Benedictine College Named as One of the Top 20 Catholic Colleges in America

Published: Friday, August 17, 2007

Benedictine College was named as one of the top Master's institutions in the Midwest in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” published by U.S.News & World Report, the nation’s leading source of service journalism and news.  The exclusive rankings were published in the magazine’s August 27 issue and are available online.

The annual rankings – in which U.S. News groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching – provide an unmatched resource for parents and students contemplating one of life’s most challenging financial decisions.  Using a proprietary methodology, the annual U.S.News & World Report rankings represent the most comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence, and help consumers evaluate and compare data compiled from more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools.

“This is the first year Benedictine College has been recognized in U.S.News & World Report and it’s a clear indication that this school is on the path to becoming one of the great Catholic colleges in America,” said Stephen D. Minnis, president of Benedictine College.  “We’re expanding our curriculum and offering new majors, we’ve opened a study-abroad campus in Florence, we’re adding new facilities, and all that is attracting more students.  It’s an exciting time at Benedictine.”

Benedictine College was ranked in the top tier of Best Universities - Master's (Midwest) and ranked number one in its category in percentage of classes under 20 (87%) and in percentage of classes over 50 (0%).  The college was also in the top ten in average alumni giving rate (23%).

“We’re pleased that, in conjunction with our growth, we’ve been able to maintain the small class sizes and personal attention from our professors,” Minnis said.  “We’re very proud that Benedictine College is known for its close sense of community and we’re not going to change that.”

“For nearly a quarter century, consulting the U.S.News & World Report rankings has been a vital first step for prospective college students and their parents in the complex process of determining which institution best fits their goals,” said U.S.News & World Report’s editor, Brian Kelly. “Designed as a one-stop resource, the rankings supply hard data and analysis to help college applicants make apples-to-apples comparisons of schools across the country.”

About Benedictine College

Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on a wooded 110-acre campus in Atchison, Kansas.  The school prides itself on outstanding academics, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  The college traces its roots to 1858 and has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.  More information is available on the Benedictine website at

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