Benedictine Jumps Up in US News Rankings | Benedictine College

Benedictine Jumps Up in US News Rankings

Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Atchison, Kan. (Sept. 13, 2011) – For the fifth consecutive year, Benedictine College has been named to the top tier of colleges and universities in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News Media Group. Benedictine jumped up to #27 out of 97 institutions in the Midwest Regional Colleges category. The exclusive rankings are available today online at The 350-page guide will be available on newsstands on Sept. 20.

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 considering higher education opportunities, which can be a challenging financial decision for many today. Using a proprietary methodology, the annual U.S. News 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.

The college has been busy, welcoming the largest incoming freshman class in its history, as well as the largest fulltime undergraduate enrollment in history. Construction is now nearing completion on the new 58,000-square-foot Academic Center, the college’s signature building on the bluff overlooking the Missouri River.

“We’re growing, anticipating our fourth year of record-setting attendance, adding new facilities, and still maintaining a tremendous sense of community and faith,” said Stephen D. Minnis, president of Benedictine College. “Being named to the U.S. News list, along with the First Things top twenty colleges list, the Colleges of Distinction list and the Newman Guide to Catholic Colleges list has definitely helped us attract more students. It is an exciting time at Benedictine.”

Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts colleges located on a wooded 120-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