Benedictine University at Mesa makes history in Arizona

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Started by a handful of Benedictine monks in 1887, Lisle, Illinois-based Benedictine University now serves nearly 10,000 students of all races, nationalities and religions. Programs are delivered in person and online throughout Illinois, the United States, China and Vietnam. And the school is now proud to serve Arizona residents with its new Mesa branch campus.

The Mesa branch campus will harness Benedictine's 125-year history of academic excellence distinguished and guided by Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage to offer numerous liberal arts and professional education programs. The academic programs in Mesa will feature freshman learning communities, lecture-free classes challenging students to actively learn through engagement and application, and opportunities to study at the main campus and abroad.

Initial degree offerings will include a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, in addition to a minor in Religious Studies.

With individual attention and care given to each person by a faculty rich in experience and education and a staff dedicated to the well-being and success of every student, the private nonprofit university prepares students for their roles as informed and responsible leaders and citizens in an increasingly global community.  Benedictine University's effort to merge subject expertise, academic rigor and a caring, values-centered environment has earned it considerable recognition through the years.

In 2012, Forbes magazine named Benedictine University among the top 20 percent of America's colleges for the second consecutive year. TheBestColleges.org ranked the private nonprofit university ninth among the Top 10 Online Catholic Colleges and Universities of 2011, and The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked it the No.1 fastest-growing campus in the country among private nonprofit research institutions between 2000-2010. The school is also listed as a 2012 "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication focusing on post-military education and employment. Benedictine University has also received honors for campus racial diversity and freshman retention, among others.

The Benedictine University at Mesa branch campus is also part of an effort to help revitalize downtown Mesa. Benedictine University at Mesa will occupy a 65,000-square-foot building at 225 E. Main Street in downtown Mesa. This historic building once served as Southside Hospital and the Tri City Community Service Center, and is being brought to current architectural and technological standards. It will contain classrooms, labs, a commons area, a dedicated space for daily quiet time and reflection, and a connection with a services center a few blocks away. School officials eventually hope to add residential facilities and extracurricular activities like athletics.

Benedictine University at Mesa is now accepting applications for Fall 2013 enrollment through its newly opened service center at 51 E. Main Street, Suite 105, in Mesa's emerging downtown. Flexible financing, academic support and curriculum counseling is offered in an inclusive environment. Make history at Benedictine University at Mesa and be among its first students.

For more information, please contact the Services Center at (602) 888-5500, mailto:mesa@ben.edu or at www.ben.edu/mesa .

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