Benedictine to provide completion program for Springfield branch campus students

November 12, 2014

Juniors and seniors will be able to earn their degrees from Benedictine by August 2016

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University is working jointly with the Illinois Board of Higher Education to develop a “completion program” to ensure junior and senior students have the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree at the Springfield branch campus – the university where they began.

“We promise our current juniors and seniors they will be able to graduate with a Benedictine University degree and will be able to complete their degree in Springfield,” said William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. “We are currently assessing the academic needs of these students through degree audits so they may graduate by August 2016. If necessary, individual academic plans will be developed for the juniors and seniors by working with faculty and administrators. We shall also retain the necessary faculty and staff to accomplish this.”

More details on this plan will be announced as they become available.

In addition, the University is assisting freshmen and sophomores at the Springfield branch campus as they explore opportunities to continue their education elsewhere, understanding that transferring to the main campus in Lisle or the Mesa branch campus may not be a viable option for many.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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