Benedictine announces opening enrollment

September 6, 2013

Gillett Opening8-27-13 (13)webMesa, Ariz. ~ After months of anticipation and the historic opening of an academic building, Benedictine University at Mesa announced today that it has welcomed 93 students into its inaugural class.

“This is a proud moment for Benedictine University at Mesa,” said Kari Gibbons, vice president of Enrollment Services at Benedictine. “We are excited to welcome this first class to the Benedictine family. Several are first-generation college students. We are confident that all of them will excel in Benedictine’s values-based, rigorous academic programs.”

Classes began Tuesday for the 93 enrolled students in academic programs presented in a lecture-free, collaborative, interactive and technology-enhanced format. Degree programs include a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, in addition to a minor in Religious Studies.

The most popular areas of study at the Mesa branch campus are Criminal Justice, Nutrition, Psychology and Management and Organizational Behavior.

Incoming students said the Next Generation, “lecture-free” learning and the faith-based education drew them to Benedictine University at Mesa.

“I went to a Catholic high school, and Benedictine’s faith-based, values-based education greatly appealed to me,” said freshman Jennifer Valdez, a Communication Arts major.
All classes are held at Gillett Hall, located at 225 E. Main in downtown Mesa. Gillett Hall is named in honor of Willis Gillett, chairman of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees. It has nine classrooms, including an interactive classroom with non-traditional, flexible furniture, a nutrition lab featuring kitchenettes with residential appliances, a computer lab, chapel, “Spirit Store,” which offers Benedictine merchandise, a library center and a community room.

Future plans for the campus include additional academic programs, student life activities, clubs and service opportunities as well as intercollegiate athletics.

Benedictine University at Mesa provides a private, values-based education grounded in history, heritage and Catholic tradition. Generous financial aid, resort-style housing, academic support and curriculum counseling is offered in an inclusive environment.

The University is now accepting applications for spring enrollment.

For more information about Benedictine University at Mesa, please visit the Gregory Enrollment Center at 51 E. Main St., Suite 105, in downtown Mesa or, or contact us at (602) 888-5500 or


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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