Benedictine University

BenedictineStarted by a handful of Benedictine monks serving 11 sons of immigrants in the late 1800’s, Lisle, Illinois-based Benedictine University now serves more than 10,000 students of all races, nationalities and religions. 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.

Current 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.

In 2012, Forbes magazine named Benedictine University among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for the second consecutive year. 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.Benedictine proposed rendering

The Benedictine University at Mesa branch campus is also part of an effort to help revitalize downtown Mesa. Benedictine University at Mesa occupies a 65,000 sq. ft. building at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa. This historic building once served as Southside Hospital and the Tri City Community Service Center, and has been renovated to current architectural and technological standards.

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