U.S. News Ranks Benedictine College in Top 15

This article is from 2016. See 2019 U.S. News ranking here.

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 & World Report named Benedictine College No. 13 overall in “Regional Colleges Midwest,” No. 5 in  “Best Undergraduate Teaching,” and No. 193 in Engineering Programs with no doctorate. The college is also listed as a Best Value school in the Midwest. The college’s rankings are available here.

Benedictine College has been advancing its mission of community, faith and scholarship through its transformative plan Benedictine 2020: A Vision for Greatness. This year alone:


  • This year the new Murphy Student Recreation Center has become one of the most popular spots on campus — particularly in the cold winter months.
  • Benedictine college was able to welcome nearly two dozen St. Gregory’s University students when our sister Benedictine institution in Oklahoma closed last semester.
  • The college upgraded seating and game-day experience in Ralph Nolan Gymnasium and Larry Wilcox Stadium, making Benedictine College a premier NAIA sports facility.


  • Donations allowed the college to build the St. George Chapel for students in Newman Hall, the third residence hall chapel we have added in the past five years.
  • This year Benedictine sent students on 20 mission trips to eight Countries, and three continents. More than 1 in 3 students has gone on a Benedictine College mission trip.
  • The college welcomed a record number of participants to campus for its Seventh Annual Symposium on the New Evangelization in April.


  • With the help of visiting Vatican astronomers, Benedictine dedicated the Daglen Observatory west of campus.
  • When the new facility is completed this school year, Benedictine College will have America’s finest small-college science and engineering building, one of five new academic buildings in the past six years.
  • Benedictine College has gotten attention for significant academic honors this year. History chair Dr. John Romano was awarded the Rome Prize, which has been called “the Pulitzer Prize of the Humanities.” Hannah Voss, class of 2018, was a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist.

“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.”

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

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.