Adult Undergraduate
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?
We offer programs for adults with all levels of education.  Each program has its own requirements so please visit the Admission Requirements page to see which programs you qualify for. 

What is the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA)?
The minimum GPA is 2.0 / 4.0 (without previous probation or dismissal) for all majors except the minimum GPA is 2.5 / 4.0 for the B.S.N. Completion Program.

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 enroll to Benedictine?
We have rolling admissions, therefore you can start at any time or any semester (fall, spring or summer) depending on when the next learning team convenes.  You can view schedules here. (Link to adult schedules)

How often do classes meet?

  • Weekend College classes meet approximately every other weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (quantitative classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).
  • The B.B.A. programs meet two nights a week (either Tuesday / Thursday or Monday / Wednesday) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • The B.S.N. Completion Program meets Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with occasional courses held on the weekends.
  • See the course schedules for details

Which campus do I attend?
The Weekend College classes are held at the Moser Center (Naperville), the B.B.A. classes are held at the main campus (Lisle), and the B.S.N. classes are held at either Benedictine’s main campus (Lisle) or at Triton College (River Grove).

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. Just schedule an appointment with an Admission Counselor.

Will my GPA transfer?
No. Your GPA will start over as soon as you begin your academic career at Benedictine.

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

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

My employer provides tuition reimbursement.  Do I have to pay up front?
No.  You can make arrangements with Student Accounts to make payment after receipt of your tuition reimbursement. 

Do I qualify for any scholarships?
The adult undergraduate programs are offered at a reasonable tuition rate so there are no institutional awards for students enrolled in these programs.

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 and failure to disclose all previous college information will result in immediate denial of admissions, revoking of admission or dismissal from the university.

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 and / or tour?
Submit the Visit Us Request Form online or call the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.

What is Weekend College?
Weekend College offers accelerated degree programs available entirely on the weekend (every other weekend, Saturday and Sunday). The programs are based on a traditional curriculum that has been refashioned to fit the needs and schedules of today’s working adults. It is designed for those who have transfer credits from other colleges or for students who are just beginning their college education. Students who earn a degree through Weekend College receive the same outstanding quality instruction as traditional students and are certified as possessing the same skills as graduates of traditional programs

What is a Learning Team?
A Learning Team is comprised of a group of students who progress through a program as a community rather than as individuals.  The sense of community with peers, professors and college personnel intensifies as students advance forward.  As each learning team moves through the program, students develop powerful relationships which become a support network.

How long will it take me to earn my degree?
The length of the program depends on the amount of your transferable credit and on the number of classes you are required to take for degree completion.  For an unofficial evaluation of your transfer credit, contact your Admission Counselor.

What is considered full time and part time?
12-to-18 hours per semester is considered full time, anything less than 12 semester hours is considered part time.

Does Benedictine University award credit for Advanced Placement (AP) or CLEP exams?
Yes, but it varies on subject matter and test scores.  See details below:
AP Exam details
CLEP exams details

What is Benedictine’s job placement rate?
We have a 96 percent placement rate for undergraduate students and a 93 percent placement rate for graduate students.

Does Benedictine have any alumni who I might recognize?
Yes. Notable Benedictine alumni include former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, C68; Bill Callahan, C78, 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. 

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