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Campus Life Experience

This is Benedictine University

More than 60 clubs to join and a whole lot more to do including speakers, concerts, Homecoming, service opportunities, commuter breakfast and way too much more to type here. Let us show you around.

  • Unwind at the BenUnion with a game of pool, foosball, air hockey or pingpong.
  • Work out in the spacious million-dollar Rice Center fitness  facility.
  • Cheer for our 2016 NCAA Division III championship runner-up  men’s basketball and super regional-qualifying softball programs.
  • Jog along a tree-lined walkway or relax and watch the sun set over Lake St. Benedict.
  • Enjoy a Frappuccino© at the Starbucks Café in Goodwin Hall.
  • Peer inside the minds of artists, sculptors and painters at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery.
  • Marvel at the more than 10,000 specimens inside the  Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum.
  • Join a few friends and watch sports on the big screen TVs  inside the Coal Ben eatery.
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Did Somebody Say "Fun"?

There's always something happening at Benedictine University.

Things like kicking off the school year with a concert by country stars Easton Corbin and Jerrod Niemann. Student activities like Welcome Weekend, Spread the Red and Founders' Fest. Cheering for our defending national runner-up men’s basketball or NCAA regional champion softball teams. Homecoming. Quad Day. Mardi Gras. Casino Night. Spring Formal.

Programming Board and Student Activities sponsor a number of events for students off campus, too. They offer special discounts on tickets to sporting and cultural events throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, like the “Second City” comedy club, Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, Bulls and Blackhawks games, lakefront cruises and local movie theaters.

Then on the more serious side, there are presentations on campus by former NASA scientist James Hansen, Ph.D., and WGN-TV’s chief meteorologist Tom Skilling, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement and former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Robin Renee Sanders, D.Sc.

Your college experience should not be limited to the four walls of a classroom or the networking capability of a computer.

We're here to help

Benedictine University students are serious about their studies.

We are, too. That's why we provide the tools students need to develop their mind, body and spirit. Advising Center is dedicated to ensuring that students begin their academic careers on the right foot. The Academic and Career Enrichment Center will help you prepare for life after college (because it's never too early to think ahead). The Benedictine Library provides access – online and off the shelf – to the greatest thinkers past and present. Want to give back to somebody in need or just need a spiritual boost? Visit Campus Ministry. Need a flu shot or some TLC? Try Student Health Services.

Maybe you just need some downtime from studying. Why not live out a pro golf fantasy at the indoor golf center? Or how about a workout in our 11,000-square-foot fitness facility in the Dan and Ada Rice Center? Twenty minutes on a treadmill and a circuit or two can relieve stress and refresh your mind. How about joining a group fitness class or organizing an intramural basketball team? You don't have to be an all-star to participate. Just a willingness to have fun and meet people.

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Furniture, fresh food and Founders'

Whether your taste buds crave an egg on bagel sandwich or a pizza topped with spinach, our meal plans take the planning out of dining.

The Krasa Center Dining Room is open for lunch and dinner. You can choose from sizzling specialties of the day or an all-you-can-eat helping of your favorite cultural fare. Dining Services works with Benedictine's dietetic interns to create special offerings throughout the semester, including low-fat, low-sodium taco salads, an apple festival, chili and soup bars, and more.

The Coal Ben eatery offers breakfast, sandwiches, pizza, burgers and premium fruit smoothies with multivitamins, protein or energy additive options for your palatal pleasure while you are surrounded by plasma TVs, Wi-Fi and entertainment. Or for a quick bite between classes, the Kindlon Hall Coffee Shop has light snacks to go and the Starbucks café in Goodwin Hall has all your favorite frozen coffees.

Student housing options include Ondrak for the men and Jaeger for the women – or as an upperclassman, enjoy suite-style living at Neuzil Hall or apartment-style living at Founders' Woods.

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Safest four-year campus in Illinois*

Your safety is always our biggest concern. That is why the campus is well-lit and maintained; high-resolution color cameras monitor sensitive campus areas; the Benedictine University Police officers are members of the first accredited private university law enforcement agency in Illinois and patrol campus 24/7; an emergency response team has been established; and the BenAlert System was installed to warn students, their families, staff and faculty, should the need arise, about dangers on campus.

We also make certain that students are as safe living on campus as they would be at home. Access to residence halls is controlled by card readers; all of our student housing facilities are equipped with modern, interior fire alarm systems with horns and strobe lights, which are monitored 24 hours per day, 7 days per week; and all housing facilities are equipped with automatic full sprinkler and smoke detection systems, fire extinguishers and evacuation placards.

Stateuniversity.com, which compiles data required of all colleges and universities by the U.S. Department of Education, ranks Benedictine University as the safest four-year school in Illinois. We're working hard to keep it that way.

*According to Stateuniversity.com

Don't know what it means?

You can find out by joining the Math Club, one of more than 60 clubs and student organizations at Benedictine University that teach leadership skills, provide service opportunities, and even offer a few answers to this and other questions you might have.

There is the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the Knights of Columbus and Helping Hands, Healing Hearts. There is also the Investment Club, the Hindu Student Association, the Muslim Student Association, the Black Student Union, Sci-Fi Fantasy Club, the Photography Club, Theater Club, Super Fans and Best Buddies.

And buddies are what you will make for life when you participate in a mission trip to Bolivia or the Philippines, package food for the hungry during Welcome Weekend, go green with SEEDs (Students for Ecological and Environmental Development) or help to educate, advocate and fundraise for the world’s children through BenU UNICEF.

There is something for everyone at Benedictine.  

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