US News Ranks Benedictine College One of the Best in the Midwest

US News Ranks Benedictine College One of the Best in the Midwest

Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Atchison, Kan. (Sept. 12, 2017) – For more than 10 years now, Benedictine College has been named to the top tier of colleges and universities in “America’s Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News Media Group.  U.S. News lists 80 colleges in the Midwest Division of the Best Regional Colleges category, and Benedictine moved higher within the Top 20 in the region, landing at #13 on the new list, up a spot from last year and the highest ranked Catholic college in the division. Benedictine is also ranked among the Top 25 "Best Value" colleges in the Midwest. 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.

“We are pleased to again be named one of America’s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report,” said Stephen D. Minnis, president of Benedictine College. “It is another indication of our commitment to excellence in all things. From our All-Steinway School designation, to being named a Top 20 Catholic college by The Newman Guide, to the construction of an observatory and state-of-the-art science and engineering building, and even our national rankings in athletics; everything points to Benedictine College becoming one of the great Catholic colleges in America.”

Benedictine College has been busy in the past year as work continues on the renovation and expansion of Westerman Hall, the science and engineering building. The $24 million project is the largest in the school’s history and adds 40,000 square feet to the existing 60,000. Upon completion in fall 2018, the new building will be the finest science and engineering facility of any small college in America, allowing Benedictine to continue growing in the sciences, engineering and architecture. Benedictine College has nearly doubled in enrollment in the past 10 years and is now the largest private college in Kansas according to the Kansas Independent Colleges Association.

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