October 2015

Read the latest news from BenU in this issue of A Message Home.

Included in this issue: 

  • Visit Campus
  • Campus Ministry is off to a great start
  • Apply early to get the ball rolling
  • Pace is a great way to fly
  • Encourage your son or daughter to be safe
  • Make sure your financial aid house is in order
  • Homecoming 2015
  • Housing dates
  • New Student Advising Center
  • Help your student get through finals week with a "Survival Care Package"

Please call or email me at anytime -  I'd love to hear from you.


Luba Baranivsky
Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life
Parent Programs
(630) 829-6124

Upcoming Dates and Events

Thursday, November 19
Thanksgiving Dinner
Location: Krasa Main Dining Room 
Time 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Cost $9.25

Visit Campus

We will be hosting a Science Open House on November 21, 2015 and you can RSVP by going to www.ben.edu/sciencersvp.  Also, we offer personalized visits Monday-Saturday and these can be scheduled by contacting 630-829-6300 or  admisssions@ben.edu.





Campus Ministry is off to a great start

The year is off to a great start for the Office of Campus Ministry. In September, the first freshmen-only retreat, FLIGHT, was held. Freshmen hiked throughout Starved Rock State Park, met one another and built community. Students also discover where God is in their lives through our weekly Bible study. The Community Service Fair was held in September, allowing students to connect with more than a dozen local nonprofits and learn how they could give back to our community. Commitment to serving internationally is also a very important piece of Campus Ministry. Applications for the Bolivia Service Immersion Experience are available in October. Students can serve at day cares, orphanages, a psychiatric center and a soup kitchen. The biggest retreat, Koinonia, is coming up Friday-Sunday, November 6-8. The Koinonia Retreat is an opportunity for students to grow closer to God and build new friendships. Students have made Benedictine University a wonderful community.

Apply early to get the ball rolling

Benedictine offers rolling admissions and there is no deadline for accepting new applications for the Fall 2016 Semester. However, we encourage traditional undergraduate students to apply to Benedictine within the first semester of their senior year of high school. The application review process takes approximately one week. Once your completed application has been received and reviewed, an admissions counselor will personally contact you by phone with your admissions status. Prospective freshmen should accept the offer of admission and pay the tuition deposit no later than May 1 to secure their spot for the incoming freshman class. Benedictine University's minimum requirements for freshman admission include a 2.5/4.0 GPA, a score of 21 ACT/980-1010 SAT or placement in the top 50 percent of a student's graduating class. If your student does not meet the minimum requirements, they will be encouraged to submit a personal statement.

The requirements for students transferring into Benedictine University's traditional undergraduate programs include:

  • A minimum of 20 transferable semester credit hours. (If a student has fewer than 20 semester hours of transfer credit, freshman requirements apply.)
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or better from all colleges and universities previously attended.
  • No previous academic probation or academic dismissal. 
Students who do not meet the above admissions requirements are encouraged to contact the Enrollment Center to set up an appointment with one of our counselors to discuss the Admission Committee review process.

For more information pertaining to the enrollment process, visit ben.edu/admissions, contact (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu.
Pace is a great way to fly

Pace is providing bus service between the Lisle Metra Station and Benedictine University with one southbound trip departing the train station at 7:16 a.m. (dropping off riders at College Road near the campus's main entrance) and one northbound trip departing the campus near the main entrance on College Road at 4:52 p.m. Pace Route 827 (Green Trails-Steeple Run) will provide this service as a pilot program for one year. However, if ridership levels remain low, the service may be discontinued. If using this service is a possibility, please take advantage of this opportunity to go green. To review or print the schedule and for more information, including student reduced-fare options, contact Pace at (847)364-PACE (7223), Option 3, or go to http://www.pacebus.com/sub/schedules/route_detail.asp?RouteNo=827. For more information, contact (312) 836-7000 or visit www.pacebus.com.

Encourage your son or daughter to be safe

Parents should encourage their students to report any incident as soon as possible to Benedictine University Police to minimize property loss and enhance the probability of identifying the person(s) responsible. Students should also always keep their doors locked to prevent crimes of opportunity.

Parents should also encourage their students to complete the required online sexual assault prevention program that will teach and sensitize participants to sexual misconduct, which includes sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence and bystander intervention skills. Emails have been sent to students regarding the program.

Make sure your financial aid house is in order

Make sure your Financial Aid is in order. Students with outstanding balances will be prevented from registering for Spring 2016 Semester classes. If you have any questions, please contact Financialaid@ben.edu.

Homecoming 2015

Homecoming 2015 was a great time. Take a look at our
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Housing dates

Thanksgiving Closing
Residence Halls close at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24
Residence Halls open at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 29

Winter Break Closing
Residence Halls close at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18

Spring 2016 Move In
New/transfer Students: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 16
Residence Halls open at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 17

Spring/Easter Break
Residence Halls close at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18
Residence Halls open at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 28

Spring 2016 Move Out
Residence Hall close at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13

New Student Advising Center

November is quickly approaching and that means your student will be registering for the Spring 2016 semester. We have prepared them well with group advising sessions and one on one sessions to discuss their courses for next semester. As registration is close at hand there are a few key questions you should be asking your student. 

  • Have you put any classes in your shopping cart?
  • What day can you register and at what time?
  • Do you still have any holds on your account?
  • Have you met with your advisor yet?
If your student has any questions or concerns as registration draws nearer, please direct them to contact their academic advisor.
Help your student get through finals week with a "Survival Care Package"

Finals week is quickly approaching, which means students will spend a lot of time studying. Some may seek out snack or comfort foods to sustain them. You can help by sending them a Finals Survival Care Package filled with goodies and a personal note of good wishes or encouragement written by you. To send your student a Finals Survival Care Package, please click here

Each $36 purchase will provide your student with tasty snacks with $12 from each sale going toward the 2016 Class Year Giving Program to benefit the University community. All orders must be received by December 2. 

Packages will be available for student pickup in the Krasa Student Center on December 10, 11 and 14. We will contact each student recipient by phone or email with exact pickup information. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or jposkin@ben.edu.




Parent Programs

Luba Baranivsky, Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life
Phone: (630) 829-6124
Email: lbaranivsky@ben.edu

Krasa Center, Room 010D 
5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532