How do I read my schedule?

The best way to explain this would be to look at a sample class on a schedule and break it down:
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  • A: The title of your class
  • B: Your status in the course. (Enrolled, if registered or Waiting, if wait listed)
  • C: How many credit hours (units) the class is worth.
  • D: The outcome of the class. This will almost always be “Graded”
  • E: The elective/core requirement this class may fill, if any.
  • F: The class number entered into PeopleSoft.
  • G: The specific section designated by letter that you are in.
  • H: The type of class. Can be Lecture, Discussion, or Laboratory
  • I: The specific days and times the class will be meeting.
  • J: The meeting room of the class.
  • K: Who the current instructor is.
  • L: The start and end dates for the class. Please note that some courses are only eight weeks long and will be listed differently on your schedule
What if I am an athlete with afternoon classes?

Our general practice is to have classes for athletes completed by 3 PM each day. This can vary from sport to sport, depending on the season. You will be able to take a Monday night class at any point during an athletic season, and can take night classes during other days of the week dependent on the situation. Please consult with your coach to find out the specific times and dates of practice before you choose your classes. The will do their best to adjust accordingly, and work around potential scheduling issues.

Why is my schedule different than the classes that I registered for originally?

This can be due to several possibilities. The following is a list of some, but not all of the reasons:

  • The room assignments may have switched.
  • The class you originally signed up for may have been cancelled. (Please note that if this happened, you will be notified by e-mail at your student account.)
  • The teacher for your section has changed.
  • Your advisor has changed/dropped classes in your schedule due to circumstances regarding restrictions, athletics, etc.

As stated earlier your schedule can change due to a multitude of factors. Please consult your Academic Advisor with any questions you have about your schedule changing.

What if my major is not correct on my schedule?

You shouldn’t worry too much about that. There’s a pretty solid chance that you’re going to change majors at some point, though you may not. When you should worry about that is in the lead-up to an event called “Declare Your Major Day”. At that point, you’ll be declaring your major and your advisor will be changing to a faculty member within that department you declare to.

What are the common core classes?

The common core classes are a series of courses that are associated with Benedictine University. All Benedictine University students must take these classes. There is a focus on the Benedictine values, traditions and heritage.

These classes focus on societal and cultural contributions throughout major world time periods. As a student, you will often see the theme of “Person in Community” discussed throughout your education here. What does that mean? How is that affected by outside cultural forces? The common core classes will focus on that theme, based on several cultural aspects, including art, history, religion, philosophy, and political institutions.

In this series of 4 classes, you will be focusing on time period. This will range from early development of Western civilization in 500 A.D., progressing forward through the Middle Ages, the dawn of the 20th Century, and toward modern day.

You will begin this series of classes after Writing 101 is completed. The class sequence is as follows:

  • Humanities 220: The Mediterranean World
  • Humanities 230: The Baptism of Europe
  • Humanities 240: Converging Hemispheres
  • Humanities 250: The Contemporary World
How many credits are needed to graduate?

In order to graduate you must have at least 120 semester credit hours (with a minimum G.P.A. of a 2.0 from Benedictine University)

What grading system is used at Benedictine?

The student’s final grade is determined by the instructor. The system of grading is as follows (quality points are in parenthesis):

  • A — Excellent (4.00)
  • B — Good (3.00)
  • C — Satisfactory (2.00)
  • D — Passing (1.00)
  • F — Failure (0.00)
  • I — Incomplete*
  • W — Withdrawal*
  • P — Pass*
  • X — Deferred*
  • IP — In Progress*
  • AUD – Audit*

*Note: The grades are not calculated in academic G.P.A.

Academic grade reports for all students are available upon completion of each course through MyBenU. A change of grade is permitted only for clerical errors. Grade appeals must be initiated before the end of one semester after the course in question has been completed. The final grade is recorded on the permanent record. A course is considered to be successfully completed if a grade of “A,” “B” or “C” is achieved. The grade point average used for all purposes at Benedictine University, including graduation honors, the Dean’s List, and the Dean’s Recognition List is based only upon courses taken at Benedictine University.

