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Benedictine University believes an education should do more than prepare students for work—it should prepare students
for life.

Benedictine University believes an education should do more than prepare students for work—it should prepare students for life. 

Benedictine University promises its students an affordable and attainable undergraduate and graduate education infused with the Benedictine values—values such as an appreciation for living and working in a community, an emphasis on a life lived in balance, a concern for the environment, and a commitment to academic excellence.

We promise our students faculty who make learning their first priority. Our faculty work side by side with students, whether delving into life’s greatest mysteries in the laboratory or preparing tax returns for the elderly and underprivileged. Our classes are taught by faculty with the highest degrees in their fields who mentor, counsel, and advise.

We promise our students a support system dedicated to their success, including academic tutors to ensure their progress in the classroom; caring, helpful staff in areas of financial aid, student life, and athletics; and career specialists and alumni who help provide comprehensive preparation to enter the job market.

We promise our students a diverse, caring community in which they can become better learners, leaders, and world citizens. Benedictine is one of the most diverse universities in the country, and we believe that by introducing students to people of different races, political stances, and religious beliefs, we better prepare them for life.

Benedictine University. Student learning and success is our first priority.

Benedictine University is known for outstanding programs in science, business, health, education, and the liberal arts. Expert faculty, comprehensive courses, meaningful majors, small class sizes, and a low student-faculty ratio challenge and exhilarate students.

Financial aid
Many Benedictine students receive financial aid through loans, scholarships and grants, tuition remission, and employment opportunities. To apply, students must complete the following forms:
• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
• Benedictine University application for admission




Benedictine University Main Campus in Lisle, Illinois 

Benedictine University, founded in 1887 by the monks of St. Procopius Abbey, is a Catholic university in the Benedictine tradition that offers excellent science, business, health, and education programs and a values-centered liberal arts education to more than 3,800 undergraduate and nearly 2,400 graduate students of diverse ages, religions, races, and national origins. 


Benedictine University’s main campus is located in
Lisle, Illinois, 25 miles west of Chicago on a rolling, tree-covered 108-acre campus of 22 buildings, including the Kindlon Hall of Learning with the St. Benedict Chapel, the Birck Hall of Science, the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex, and the Rice Center, which features an 11,000-sq. ft. fitness center and advanced training facilities. 

The 125,000-sq. ft. Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business is scheduled to open in fall 2015. The building will feature innovative classrooms, study areas, offices, a state-of-the-art trading laboratory, 600-seat auditorium, Starbucks café, and space to house the University’s stellar undergraduate and graduate programs.


Majors and degrees

Benedictine offers 53 traditional undergraduate majors through four 

colleges leading to the following degrees:

• Bachelor of Arts

• Bachelor of Fine Arts

• Bachelor of Business Administration

• Bachelor of Science


Programs for adults

• 16 graduate programs

• Four doctoral programs


Student activities and athletics

Students can participate in more than 40 extracurricular and academic organizations. Benedictine is also highly competitive in athletics.

• Benedictine Eagles compete on the NCAA Division III level in 20 sports.

• Benedictine has won 72 conference championships and made 63 NCAA team appearances.

• Intramural athletic programs are available.

Benedictine University at Mesa (Arizona) Branch Campus 

Located in downtown Mesa, Arizona, Benedictine’s newest branch campus features Gillett Hall, one of the most advanced educational facilities in the Southwest. This academic building has classrooms, a nutrition lab, computer labs, a chapel, and three general classrooms. It is located within walking distance of public transportation and many of downtown Mesa’s shops and restaurants.
Students have the option of living at the nearby Phoenix Marriott Mesa. Amenities include free high-speed Internet, a flat-screen TV and cable, a mini refrigerator, coin-operated washers and dryers, a 

24-hour fitness center, a pool and spa, and free parking.

Majors and degrees
Undergraduate majors include Accounting, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Fine Arts, Management and Organizational Behavior, Nutrition, Psychology, Spanish, and Theology, in addition to a minor in Religious Studies.  

Student activities and athletics
Students can participate in a number of activities and interest clubs such as Student Senate, Inter-Faith Council, and the student newspaper. Benedictine University 

at Mesa (go Redhawks!) is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with sports teams competing as members of the California Pacific Conference (CAL PAC).

• The men’s and women’s golf, cross-country, volleyball, and tennis teams will compete as NAIA programs in 2015–2016 after a year of playing at the club level. 

• Cheerleading, dance, and men’s basketball programs will debut in fall 2015 at the NAIA level, and softball will compete beginning in spring 2016.