U.S. News Ranks Benedictine College in the Top 10

Monday, September 18, 2023

US News and World Report LogoAtchison, Kan. (Sept. 18, 2023) – Benedictine College has jumped into the Top 10 in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” and is ranked #8 in the Midwest. The rankings, published by U.S. News Media Group, list 74 colleges in the Midwest Division of Best Regional Colleges. Benedictine College has been a U.S. News “Best College” since 2007 and is currently the highest ranked Catholic college in the division and the highest ranked college or university in Kansas. U.S. News & World Report also lists Benedictine College as a Best Value school and a top performer in social media. The complete rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

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 19 indicators of excellence, and help consumers evaluate and compare data compiled from more than 1,500 accredited four-year schools.

“Benedictine College is pleased to be named a Top 10 college by U.S. News & World Report,” said Stephen D. Minnis, president of Benedictine College. “Additional recognition from The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Forbes, The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, and others is a clear indication that we are becoming a great Catholic college and our graduates will help transform culture in America.”

Benedictine College’s peer reputation is at an all-time high with record enrollment, the announcement of an agreement to build an independent medical school on the Atchison campus, and construction already underway on a new college library that will triple the space of the old facility. Recently, the college also completed construction of Westerman Hall, a top-rated science and engineering facility, as well as two new row houses and a new men’s residence hall.

At the same time, Benedictine has earned full ABET accreditation for its electrical, mechanical, chemical and civil engineering programs and its Nursing School was named the best in Kansas. 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, and the best private college in Kansas, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts colleges located on a wooded 120-acre campus on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kan. The school is known for its 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 www.benedictine.edu.

MEDIA CONTACT: Benedictine College, Steve Johnson, stevej@benedictine.edu 913.360.7415