A grade of “I” may be requested by a student for a course in which he or she is doing satisfactory work, but, for illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control, as determined by the instructor, the required work cannot be completed by the end of the semester. To qualify for the grade, a student must have satisfactory academic standing, be doing at least “C” work in the class, and submit a writtenrequest with a plan for completion approved by the instructor stating the reason for the delay in completing the work. Arrangements for this “I” grade must be made prior to the final examination. One may not receive an “Incomplete” in a semester in which he or she is already on academic probation. An “I” is a temporary grade. Failure to complete the course work and obtain a final grade within 180 days from the end of the term in which the “I” was received will result in the “I” automatically becoming an “F” grade.

A grade of “W” is recorded to indicate that a student has withdrawn from a course. The student may continue to attend the class (without credit) to the end of the term, except for labs, with the instructor’s approval.

A grade of "IP" is recorded to indicate that the course is in progress when the term in which the course has been scheduled ends. The "IP" grade will be replaced when the course ends and the permanent grade is earned.

The Audit (AUD) grade designation indicates that a student has registered for a course and was eligible to attend class sessions. Auditing a course does not necessarily reflect participation, nor does it indicate anything regarding completion of assignments. Auditors are entitled to participate in class activities to the extent the instructor permits.

Audit registration requires the approval of the instructor. A student may not change from credit to audit or audit to credit after the end of the add/drop period. If a course has stated enrollment limits, students taking the course for credit will be enrolled before students auditing the course. Lab courses may not be taken as an audit. When an Audit (AUD) grade designation is posted on the transcript, it cannot be changed to a letter grade. Audited courses are not available for later credit or proficiency by examination.

How does summer registration work at Benedictine?

Summer registration at Benedictine is traditionally broken up into sessions in July & August. Summer registration starts early March, keep an eye out for the Summer Course Schedule so you can be up to date on the exact registration date. You can register without having to meet with your advisor, pending you don’t have any holds on your account. You can check for holds on MyBenU.

Can I take classes at another institution while still being enrolled @ BU?

Many students will take classes at a community college while home over the summer or even during a semester. In order to make sure your credits transfer please look at our Transfer Guides to community colleges. Transfer guides are designed to assist students in selecting courses that are transferable to Benedictine University. Students can use the transfer guides while attending a community college to ensure the courses they are taking will have a Benedictine course equivalent or be accepted as an elective. Before you sign up for a class at a community college, please always talk to your advisor to make sure the class will transfer over and sign the Approval for Transfer Credit form to make sure your classes will transfer. If you do not see your community college on here, please talk to your advisor.

What is the support for students with disabilities?

Support may be arranged for students with documented disabilities, attention disorders, and physical and psychological disabilities, disabilities. Students who do not have current documentation or suspect they may have a learning disability may arrange for evaluation services through the Student Success Center. Students are responsible for contacting the Jennifer Rigor, Coordinator of Special Services for more information. Jennifer can be reached at jrigor@ben.edu

Are double majors possible and can they be completed in four years?

In general, students are able to double major at Benedictine and graduate in four year although we do not guarantee this. There are some factors that may affect a student’s ability to graduate in four years. Among the factors that affect this are: credit requirements for both majors, the ability to fit all required coursework for both majors into each semester and how well the student plans out each semester. Your academic advisor can assist you in this process.

How do I prepare to register for the upcoming semester?
For Freshman:

Freshman students will have to meet with an advisor from the New Student Advising Center prior to registering for classes each semester. You will work with your academic advisor throughout the Fall and part of the Spring semester of your first year. In the Spring semester of their freshman year, you will be assigned a faculty advisor from their major department. You will then need to contact your new faculty advisor to set up you future advising appointment.

For Transfer Students

Transfer students will meet with an advisor from the New Student Advising Center prior to registering for classes. You will work with us until the middle of your 1st semester at Benedictine before you are assigned a new faculty advisor from your major department. You will then need to contact your new faculty advisor to set up your future advising appointment.

Some tips to be prepared for your meeting are below.

Know What you Can Take - This is your education and you should be willing and able to take control of it. We’ll give you some guidelines and we may even tell you have to take some courses but you may have some choices too. So take a look at what classes are available and come to our meeting with some of your favorite options.

Explore Your Major – You will be spending a lot of time in your major over the next four years so you should know what you’re getting into. We will give you all the information you need when we meet but it never hurts to be prepared. And if you don’t know what your major is, bring a list of possibilities and we’ll go through each and every one of them to give you a better understanding of your choices.

