Benedictine University at Mesa begins 2015-16 academic year with optimism

September 10, 2015

Mesa, Ariz. ~ Good things continue to happen at Benedictine University at Mesa.

The school’s enrollment continues to surge, and new traditional undergraduate and athletic programs are being added.

Benedictine hit its first enrollment benchmark when more than 300 students enrolled for classes this fall. For the 2015-16 school year, Benedictine University at Mesa will be called home by students hailing from throughout Arizona and the Southwest.

Benedictine will help students prepare to meet the challenges they will face in the workplace by adding to its list of available academic programs. New to BenU at Mesa this fall is a concentration in Medical Spanish for the existing Spanish major. In 2016, students will be able to seek bachelor’s degrees in Political Science (with a concentration in Pre-Law) and Graphic Arts and Design.

The concentration in Medical Spanish addresses the impact on health care and the socioeconomic challenges faced by the U.S. Hispanic population, and provides students with an emphasis on medical terminology, vocabulary and cultural proficiency to help them meet the needs of Latinos in various health care settings and emergency situations.

The Graphic Arts and Design major at Benedictine will help students solve creative problems within art and design – including those involving issues of technical, aesthetic and conceptual knowledge – and familiarize them with a variety of philosophical and stylistic approaches to contemporary art and design.

Benedictine graduates have gone on to attend notable master’s programs at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and others have found success in graphic design, teaching and art therapy.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of political scientists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The Political Science major will help students develop a knowledge of the principles of politics, law, government and the judicial system. Benedictine graduates have gone on to attend top law schools and graduate programs.

The Pre-Law concentration provides students with an understanding of government systems and social problems while gaining skills in critical analysis. The concentration is an option for Political Science majors who plan to attend law school.

Benedictine University at Mesa student-athletes will be able to choose to play one (or more) of 12 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA)-sanctioned sports with the addition of baseball and women’s basketball beginning in 2016-17. BenU at Mesa, a member of the California Pacific Conference (CAL PAC) currently offers 10 NAIA sports: men’s and women’s cross country, golf, tennis and volleyball; softball and men’s basketball. Dance and cheer teams are available as club sports.

The University will continue to make strides to increase every opportunity for students to receive a well-rounded Catholic, values-driven liberal arts education.

“Our next opportunity in Mesa is a result of our enrollment growth,” Executive Vice President Charlie Gregory said. “We are in need of long-term athletic facilities for our student-athletes to practice and compete. We need housing facilities for our increasing number of students who want the residential college experience.

“We hope to partner with the City of Mesa to meet both of these needs,” he said.

Currently, Benedictine partners with Mesa Community College for athletic facilities access and the Phoenix Marriott Mesa for student housing.

Also of note, Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., formally assumed the presidency of Benedictine University on August 17.

For more information about Benedictine University at Mesa, please visit ben.edu/mesa, contact mesa@ben.edu or (602) 888-5533. Applications are currently being accepted for spring 2016.

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Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 2 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2003-2013 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fifth consecutive year in 2015.

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Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 2 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2003-2013 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fifth consecutive year in 2015.

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