Commission approves Benedictine’s Mesa branch campus

February 4, 2013

MesaLisle, Illinois ~ The accrediting agency for Benedictine University announced it has approved the University’s application to open a branch campus in Mesa, Ariz.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools’ Institutional Actions Council voted to approve the opening of the Benedictine University at Mesa branch campus. As the University’s accrediting agency, the commission needed to review any planned or proposed institutional changes.

Part of the approval includes a campus evaluation six months after courses begin at the Mesa branch campus.

Benedictine University at Mesa opened its services center at 51 E. Main St. on September 20 and will offer classes beginning fall 2013 at 225 E. Main St. Both locations are in downtown Mesa.

Initial degree offerings will 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.

Information about the Higher Learning Commission is available at or (800) 621-7440.



Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 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 fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.

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