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FAQ

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.
How many semester hours do I need to transfer to Benedictine?
You need 20 hours. If you have less than 20 transferable hours, we will need to see your high school transcript or ACT score.

What is the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA)?
The minimum GPA is 2.0 (without previous probation or dismissal).

What if I do not meet the admission criteria?
You will be required to submit a personal statement explaining your academic history and why you believe you will be successful if admitted. A letter of recommendation from an academic or professional contact is also required. Contact your Admission Counselor for more specifics.

How many of my hours will transfer to Benedictine?
We are Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) compliant, therefore any IAI course will transfer to Benedictine. There is no maximum, and credits will be examined on a course-by-course basis.

When can I transfer to Benedictine?
We have rolling admission. You can transfer at any time prior to any semester (Fall, Spring or Summer).

How many hours must I take at Benedictine if I transfer?
You need 120 hours to graduate – 55 hours must be completed at a four-year college. Other graduation requirements will be determined on an individual basis.

Can I have an unofficial evaluation of my current credits from other colleges and universities?
Yes. Schedule an appointment with a University Representative.

Will my GPA transfer?
No. Your GPA will apply only to those courses you take at Benedictine University.

How much is the application fee?
The application fee is $40. However, we waive the fee if a student visits campus before they apply.

What is the application deadline?
Benedictine University has a rolling admission, but we prefer to receive applications by December 15.

Does Benedictine University offer financial aid?
Yes. You can receive financial aid at Benedictine University by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Benedictine’s FAFSA code is 001767.

Am I required to file for financial aid through the FAFSA to receive scholarships?
No. Scholarship eligibility is automatically determined through the materials you are required to submit for admission , regardless if you file for financial aid.

When I do find out if I qualify for any scholarships?
You will be notified of any scholarships you may be receiving upon acceptance into the University. Please contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 to set up an appointment with a Transfer Counselor to review all scholarships.

Do I have to transfer all of my credits and submit all of my official transcripts to Benedictine?
Yes, you must submit all official transcripts from every college or university you have attended. This information is necessary for a complete academic history. Failure to disclose all previous college information will result in immediate denial of admission, revoking of admission or dismissal from the University.

What is the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA)?
The minimum GPA is 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (without previous probation or dismissal) if we are admitting you based on your transfer credit. The minimum GPA is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale if we are admitting you based on your high school transcripts.

How can I request more information about Benedictine University?
Submit the Information Request Form online or call the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.

How do I schedule a campus visit or tour?
Submit the Visit Us Request Form online or call the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.

 

Campus Life

Are there fraternities or sororities on campus?
No, but we do have many clubs and social organizations.

At what level does Benedictine University compete athletically?
The Eagles compete in NCAA Division III (therefore, we are unable to offer athletic scholarships).

Does Benedictine offer housing on campus?
Yes. We have one male and one female residence hall, one co-educational residence hall and Founders’ Woods apartments. It is important to submit your housing application as early as possible to reserve your spot.

Is campus living required?
No, campus living is not required.

Is there a meal plan for commuter students?
Yes, there are special meal plans for our students who either commute or live in Founders’ Woods apartments.

Do I have to be Catholic to attend Benedictine University?
No. Benedictine University is a very diverse campus with students from many different faiths. Benedictine was ranked 11th for "Campus Diversity" in the Midwest by US News & World Report for 2009.

Where is Lisle?
Lisle is four miles from downtown Naperville and 25 miles west of Chicago.

Can I get a job on campus?
Yes.  All student jobs are posted on the Employment Opportunities website. You can also contact the head of a department for more information about student work.

Can I study abroad?
Yes.  The International Programs Office has information about the many opportunities available throughout the world. 

 

Academics

What are Benedictine University’s most popular majors?
Last year, the five most popular majors were Management, Health Science, Psychology, Biology and Management and Organizational Behavior.

Do you use teaching assistants?
No. At Benedictine University, all classes are taught by professors, who are also available to assist students during non-classroom hours.

Will there be students my own age in my classes?
Yes. Each year, we have similar numbers of freshmen and transfer students who enroll at Benedictine. Transfer students vary in age and experience.

Does Benedictine University award credit for Advanced Placement (AP) or CLEP exams?
Yes, but it varies on subject matter and test scores. Please click here to see the chart.

Does Benedictine have any alumni who I might recognize?
Yes. Notable Benedictine alumni include former Illinois Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan, C68; Bill Callahan, C78, former head football coach at the University of Nebraska; and David Reynolds, C82, writer of Walt Disney’s animated feature “The Emperor’s New Groove.”

Does Benedictine offer any special assistance for students who require academic assistance outside of the classroom?
Yes. We offer assistance through the Study Zone, Writing Workshop, Math in the Afternoon and tutoring.  The Student Success Center can also provide other accommodations for students with diagnosed learning disabilities. 

Does Benedictine University have internship programs?
Yes. We have relationships with employers throughout the Chicago area. We work closely with the Illinois Small College Placement Association to help identify internships for our students. Your faculty advisor and dean can help you with contacts as well.
 
 
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