Report.


  • Best in Kansas–CollegeSimply.com, Best Private–TheBestSchools.org, Hidden Gem–CollegeRaptor.com.


Since 2000, alumni achievements include:
  • 13 bank presidents, including Tom Hoenig ’68, former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and a current vice chairman of the FDIC.


  • 8 university presidents, including Boise State, San Jose State, and the University of Pittsburgh.


  • 7 bishops and 200 pursued religious vocations.


  • 2 Kansas Secretaries of Commerce.


  • 1 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the late Wangari Maathai ’64.




Dynamic Campus Life

  • The college’s newly constructed Student Recreation Center opened in 2016.


  • After two decades consecutive years of enrollment increases, the college has 1,924 undergraduates.


  • Benedictine has opened 10 new residence halls since 2004.


  • The college’s new Dining Hall and Student Success Center opened in the 2014–2015 school year.


  • Benedictine College’s student life program is used as a model for Catholic schools nationwide.


  • Larry Wilcox is Kansas’ all-time winningest four-year college football coach and second-winningest in the NAIA. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in January 2017.


  • The college opened Asher Sports Complex with new facilities for baseball and softball, including the collegiate gothic Olsen Stadium. Varsity Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse were added.


  • Recent HAAC conference titles: Men’s Basketball, Football, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Cross Country, Women's Lacrosse. Women's Soccer and Women's Basketball both made it to the final four in the NAIA national championship tournaments in 2015-2016. Women's soccer returned to the tournament in 2016-2017 and made it to the round of eight.


  • Ten varsity teams were named 2015 NAIA Scholar Teams.


  • ESPN3 and KC channel KSMO have televised at least two Benedictine football games each year for the past two years.




Flagship College of the New Evangelization

  • Consecrated to Our Lady, Benedictine College is the birthplace of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).


  • Benedictine was chosen to represent higher education at the Vatican and the U.S. bishops’ meeting.


  • The Catholic Campus Ministry Association named Benedictine College’s program among the top five campus ministries in the country.


  • Benedictine sends the most students from furthest away to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.


  • 1 in 3 students participate in mission trips, including 14 countries on 4 continents.


  • Benedictine College has built three new chapels in the past five years and added statues of St. Benedict, St. Scholastica, and Our Lady of Grace.


  • Benedictine College enthroned the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue in the newly dedicated Raven Memorial Park in the center of campus.


  • Benedictine College’s Memorare Army for Religious Liberty has gathered 3 million Memorare pledges for religious freedom.


  • The Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization annually brings top scholars and national speakers to campus.


  • The college’s Gregorian Fellows leadership program is launching Catholic leaders in all walks of life.


  • Hundreds of students skip meals weekly to provide 10,000 meals annually to area needy via the Hunger Coalition.




Kansas' Premier Liberal Arts College

  • The college is building what will be the finest science and engineering building of any small college in America -- the fourth new academic building on campus since 2012.


  • Benedictine College has been named an All-Steinway School by Steinway & Sons.


  • The college now offers full-tuition scholarships to National Merit Finalists.


  • Dozens of our professors rank in the top 10% of the national IDEA faculty evaluations each year.


  • Benedictine students are more likely to have an internship, hold a leadership role, study abroad, work directly with a faculty member, and complete a senior project than students at peer schools.


  • Benedictine Engineering was awarded a $250,000 Keck Foundation Grant, totaling $1 million in grant awards since 2009.


  • Students study abroad at our Florence, Italy, campus and Dublin, Ireland campus, plus 50 other countries.


  • The most recent freshman class has the highest average ACT scores in Kansas, and the highest GPA in the school’s history.


  • The college’s 51 majors include Chemical, Electrical, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as Nursing and Architecture.


  • The college has added two endowed professorships in the past two years.


  • Dr. Larry Sutton of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department recently received significant capital funding for his project to battle antibiotic resistant “superbugs.”


  • Benedictine College celebrated a Century of Science in 2016, with the landmark expansion and remodeling of Westerman Hall a key part. The new facade will be completed for fall 2017 and the entire project is scheduled for completion by fall 2018.