Dear Parents,It's wonderful to watch our students as they settle in to the University routine. They have been attending Quad Day, an event at which student groups and organizations recruit new members; the Community Resource Fair, at which University departments and other vendors share information about available resources; athletics events; and, of course, their classes. They've also been welcomed back by both faculty and staff members.
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Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life
The fall semester has finally arrived. As advisors, we are ecstatic to have both incoming and returning students back on campus. We are reminding students to use all of our academic resources on campus, such as the Student Success Center, to make sure they start the semester off strong. Students can get assistance with academic work and other life skills that can help them become more organized and prepared for the fall semester. If your student is struggling to find their passion in life, then we recommend they talk with someone at the Career Development Center who can help guide them toward a profession in which they will excel. Visit ben.edu/ssc or ben.edu/career, or contact the Student Success Center at (630) 829-6340 or the Career Development Center at (630) 829-6040 for more information.
Advisors are available to assist students with any questions or concerns they may have during their transition to Benedictine University. For additional information, visit ben.edu/nsac or call (630) 829-1120.
Please support your student by encouraging them to attend these important events:
Tuition and fees are incurred at the time of registration. A “Statement of Account” is generated on the 15th of each month and mailed to the student’s billing, local, home or work address on file (in that order). This statement reflects only that activity which has taken place on your student account in the last billing cycle (similar to your checking/savings/credit card statements of account).Students are encouraged to view their account information online using MyBenU. If you would like to be able to view your student’s account online, you will need your student’s BenCard number and password. As protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the student is financially responsible for his/her Benedictine account. However, students may grant permission for others to receive information regarding their account by completing the Authorization for Release of Confidential Information to Parent(s) Form. The form can be found online at http://www.ben.edu/campus_resources/compliance/upload/FERPA-Auth-Release-to-Parents.pdf, or on campus in the Office of the Registrar. The completed form may be mailed, dropped off or faxed to the Office of the Registrar at (630) 829-6663.
Welcome to a new year with the Benedictine University community. It is a great time to be an Eagle, and we have numerous opportunities for students to strengthen their faith, grow in community and learn more about who they are in Campus Ministry.
We have three retreats this fall, including the Koinonia Retreat, which is attended by a large number of our students. Students are also encouraged to consider participating in a local, national or international service opportunity. (We are currently planning a return trip to the Philippines with another group of students). As a Catholic Benedictine institution, we value our diversity and it is because of our Catholic faith that we welcome all. We take our charism of hospitality to heart and therefore have a number of interfaith dialogue events.Our new initiative this year is the “BenUnited” program which highlights Campus Ministry with our connection to the New Student Advising Center, Office of Admissions and the Career Development Center, and our combined abilities to strengthen our students’ holistic Benedictine learning experience. Through the program, students are invited to reflect on how their service experiences, values and beliefs shape the career they are aspiring to have so that they may live a life of meaning and purpose.
Make sure your Financial Aid is in order! Students with outstanding balances will be prevented from registering for Spring classes. Please contact the staff at Financialaid@ben.edu.