Benedictine University at Mesa welcomes many first generation students

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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. Benedictine University at Mesa welcomed nearly 100 students during its inaugural academic term in fall 2013.

The Mesa branch campus harnesses 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 features problem-based learning challenging students to actively learn through engagement and application, and opportunities to study at the main campus and abroad. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

Initial degree offerings 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.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University the No.1 fastest-growing campus in the country among private nonprofit research institutions between 2000-2010. In 2013, Forbes magazine named Benedictine University among the top 20 percent of America's colleges for the third consecutive year. ranked Benedictine third among the Top 10 Online Catholic Colleges and Universities, the online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program fourth in the nation and the online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program fifth in the nation for 2013, and the school is also listed as a 2014 "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's academic building, Gillett Hall, is 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 now it contains classrooms, labs, a commons area, a dedicated space for daily quiet time and reflection, and a connection with an enrollment center a few blocks away and a resort-style housing option. Sports will begin in 2014.

Benedictine University at Mesa is now accepting applications for spring and fall 2014 enrollment through its enrollment 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. For more information, please contact the Gregory Enrollment Center at (602) 888-5533, or at .

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