Points of Excellence

Benedictine College's Dining Hall with Elizabeth Hall in the background

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.

Lists & Rankings:

  • Top 15 Best College — U.S. News & World Report.
  • Newman Guide — One of America’s best Catholic colleges.
  • Best in Kansas — CollegeSimply.com
  • Best Private — TheBestSchools.org
  • Hidden Gem — CollegeRaptor.com
  • A Top 50 Nursing Program and a Top 25 Great Books Program.

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.

Community | Dynamic Campus Life

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

New Recreation Center. The college’s newly constructed Murphy Recreation Center opened in 2016.

Enrollment increase. After two decades of enrollment increases, the college this year welcomed a record number of Freshman and a record total enrollment.

New Residence Halls. Benedictine has opened 10 new residence halls since 2004.

New sports facilities: Baseball and softball fields and stands, football press box, soccer locker rooms and press box, basketball seating and scoreboards, and a wrestling room.

New Dining Hall was recently added, along with Benedetto’s Restaurant.

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.

Recent HAAC conference titles: 13 Conference titles and 7 NAIA tournament titles in 5 years. last season, Women’s Soccer played in the final game of the national tournament.

All-Scholar Teams. Nine varsity teams were named 2017 NAIA Scholar Teams. Nine varsity teams were named 2017 NAIA Scholar Teams. 152 Ravens were Daktronics-NAIA scholar athletes in 5 years.

All-Conference. 806 all-conference student athletes in 5 years.

Major League Baseball Recruit. Raven slugger Matthew Jarecki was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2018.

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

Faith | Flagship College of the New Evangelization

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

Top 5. The Catholic Campus Ministry Association named Benedictine College’s program among the top five campus ministries in the country.

New chapels. The college has built three new chapels since 2012.

Sacred art.The Sacred Heart (sculpture by E. Spencer Schubert) was enthroned on campus. The college added outdoor statues of St. Benedict, St. Scholastica, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and Our Lady of Grace.

Faith leadership. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan was the college’s 2016 commencement speaker. Benedictine was chosen to represent higher education at the Vatican and U.S. bishops’ meetings.

March for Life. Benedictine recently led the March for Life in Washington, D.C., where it sends the most students from furthest away.

Service. One in three  students participate in mission trips, including 14 countries on four continents. Hundreds of students skip meals weekly to provide 10,000 meals annually to area needy via the Hunger Coalition.

The 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.

Scholarship | One of America’s Best Colleges

51 majors include Chemical, Electrical, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as Nursing and Architecture.

Science Building. The college is completing construction of the finest science and engineering building of any small college in America. 

Benedictine 2020. Since 2012: Five new academic buildings including the new Daglen Observatory, two endowed professorships, and graduate placement services.

Top students. The most recent freshman class has the highest average ACT scores in Kansas, and the highest GPA in the school’s history. 35 National Merit Finalists receive full-tuition scholarships to Benedictine College.

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

Rome Prize. History Department Chair John Romano in 2018 was awarded the prestigious Rome Prize, which has been called “the Pulitzer Prize of the Humanities.”

Real Engineering. Engineering faculty at Benedictine College include 7 PhD professors with 11 patents. 9 of 10 Raven Engineers are offered jobs as students.

Graduate Acceptance. 100% Medical school acceptance rate. 100% CPA Pass rate. 100% Nuring boards passed.

New species. The National Science Foundation awarded Graduate Research Fellowships to two students who discovered a new species of microscopic tardigrades.

Superbugs. Dr. Larry Sutton recently received two antibiotic patents to battle “superbugs.”

Science mission. To be the Catholic, liberal arts college that educates engineers, doctors, scientists and health care professionals for the 21st century.

Observatory.  Vatican astronomers helped inaugurate our Astronomy Departments new Daglen Observatory.

All-Steinway School. Named an All-Steinway School by Steinway & Sons. 

Study abroad opportunities include our Florence, Italy, campus plus 50 other countries.

Rhodes Scholar Finalist. Hannah Voss last year reached the finals of the Rhodes Scholarship competition.

Leadership. 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.