Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.
Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
All students applying for an interview for MEDICINE, DENTISTRY & OPTOMETRY MUST have at least a 3.4 GPA for consideration. Students applying for Physician's Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Chiropractic or Podiatric fields MUST have at least a 3.2 GPA for consideration.
You must have taken at least 30 hours of classes here at BenU, including three classes or 12 hours of science based classes including a lab.
The following is the list of pre-professional interests that the committee writes letters for: Chiropractic, Dentistry, Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy (4 yr), Physical Therapy, Physician's Assistant, Podiatry and Veterinary Medicine. If your choice is NOT in this list, please ASK!
You must have completed the Practicum or have equivalent experience before you will be allowed to go through the interview process. "Equivalent experience" will be evaluated and approved by Ms. Sima. Please see her with questions.
The most important of all criteria upon which a student will be evaluated is honesty and personal integrity. Any student who cheats, copies, or falsifies data (e.g. practicum time of observation, etc.), is endangering his/her academic credentials, and personal reputation. Information received from the Deans, Faculty Members, Administrative Staff or hospital/clinic staff regarding questionable behavior by a student could give the entire Committee or a Committee member the option to refuse to interview that student or retract their recommendation at any time following the interviewing process.
Students do not re-interview with the Committee. If you received a "Recommend with Reservation" evaluation and have completed the suggested activities/experience you must contact Dr. Tischler for a letter update. If you have substantial updates/experiences after your letter is written, you may submit those updates to Dr. Tischler via email. She will evaluate the additions and update your letter at her discretion.
To Turn in the Application:
Retrieve the application from the web site and complete it in Word format. It must be typed neatly. Use the Spell-Check! If you have questions about answering a question or completing the application, contact Dr. Tischler in Birck 348. A poorly written application will not be accepted. Please note that the Student Success Center offers help with grammar and writing. Completed applications must include a photo. Save the file as follows: (LAST NAME, FIRST NAME Committee Year) eg: Smith, John F2017; Doe, Jane SP2018
EMAIL a copy of the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the emailed copy, ONE completed paper copy of the application, A SIGNED "Academic Honesty" form, and a SIGNED checklist must be turned in to Dr. Tischler (BK 333) by the deadline date for you to be considered for an interview during the interview session.
An incomplete application will be returned to you. You will then have the opportunity to make corrections until the deadline date. If corrections are not received by the due date, you will be referred to the next interview session.