Benedictine College Honored as a College of Distinction

Benedictine College Honored as a College of Distinction

Monday, November 17, 2014

Benedictine College has been honored as a College of   Distinction for the 2014-2015 school year. Benedictine is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes.  The award follows Benedictine’s rise to the Top 20 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges in the Midwest and the school’s naming as one of the top 20 Catholic colleges in America by the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

“We’re proud to be honored as a College of Distinction,” said Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis. “Along with other rankings, surveys and feedback from our own students, this tells us we are on the right path. We are striving to meet our vision to become one of the great Catholic colleges in America.”

High school counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction, which then evaluates each school based on qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow and succeed. The selection process reviews such factors as the school’s first year experience, general education program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction.

“We focus on colleges that are deeply dedicated to students' learning,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ offer innovative learning experiences that educate, nurture and transform students."

 To view Benedictine College’s profile or to find more information about the online guide visit

About Colleges of Distinction

Colleges of Distinction is a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents, and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities. Schools are selected based on college counselor recommendations and research, and evaluated on excellence in the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. For more information, visit

About Benedictine College
Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.