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Mesa, AZ ~ This fall two new degree programs have been added to Mesa’s Benedictine University’s degree offerings. The five-year-old campus is announcing a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship. Both degrees help students understand academic theory within the context of real-word experiences.
Benedictine students engage with internships and practical experiences, and small class sizes means students receive attentive faculty instruction. Hands-on academic advising for students also results in the completion of a bachelor’s degree in four years.
“Students learn well from dedicated instructors in traditional classrooms and online instruction,” said Dr. Paula Norby, campus executive officer and dean. “However, it’s when real-world experiences and ‘book smarts’ are combined so that our students are then prepared for employment upon graduation.”
In 2014, Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, expanded to Mesa. As one of several universities invited by the City of Mesa to locate in a higher education hub in downtown Mesa, Benedictine has thrived in the redevelopment district and the university’s students have greatly benefitted from cooperative opportunities with local businesses, nonprofit agencies, and city government.
While large public and private universities dominant the region, this fall the small, liberal arts, Benedictine University Mesa will continue to grow enrollment and anticipates welcoming more than 500 students to its campus. The demographically diverse student body is composed of students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees. Today, the majority of students are student-athletes (the university competes in 13 sports within the California Pacific Conference of the NAIA), some are first-generation college students, and it is not uncommon for its students to choose Benedictine because they are seeking a college experience that embraces religious values in its curriculum and in its student activities.
Although the only Catholic university in Arizona, Benedictine educates students of all faiths by finding the common ground across religions.
“At Benedictine University, we believe there is a profound benefit for students who attend a university that meets students’ academic and co-curricular needs but also allows for the integration of spiritual faith into the university experience,” said the University’s Interim President, Charles Gregory.
Benedictine University Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine was named among "America's Top Colleges" for the seventh consecutive year in 2017 by Forbes magazine. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (602) 888-5500, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu/mesa.