Benedictine University was founded by the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago in 1887. The Benedictine Order bears the name of St. Benedict, born in 480, who is acknowledged as the father of western monasticism. In 528, he established the famed monastery of Monte Cassino.
At Benedictine University, we help you define your future through career-focused educational programs presented in a cutting-edge, engaging online format with personalized attention, support and learning resources. As a student and a graduate, you will always be a valued member of the Benedictine community.
Benedictine is known for consistently pushing the education envelope. We were one of the first schools to launch a fully online degree program and one of the first to adopt the latest in learning management technology. We’re adding campuses across the globe and adding programs based on industry demand.
As an alumnus, you can benefit from career services, networking opportunities and much more. The center of all this activity is the Alumni Community, where you can find:
The moment you request information from us you will receive personalized support from a program manager who will answer your specific questions and help you through the admissions process. After your first week of class, you will then be introduced to your student services coordinator who will provide support and resources to assist you on your educational journey all the way through to graduation.
Benedictine University is located 25 miles outside Chicago within one of the safest areas of Illinois. This location allows students to experience both the safety and beauty of suburban life in Lisle, and the close availability of metropolitan life in Chicago.
The University is located just 25 minutes from downtown Chicago and two miles from the train station. Chicago is known for its diverse culture that is welcoming to all. All ethnic groups are represented in the architecture, exhibits, festivals, and restaurants around the city. It is easy to find a little piece of home wherever you go.
All Major U.S. Professional SportsThe Cubs and White Sox (baseball), Fire (soccer), Blackhawks and Wolves (hockey), Bears (football), Condors (women's basketball) and the six-time World Champion Chicago Bulls (men's basketball).
Benedictine University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; the Illinois State Board of Education, Teacher Certification Section; the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association; the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Benedictine University is approved by the American Chemical Society to award ACS certified B.S. degrees in chemistry and biochemistry.
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