Benedictine College

A Catholic, Benedictine, residential liberal arts college in Atchison, Kansas, sponsored by the monks of St. Benedict's Abbey and the sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News World Report, The Newman Guide, and Colleges of Distinction Guidebook.

Benedictine College
Benedictine College (photo: Benedictine College)

📍1020 North 2nd Street, Atchison, KS 66002

📞 (800) 467-5340

🌐 Benedictine College Website


No. of Students: 2,210

No. of Majors/Areas of Study: 50

Mandatum: Yes

Daily or Weekly Eucharistic Adoration: Yes

Places Where Students Can Study Abroad: Official Benedictine College campus in Florence, Italy; Campion College in Sydney, Australia; Catholic Institute of Higher Education in La Roche-sur-Yon, France; Abat Oliba University in Barcelona, Spain; Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland; University of Torino in Turin, Italy; Catholic University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain; plus the International Student Exchange Program with more than 300 colleges and universities in 50 countries

Annual Cost of Tuition: $34,000

Typical % of students who receive scholarships and/or typical amount of financial aid: 99%

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13:1


Why Benedictine

As one of the few Newman-approved Catholic colleges in America, Benedictine College has become a model of ministry and student life programming for other colleges. It features a School of Engineering, School of Nursing, School of Business, plus architecture, graphic design, criminology, theology, music and more than 50 majors. 

The Institution:

  • President's Oath
  • Catholic Board
  • Catholic Faculty
  • Mandatum Required
  • Theologians' Oath

Campus Culture:

  • Mass and Confession
  • Speakers Vetted
  • Unobjectionable Clubs
  • No Coed Dorms
  • Health Services Okay

School’s Comments:

Institution:  Benedictine College, now the largest private college in Kansas, is a mission-driven school launching a new generation of Catholic leaders. Since 2012, the college has built five new academic buildings, including a 100,000-square-foot science and engineering building, six new residence halls, four new chapels, a student recreation center and an observatory and has renovated every sports facility. The college has added architecture, graphic design and banking to its list of majors and also added Great Books, STEM fellows and honors programs. It is proud of its women’s lacrosse team, which won the 2022 NAIA National Championship. Benedictine College is rated as the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal and one of the top colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, and it is one of only 20 schools recommended by The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

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