Benedictine University at Mesa promises its students an affordable and attainable undergraduate and graduate education infused with the Benedictine values, faculty who make student learning their first priority, a support system dedicated to their success, comprehensive preparation to enter the job market, and a caring community in which they can become better learners, leaders, and world citizens. Student learning and success is our first priority.
Founded in 1887 by the monks of St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, Illinois–based Benedictine University is a Catholic university in the Benedictine tradition that offers excellent science, business, health, and education programs and a values-centered liberal arts education. In fall 2012 the Benedictine University at Mesa branch campus became the first four-year Catholic university campus in Arizona.
A variety of learning styles accommodate differing student needs and course requirements. Undergraduatemajors 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.
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
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 a nutrition lab, classrooms, computer labs, community room, chapel, spirit store, student union, and café. 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.
Incoming freshmen recommendations include:
• Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
• Rank in the top 50% of their grad-uating class
• Letter of recommendation from a high school guidance counselor
• ACT and SAT scores optional
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 is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with 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.