Benedictine University at Mesa promises its students an affordable and attainable undergraduate and graduate education infused with the Benedictine values, faculty who make student learning their first priority, a support system dedicated to their success, comprehensive preparation to enter the job market, and a diverse, caring community in which they can become better learners, better leaders and better world citizens. Student learning and success is our first priority.
When compared nationally by region, Benedictine's tuition, fees and room and board costs are about 32 percent less than the highest-priced private nonprofit four-year college in the United States, according to a 2011-2012 published tuition and fee costs report by the College Board on "Trends in College Pricing." On average students borrow less than $20,000 in federal student loans to complete a Benedictine undergraduate degree. The national average student loan debt for 2013 graduates is $35,000, according to a CNNMoney Report.
Earning a university degree has its challenges. Students must develop study habits that will enhance classroom preparation while building interpersonal skills that will allow them to successfully lead others – a desired trait among employers.
Benedictine University at Mesa aims to do this and more with the John O. Whiteman Student Success Center, which opened recently in the University’s academic building, Gillett Hall, located at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa. The center is designed to help students succeed by offering coaching, tutoring and mentoring; providing access to internships, networking and other career preparation activities; hosting leadership and character development workshops; and organizing service learning and civic involvement activities.
The center is named after Arizona native John Whiteman, president of the Whiteman Foundation – a philanthropic organization that has a history of supporting education and arts initiatives – who provided the founding donation to establish the center.
At Benedictine University at Mesa, we prepare our students for a job, a career AND a lifetime.
Benedictine has been preparing students to become tomorrow’s leaders at home, in their communities and in the workplace for more than 127 years.
At Benedictine University at Mesa, we offer students many and varied opportunities to enhance their leadership skills. Among them is the Jo Wilson Leadership Institute, a collaboration between the University and high schools in Mesa that allows a select group of freshmen to participate in specialized training that meets their personal career interests.
Students can also develop their leadership skills through community involvement. Benedictine at Mesa students participate in outreach projects that support organizations such as Mesa United Way and Catholic Charities Community Services of Phoenix. Benedictine has collaborated with organizations such as Locks of Love, a nonprofit that benefits children with cancer and other conditions that can cause chronic hair loss.
Janet Contreras-Mares, Benedictine University at Mesa student.
“Benedictine stood out to me because of the staff. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. I noticed that at big universities they do not have the time or the staff to focus on every single student and make them feel welcome. I think the strong staff and faculty at Benedictine gain your trust and make you feel welcome.”
Benedictine University at Mesa is committed to giving our students the opportunity to grow academically, personally and spiritually.
Benedictine meets this commitment by providing students with a well-rounded, liberal arts education steeped in the Benedictine values – a search for God by oneself and with others, a tradition of hospitality, an appreciation for living and working in community, a concern for the development of each person, an emphasis on a life lived in balance, a dedication to responsible stewardship of the earth and a commitment to academic excellence.
We also promote the Catholic traditions which emphasize the worth and dignity of each person, the solidarity of the human race and social nature of human existence, the goodness of creation, and the interconnectedness of faith and reason in the search for truth.
These values and traditions are infused throughout our problem-based and technology-enhanced Next Generation Learning curriculum, building character and preparing students to live in the world and lead in the workplace.
Benedictine University at Mesa prepares students for leadership roles in their communities and the world by providing them with a well-rounded, liberal arts education rich in the Catholic tradition and steeped in the Benedictine values, including an appreciation for living and working in community, a concern for the development of each person and a commitment to academic excellence.
Benedictine University at Mesa is committed to offering a variety of learning styles to accommodate differing student needs and course requirements. Students benefit from a combination of learning formats appropriate to the subject matter or discipline. A traditional learning style is used in most foundational courses and provides the requisite content for degree attainment.
Benedictine University at Mesa’s Next Generation Learning format is problem-based, technology-enhanced and focuses on real-world application, decision-making and problem-solving, not memorization and repetition. Students actively engage, experiment, discover and apply. They evaluate problems and discover solutions in a collaborative, innovative, technology-driven atmosphere.
Benedictine offers a variety of majors, including Accounting, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Fine Arts, Management and Organizational Behavior, Nutrition, Psychology and Theology. A minor in Religious Studies is also available. We continue to add programs that give our students the greatest chance for professional success and personal fulfillment.
At Benedictine, student learning and success is our first priority. We promise.
Benedictine University at Mesa believes that an undergraduate education must do more than prepare students for work. It must prepare students for life.
Benedictine University at Mesa promises its students an affordable and attainable undergraduate education infused with the Benedictine values, faculty who make students’ learning their first priority, a support system dedicated to their success, comprehensive preparation to enter the job market, and a caring community in which they can become better learners, leaders and world citizens.
We promise students a curriculum that teaches them to be critical-thinkers, problem-solvers and lifelong learners – skills that are invaluable in life and irreplaceable in the workplace.
At Benedictine University at Mesa, students get to know their professors, and their professors get to know them.
Students participate in a wide range of student clubs, organizations and activities. They put their faith in action by getting involved in Campus Ministry. They improve their leadership skills through Student Senate and the Honors Club.
Benedictine students also participate in numerous physical activities. They compete in intramural basketball or rock climb at the Mesa Family YMCA through a partnership that provides them with a free membership. They compete on BenU Mesa sports teams including golf, volleyball and cross country.
Benedictine students are also encouraged to participate in community outreach and service projects that benefit organizations such as the Mesa United Way and Catholic Charities Community Services of Phoenix. Through activities like these, they learn how the Benedictine values of stewardship and concern for the good of all are woven into the fabric of their collegiate experience.
National Moser Center for Adult Learning
The National Moser Center for Adult Learning was established to expand the reach to more nontraditional adult undergraduate and graduate students and provide them with Benedictine’s strong values-based education curriculum. By proactively analyzing workforce needs, technological capability and delivery methods, the National Moser Center promises to provide adult students throughout the country with accessible, affordable and applicable private higher education opportunities.
Students can take advantage of employer relationships that can help increase convenience and accessibility to class sites. The rigorous problem-based curriculum will better prepare students for leadership roles within organizations and help program graduates keep pace with the constantly evolving business world.
Read more about how the National Moser Center for Adult Learning can meet your personal and professional needs.
Dear Friend of Benedictine University at Mesa,
Because of our Next Generation Learning model, which emphasizes a problem-based curriculum with real-world scenarios enhanced by integrative and interactive technology, Benedictine University at Mesa was named among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013 by education and technology blog edcetera.
At Benedictine University at Mesa, we promise our students an education infused with Catholic and Benedictine values – among which are a tradition of hospitality and concern for the well-being of others.
We promise our students an education that is affordable, which is why our counselors work with students and their families to exhaust all possible means of financial aid, including loans, grants and scholarships. We partner with the largest national Hispanic community development financial institution in the country to help Arizona Latino students have access to higher education. We also partner with the City of Mesa to offer scholarships to help students realize they can afford a private Catholic education which will prepare them to be competitive leaders in the workplace.
Benedictine’s values-based education seeks to create better learners, leaders and world citizens. Our students come into class and apply, problem-solve and think critically. We have heard from students that their best learning takes places in labs. Every one of our classrooms is a learning lab.
We plan to continue to innovate and grow to meet the needs of Southwest Arizona and beyond, and I invite you to join this journey with us.
Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D.
President, Benedictine University