| Benedictine College
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With a leading undergraduate theology program, the new Mother Teresa Center for Nursing and Health Education, plus a full slate of engineering degrees (chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical), Benedictine College is truly becoming one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation.
Founded in 1858, the school is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine is also proud to be the alma mater of the late Wangari Maathai, who graduated with a biology degree in 1964 and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.
The school has been named one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the past eight years, one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, and one of the top 20 colleges in America by First Things magazine. Benedictine College was also designated a leader in educational excellence by the Colleges of Distinction guidebook.
Benedictine has seen increasing enrollment for 15 years, with the student population up nearly 100 percent in that time. The college now has more than 2,000 students on its main campus in Atchison and its graduate programs campus in Roeland Park, Kansas, and boasts the largest undergraduate population in its history.
In response to the growth, the college has added 10 new residence halls since 2002. The old abbey, known historically as Freshman Hall, was remodeled into the state-of-the-art Elizabeth Hall. St. Scholastica Hall was added in 2005 and the new Legacy Apartments opened in the fall of 2008. Its components, Legacy Hall, Kremmeter Hall and Wolf Hall, complete the southwest corner of campus and provide a transitional living space for almost 200 upperclassmen.
The new Row Houses and Cray Seaberg Hall both opened in 2010. In addition to serving as a residence hall, Cray Seaberg is also home to classrooms and faculty offices for the Departments of Psychology, Sociology and Journalism & Mass Communications.
St. Michael Hall for men opened in 2012 and the college has enjoyed the first full year of classes in the new 56,000- square-foot Ferrell Academic Center. Ferrell Academic Center houses the School of Business as well as the Departments of Education, Philosophy and Theology.
Benedictine College is an academic community sponsored by the sisters of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery and the monks of St. Benedict's Abbey. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.
For more information, www.benedictine.edu.
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