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Benedictine College a "High-Caliber Hidden Gem” College in Kansas

Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A prominent college search website, College Raptor Inc., has named Benedictine College the best “hidden gem” institution in Kansas. The company defines “hidden gems” as high-caliber colleges and universities which receive fewer than 5,000 applicants per year but have a total enrollment greater than 1,000.

The top “hidden gem” in each state was determined by analyzing colleges based on their enrollment and application data submitted to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The announcement is meant to call attention to institutions which may be overlooked by many students, but stand out in terms of academic rigor and student success.

“We are excited about the latest ranking for Benedictine College,” said Stephen D. Minnis, Benedictine’s president. “It is another affirmation that everything we are doing is working. We are becoming one of the great Catholic colleges in America.”

Benedictine College was also named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, as well as one of the top 20 colleges in the country by First Things magazine. In addition, Benedictine College has been named one of the top 20 Catholic colleges in the nation by the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College and was named a “College of Distinction” by Four Distinctions LLC, a company dedicated to higher education.

Benedictine College was one of 49 institutions recognized across the country by College Raptor. Each institution also received an overall ranking of quality based on academic and outcome data, including graduation rate, selectivity, student-to-faculty ratio and other factors. One college was named from each state, with the exception of Alaska, which did not have an institution meeting the criteria for recognition.

College Raptor is the only college search platform that allows users to estimate their individual “net” cost for attending every four-year college in the United States. As a result, students and their families discover quality college options they might never have considered because of a lack of awareness or financial concern. For more information about College Raptor, visit

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.