Freshmen
BenU Advantage

Students are the lifeblood of any university. Through the collaborative efforts of our various offices, we help students make informed choices about continuing their education. We provide a welcoming atmosphere that reflects the best of the Benedictine values of hospitality and a concern for the development of each individual.

Selecting a college can be a difficult decision, especially with so many options from which to choose. You will visit many colleges and universities and speak with many admissions counselors. You will hear various stories and learn about some of the qualities that differentiate universities and colleges. Some schools will share the same qualities, while others may be very different. Here at Benedictine, we do not focus on the typical traditional traits of colleges and universities. WE GO BEYOND THEM!

We go beyond standards, and excel to Benedictine Values

Hospitality – Benedictine University promotes diversity and believes that learning from others is just as important as learning within the lecture halls. Students at Benedictine meet and interact with students from all over the world. This diverse environment allows students to discover another perspective and learn from other students' life experiences, creating an enhanced educational experience.

Search for God by oneself and with others – Our strong Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage promote acceptance and understanding of other religions and ethnicities. The search for God is the search for Truth, which connects all people.

An appreciation for living and working in community – Benedictine University promotes a sense of togetherness among peers and professors and encourages interaction with the outside community. This value instills in us the need to represent ourselves and Benedictine in the best light when outside of the University community.

Development of each person – Benedictine University promotes self-growth and improvement. We seek to help each student transform their potential into the realization of goals and accomplishments.

Emphasis on a life lived in balance – Juggling school, work, athletics and student organizations can be difficult, but at Benedictine University we focus on the need for students to enjoy all aspects of life in such way that one does not overwhelmed the other.

Dedication to responsible stewardship of the earth – Benedictine University promotes community service and "living green." We are continually seeking to develop new and better ways to help the environment.

We go beyond lecture halls

Small class – Our average class size is 25 students; the student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1.

Interaction with peers and professor – The Benedictine University community plays a key role in assisting students in the achievement of their goals. Students gain a better understanding of academic material specifically and the University experience in general through personal interaction with professors.

Professor accessibility – Students are encouraged to remain after class with additional questions, take advantage of office hours, and even utilize cell phone numbers that are provided if students require assistance while at home.

Teaching Assistants available outside classroom hours – Students who have excelled in a particular class are handpicked by the professor to offer outside assistance. These tutors offer their experiences and expertise to help students with study sessions and test preparation outside the classroom.

Student Success Center – The Student Success center is a study resource for tutoring in math, writing, science and economics. Academic resources and staff are made available to students to ensure that their weakest subjects do not prohibit them from succeeding at Benedictine.

Internships – Real on-the-job experiences allow students to gain confidence and assurance of their major or profession that they are considering. Internships are also a useful tool for making important career connections and enhancing what students learn in the classroom.

Great Issues, Great Ideas Lecture Series – Benedictine is a small, private university in the Midwest. Despite our small size and location, we attract world-renowned leaders to meet with our students. Among the leaders we have hosted is former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who spoke to the Benedictine community about his leadership experiences. Benedictine University also entertained President Obama when he was seeking the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois.

We go beyond the typical major

Research Opportunities – Typically reserved for upperclassmen, research opportunities are also available to freshmen and sophomores at he University and at nearby Fermi and Argonne national laboratories. This experience allow students to gain expertise in a lab setting, expands their understanding of classroom work and enhances their resumes.

Practicum and Observation hours – This allows students to gain a more thorough understanding of specific professions. For example, students are able to shadow doctors at nearby hospitals, and education students are able to observe teachers in the classroom.

Experienced professors who have worked in the field in which they teach – Benedictine University professors bring real world experience to the classroom. They are able to provide advice and information about the current and future trends of the industry in which students are interested. Professors also assist students to make the necessary professional connections for internships.

Unique course work – Benedictine University faculty constantly push the envelope by creating academic programs and coursework that will allow our students to be competitive and prepared for career opportunities now and in the future. We encourage students to add a minor or a foreign language to increase their marketability in an increasingly competitive job market.

Strong Liberal Arts Core Curriculum – Our liberal arts courses provide an excellent foundation that allows graduates to adapt to any environment. These courses – such as writing, speech and humanities – focus on ensuring student are well-rounded individuals.

We go beyond winning

Living in balance – Benedictine University wants to ensure that our athletes succeed on the field and in the classroom.That is why the athletic programs at Benedictine focus on the balance between student and athlete. Study sessions organized by coaches provide additional support outside the classroom.

Coaches as mentors – Our coaches serve as mentors and help students transition from high school to college. They go beyond issues that students deal with on the field. They are listeners and advisors regarding real-life issues that confront students.

Champions who lead – Our athletic programs help student-athletes acquire character traits that will help them throughout their lives, such as leadership, teamwork, dedication, commitment, overcoming adversity and the pursuit of excellence. These attributes are what every employer is looking for in a potential employee.

Friendships for life – The athletic programs at Benedictine University help student-athletes develop friendships and encourage them to demonstrate support for fellow student-athletes. Meanwhile, our Superfan Club, White-out, Red-out and Black-out events encourage student non-athletes to attend athletic events and show their support.

We go beyond attending college. Our students experience it.

Residence Hall living – By living in the residence halls, students enjoy a unique experience that allows them to connect with other students and make lifetime friends.

Getting involved – There are more than 40 student organizations at Benedictine University that provide students with the opportunity to get involved and meet other students . Students can also create their own clubs, such as the Lacrosse club team, that is growing in popularity.

Education Abroad – Students can gain international experience while earning credit toward their Benedictine degree. Our International Department helps students arrange a trip for a semester or over the summer to one of eight countries.

Coal Ben/Club Neon – The Coal Ben, a new restaurant/pub on campus, has become the hangout of choice for Benedictine students. The Coal Ben features multiple flatscreen televisions and a big projection screen that is popular during the football season. Many clubs and organizations hold functions in the Coal Ben, including the popular Club Neon.

Fun in the Quad – Want to enjoy a game of volleyball with friends? Or perhaps you just want to throw around a football? Don't like sports? How about just relaxing and chatting with friends while lying on the grass? Or enjoying a good book on one of the benches? Or just sitting outside and enjoying a beautiful spring day? No matter what your preference, you can enjoy them in the Quad located in the middle of campus.

Intramural sports – Don't have time for the commit to one of our 17 team sports, but you still like to be competitive? Intramural sports are a great way to meet friends in a competitive environment. We offer bowling, volleyball, basketball and laser tag. We also offer club sports in Lacrosse and men's tennis.

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