A Path to Success

View the stories of how Benedictine helped place Richmond’s young men on a path to adulthood that culminated in their realizing achievement as mature, thoughtful and intelligent men of conscience and discipline.

“Benedictine has been a positive driver in teaching me leadership and teamwork, as well as preparing me academically for the rigors of an Ivy League education.”
- Jacob Gleberman, Benedictine ’15 and Cornell ’19 (and entrepreneur)

From Cadet to CEO

During his time at Benedictine, Joe Swedish (Class of '69) may not have given much of an overt indication that he was on his way to major accomplishments. But, hidden beneath an unassuming exterior, burned a passionate flame to make big things happen. That flame, as well as a well-rooted work ethic, carried Swedish through a career that culminated in his leading a Fortune 38 company today.

So, how would he advise current Cadets? “Experience all that Benedictine has to offer academically, religiously, socially and culturally…," states Swedish.

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From Cadet to General

Norvell V. Coots is an embodiment of the characteristics of his alma mater. A member of the Class of '76, his compassion is evident in the success of his medical career. His discipline helped push him to the lofty ranks of our military. His strength of faith resulted in his being recognized by none other than the Pope.

His experience with sacrifice was evident early in his life. Coots recalled that his father, who had been born and raised in Richmond, retired from his Oklahoma-based medical practice and moved the family back here so that his son could attend Benedictine.

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From Cadet to Entrepreneur

Rodney Ganey (Class of '69) followed the dream of many Cadets, eventually winding up as a professor at the University of Notre Dame, following his stint at Benedictine. Prior to his professorship, Ganey earned his bachelor’s degree from VCU, and his master’s and doctorate in statistics from Iowa State.

That’s mighty impressive considering, “I was an average Cadet, at best,” in Ganey’s own estimation. “Notre Dame was an ideal place, but I wasn’t going to get there right out of Benedictine.”

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It All Adds Up

At Benedictine, we let our numbers speak for us.

In terms of our students’ academic success, the amount of attention we devote to our Cadets, the level of future opportunities and our dedication to the breadth and depth of our students’ intellectual capabilities, it’s hard to match the Benedictine experience.

24 States Where Benedictine grads are currently attending college

14 Students Average Class Size

16 AP Courses Offered

53% Students receive grants, scholarships & financial aid to attend BCP

$3,563,500 Total college scholarships & grants awarded to last year’s grads

3 Ivy League accepts in last year’s graduating class

9-to-1 Student-Teacher Ratio

58% Upperclassmen taking fine arts courses

100% Last year’s grads accepted into college

97.6% Last year’s grads enrolling in college

29% Minority Representation in student body

$44,500 Last year’s grads’ average college aid packet

Happening Now at BCP

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Whether it’s highlights or news feeds from the big game, a photo shoot of one of our many social events or film of the Benedictine men on the march, we make sure the info is right at your fingertips. Plus, you can find out about the gamut of Benedictine activities taking place by checking out our school calendar.