Benedictine College

Set in a peaceful, beautiful wooded campus 45 minutes from Kansas City, exemplary business/entrepreneurship program and an excellent ESL Transition Program.

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1,300 undergraduates; 100 postgraduate students 45 minutes from Kansas City, a major Midwestern hub with access to Chicago, St. Louis and other exciting metropolitan areas Student faculty ration 15:1 47 majors; exemplary business/entrepreneurship program MBA program Excellent ESL Transition Program with maximum 15 credits. Peaceful, beautiful wooded campus situated on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River Population of Atchison 12,000 Winner of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai, is a Benedictine University alumna Very reasonable cost of living in a friendly, historic town

What's special?

Named one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Newman Guide and First Things magazine.

A remarkable overall retention rate of 90% (the national average for U.S. colleges is 72%) indicates a very high level of student satisfaction. Students may study at Benedictine College campuses in Florence, Italy and Dublin, Ireland.

Engineering, Nursing, Architecture, Music

More than 95% of alumni start jobs or graduate school immediately after graduation. BC alumni have attended graduate schools such as New York University, Purdue University, the University of Michigan and Washington University. Benedictine College has a very high acceptance rate of students being accepted into the medical schools of their choice. More than 70% of biology majors continue in postgraduate and professional schools. This is significantly above the national average.

Fast facts

Temperate - 4 seasons
20, Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
Kansas City, MO (MCI)


Programs of study add

49 undergraduate programs

  • ESL
  • Architecture
  • Art
    • Art
    • Art: Education
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
    • Business Administration
    • Business Administration: Accounting
    • Business Administration: Economics
    • Business Administration: Entrepreneurship
    • Business Administration: Finance
    • Business Administration: International Business
    • Business Administration: Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
    • Communication Studies
    • Communication Studies: Journalism
  • Computer
  • Criminology
  • Education
    • Education
    • Education: Elementary School Emphasis
    • Education: Physical Education
    • Education: Secondary Emphasis
    • Education: Special Education
  • Engineering
    • Engineering: Chemical
    • Engineering: Civil
    • Engineering: Electrical
    • Engineering: Mechanical
    • Engineering: Physics
  • English
  • Forensics
  • Health
    • Health: Athletic Training
    • Health: Exercise Science
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Languages and Cultures
    • Languages and Cultures
    • Languages and Cultures: Classics
    • Languages and Cultures: French
    • Languages and Cultures: Latin
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Music
    • Music
    • Music: Education
    • Music: Music Education
  • Natural Science
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Social Justice
  • Theatre Arts
    • Theatre Arts
    • Theatre Arts: Dance
    • Theatre Arts: Management/Administration
  • Theology

Accommodations add

On-campus residence required through senior year


All residential students are required to have a Meal-Plan. All freshmen are required to have the 18-Meal-Plan through the academic year.

Admissions criteria add


Direct Admission:
72 iBT or IELTS: 6
Conditional Acceptance:
32 iBT or IELTS: 3.5
Accepts OEAT
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Arts add

Band, Dance
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Campus features

Safe campus in a small city.

Extracurricular activities

  • Alpha Mu Gamma Club
  • Athletic Training Club
  • BC Republicans
  • Biology Club
  • Back Monks Rugby Football Club
  • Cana Vox
  • Celtic Music Club
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry Club
  • Chess Club
  • CRS University (Student Ambassadors)
  • Education Club
  • Enactus
  • Engineering Club
  • English Club
  • Fishing Club
  • History Club
  • Hunger Coalition,
  • Men's Volleyball Club
  • Mountain Biking Club
  • Pre-Medical Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Runners Club
  • Swing Dance Club
  • Respect Life Club
  • Women's Rugby Club
  • Sewing Club
  • Student International Business Council
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Sociology Club
  • Sodales et Commensales
  • Spanish Club
  • Strength and Conditioning Club
  • Tea Club
  • among others

Estimated costs


$1,325 Fees

$19,285 ESL Transition Program

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