The mission of the Benedictine College Engineering Department is to provide a multidisciplinary engineering undergraduate education built on an authentically Catholic liberal arts foundation. Graduates of the program will be professionals who are excellent problem solvers, committed to the highest ethical standards and proficient communicators. They will understand the role of engineering as a profession and their duty, as engineers, to promote the common good of society.
The Engineering Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. As they continue to develop the engineering program, a fee of $150 per semester is charged to each student to help support the continued improvement of the engineering program.
The employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for chemical engineers’ services depends largely on demand for the products of various manufacturing industries.
The median annual wage for chemical engineers was $98,340 in May 2016
Points of Excellence
Lists & Rankings:
Top 10 Best College — U.S. News & World Report.
Newman Guide — One of America’s best Catholic colleges.
Best in Kansas — CollegeSimply.com
Best Private — TheBestSchools.org
Hidden Gem — CollegeRaptor.com
A Top 50 Nursing Program and a Top 25 Great Books Program.
Since 2000, alumni achievements include:
13 bank presidents, including Tom Hoenig ’68, former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and a current vice chairman of the FDIC.
8 university presidents, including Boise State, San Jose State, and the University of Pittsburgh.
7 bishops and 200 pursued religious vocations.
2 Kansas Secretaries of Commerce.
1 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the late Wangari Maathai ’64.
Dynamic Campus Life:
Benedictine College’s student life program is used as a model for Catholic schools nationwide.
Enrollment increase. After two decades of enrollment increases, the college expects to match or beat Freshman and total enrollment numbers this year.
New residence halls. Benedictine has opened 10 new residence halls since 2004.
Residence Life. In the respected SSI survey judging student satisfaction, Benedictine College beat the national average in 11 of 12 categories and virtually tied in the 12th. The college scores significantly higher in seven categories including Campus Climate, Concern for the Individual, and Student Centeredness
New community buildings. The college’s new Murphy Recreation Center and Dining Hall are centers of fellowship.
Active campus. A total of 1,351 residence life programs were offered to students last school year. Benedictine is famous for unique traditions, from Beanie Week to Commencement’s March of Light.
Winning decade. In the last 10 years, Raven sports teams have three national championship game appearances, four Final Fours, 50 national tournament appearances, 26 Conference championships, 80 All-Americans, 200 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, 1,000 All-Conference players, and 19 coaches of the year.
One of America’s Best Colleges
49 majors include Chemical, Electrical, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as Nursing and Architecture.
Science building. The college constructed the finest science and engineering building of any small college in America, to be dedicated in the 2019-2020 school year.
Benedictine 2020. Since 2012: Five new academic buildings including the new Daglen Observatory, two endowed professorships, and graduate placement services.
Top students. The most recent freshman class has the highest average ACT scores in Kansas and the highest GPA in the school’s history. 35 National Merit Finalists receive full-tuition scholarships to Benedictine College.
Top faculty. Dozens of our professors rank in the top 10% of the national IDEA faculty evaluations each year.
Rome Prize. History Department Chair John Romano in 2018 was awarded the prestigious Rome Prize, which has been called “the Pulitzer Prize of the Humanities.”
Graduate acceptance. 100% Medical school acceptance rate. 100% CPA Pass rate. Nearly 100% of Nursing boards passed.
Science mission. To be the Catholic, liberal arts college that educates engineers, doctors, scientists, and health care professionals for the 21st century.
Study abroad opportunities include our Florence, Italy, campus plus 50 other countries.
Leadership. Benedictine students are more likely to have an internship, hold a leadership role, study abroad, work directly with a faculty member, and complete a senior project than students at peer schools.