Prepare Questions for your Advisor – Our goal is to help you, the student, perform to the best of your ability. One of the best ways we can do this is by working together with you as a team. Though we will give you all of the information we can, we still may not cover everything. That is why it is important to bring a list of questions with you to our meeting. Put everything you have a question about, big or small, on your list and we will cover it all. The more you ask, the better prepared you will be when school starts. Besides, we like a good challenge!

Bring Completed Forms with you – These forms include Unofficial AP/College Credit Report, FERPA form, health form, residential life application, etc.

How do I read my schedule?

The best way to explain this would be to look at a sample class on a schedule and break it down:
Screenshot

  • A: The title of your class
  • B: Your status in the course. (Enrolled, if registered or Waiting, if wait listed)
  • C: How many credit hours (units) the class is worth.
  • D: The outcome of the class. This will almost always be “Graded”
  • E: The class number entered into PeopleSoft.
  • F: The specific section designated by letter that you are in.
  • G: The type of class. Can be Lecture, Discussion, or Laboratory
  • H: The specific days and times the class will be meeting.
  • I: The meeting room of the class.
  • J: Who the current instructor is.
  • K: The start and end dates for the class. Please note that some courses are only eight weeks long and will be listed differently on your schedule
What if I am an athlete with afternoon classes?

Each sport has its own schedule your schedule will try to accommodate. Please consult with your coach to find out the specific times and dates of practice before you choose your chasses. They will do their best to adjust accordingly and work around potential scheduling issues.

Why is my schedule different than the classes that I registered for originally?

This can be due to several possibilities. Please consult your Academic Advisor with any questions you have about your schedule changing. The following is a list of some, but not all of the reasons:

  • The room assignments may have switched.
  • The class you originally signed up for may have been cancelled. (Please note that if this happened, you will be notified by e-mail at your student account.)
  • The teacher for your section has changed.
  • Your advisor has changed/dropped classes in your schedule due to circumstances regarding restrictions, athletics, etc.
  • As stated earlier your schedule can change due to a multitude of factors.
Who is my advisor and how do I contact him/her?

Your New Student Advising Center advisor is located within Lownik Hall. Once you have committed, and your transcripts have been evaluated, your file will be transferred to your advisor within NSAC. Your advisor will reach out to you via phone or email to schedule an initial advising appointment. Depending on your major and course completion, you will be transferred over to your departmental advisor within the first few months of the semester. You can find your new advisor’s contact information in the “Student Center” of your MyBenU account, or you can utilize the campus directory at: http://www.ben.edu/faculty-staff/.

What classes will transfer into Benedictine?

Benedictine University accepts course credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities if the courses are deemed to be comparable in scope and level of difficulty to courses offered at Benedictine. Credit identified as developmental or pre-college in level of study may be used as a basis for placement but will not be accepted in transfer. Students may be required to submit course syllabi/ additional documentation for review before certain courses can be evaluated.

How many credit hours can I transfer to Benedictine?

There is no limit to the number of credit hours you can transfer to Benedictine University, however, you need to be aware of residency requirements. Refer to your checklist for the requirements that apply to you.

I have completed an Associate’s degree. How does that transfer in to Benedictine?

If you have completed an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree through a college within the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), the Modes of Inquiry (MI) requirements are usually satisfied on your major checklist. However, due state regulations, some majors still require you to complete MI classes. Refer to your checklist and check with your advisor to be sure.

I am transferring in around 60 credits. That means I only have two years left, right?

Not necessarily. The number of credits transferring over does not indicate the amount of time you have left, it depends solely on your major and how many credits you have transferring over that can be applied to that major. Refer to your evaluated checklist to see how many credits are remaining, and always take into consideration the residency requirements.

Why are courses that I took not listed on my checklist?

Courses that are transferrable but do not satisfy the Basic Skills, MI electives, or a major or cognate requirement will not be listed on your checklist but will count as general elective credit toward the overall 120 semester hours required for graduation.

I received a “D” in one of my courses. Will it still transfer?

A course completed with a grade of “D” will not be accepted if required for your major, a Basic Skills requirement or other requirements as stated in the university catalog.

Will my grades from my prior coursework be included in my GPA at Benedictine?

