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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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.