Benedictine College Ranked in Top 20 by US News

Benedictine College Ranked in Top 20 by U.S. News

Published: Thursday, October 8, 2015

For the ninth consecutive year, Benedictine College has been named to the top tier of colleges and universities in the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News Media Group.  U.S. News lists 107 colleges in the Midwest Regional Colleges category, and Benedictine moved higher within the Top 20 in the region, landing at #18 on the new list, up two spots. The complete rankings are available online at

The annual rankings – in which U.S. News groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching – provide a resource for parents and students considering higher education opportunities. 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.

Benedictine College has been busy in the past year, welcoming the largest fulltime undergraduate enrollment in history at more than 1,850 students. The college recently completed new state-of-the-art athletic facilities for baseball and softball and is in the process of building a new student recreation center. Benedictine College has grown by nearly 100% in the past 10 years and is now the largest private college in Kansas according to the Kansas Independent Colleges Association.

“We have seen an explosion of top rankings this year, not just from U.S. News & World Report, but also from the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College and the Colleges of Distinction guidebook,” said Stephen D. Minnis, president of Benedictine College. “On top of that, we were named an All-Steinway School this year, indicating our commitment to excellence in both music education and college-wide.”

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.