No, only courses taken at Benedictine University will be included in the Benedictine GPA.

A course from my transferring institution is worth 4 semester hours. The equivalent course at Benedictine it is worth 3 semester hours. Will I “lose” the extra semester hour?

In most cases, the “extra semester hour” will count as general elective credit toward the overall 120 semester hours required for graduation.

What are the Modes of Inquiry (MI) classes?

These classes are a requirement for every major at Benedictine.  The Modes of Inquiry represent the different approaches to knowledge that form essential components of a liberal arts education. Rather than having students choose their General Education electives from traditional disciplinary categories such as Religious Studies or Mathematics, the Benedictine University Modes of Inquiry system allows all undergraduates to select from a system of courses that embody the key practices and categories of a range of professions and fields.

What are the Interdisciplinary Seminars and how is it different from the Modes of Inquiry?
The Interdisciplinary Seminars courses are Benedictine specific courses that cannot be transferred in or out. IDS 201 is taken when you are at least a Sophomore and IDS 301 is taken when you are at least a Junior.
Does Benedictine University award credit for Advanced Placement (AP) or CLEP exams?

Yes, but it depends on the subject and test scores. See:

  • CLEP Exam Requirements
  • AP Exam Requirements
How do I know if a college or university is regionally accredited?

Most colleges should have a prominent “Accreditation Statement” in their catalog or website. The following organizations grant regional accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE), North Central Association of Colleges and Schools The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS), Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-ACSCU).

Is Benedictine University on the quarter or semester system?

Benedictine University operates on the semester system and grants credits in semester hours. The academic year consists of two fifteen-week semesters, fall and spring. There is also a summer term consisting of two five-week sessions.

How do I convert quarter hours to semester hours?

One quarter-hour equals two-thirds of a semester hour. Divide the number of quarter hours by three and multiply by two. Here is a breakdown of the conversion:

  • 5 quarter hours = 3.33 semester hours
  • 4 quarter hours = 2.67 semester hours
  • 3 quarter hours = 2 semester hours
  • 2 quarter hours = 1.33 semester hours
  • 1 quarter hour = 0.67 semester hours
How many semester credit hours does a student need to have completed to have freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior standing?
  • Freshman = 0 – 29 hours
  • Sophomore = 30 – 59 hours
  • Junior = 60 – 89 hours
  • Senior = 90 or higher hours
Will Benedictine University accept military credit?

Benedictine University will award college credit for some military training based on the recommendations provided by the American Council on Education (ACE). To have your credit evaluated, request your military transcripts by visiting http://aarts.army.mil or https://smart.navy.mil/smart/dodMandatoryBannerForm/submit.do

How is international transfer credit evaluated?

An evaluation first needs to be completed by Educational Credential Evaluators (for information, visit www.ece.org.) Once Benedictine University receives an official ECE evaluation, transfer credit is then evaluated according to the Transfer Credit Policy. Syllabi may be requested.

How do I prepare to register for the upcoming semester?

You will meet with an advisor from the New Student Advising Center prior to registering for classes. You will work with us until the middle of your first semester at Benedictine before you are assigned a new faculty advisor from your major department. You will then need to contact your new faculty advisor to set up your future advising appointment.

Some tips to be prepared for your meeting are below.

  • Know What You Can Take – This is your education and you should be willing and able to take control of it. We will give you some guidelines and we may even advise you to take specific courses but you may have some choices too. So take a look at what classes are available and come to our meeting with some of your favorite options.
  • Explore Your Major – You will be spending a lot of time in your major over the next four years so you should know what you are getting into. We will give you all the information you need when we meet but it never hurts to be prepared. And if you do not know what your major is, bring a list of possibilities and we will go through each and every one of them to give you a better understanding of your choices.
  • Prepare Questions For Your Advisor – Our goal is to help you, the student, perform to the best of your ability. One of the best ways we can do this is by working together with you as a team. Though we will give you all of the information we can, we still may not cover everything. That is why it is important to bring a list of questions with you to our meeting. Put everything you have a question about, big or small, on your list and we will cover it all. The more you ask, the better prepared you will be when school starts. Besides, we like a good challenge!
  • Bring Completed Forms With You – These forms include your transfer credit evaluation checklist, FERPA form, health form, etc.