November 2015

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

Included in this issue: 

  • Flu shots available in Student Health Services office.
  • Office of Admissions encourages students to apply early.
  • Contact us to set up your personalized visit.
  • Placement exams can be done at your place.
  • Does your student need encouragement or a few gentle reminders?
  • Save the date for CareerFest!
  • Help your student get through finals week with a "Finals Survival Care Package."
  • Important residence hall dates.

Dear Parents,

The holidays are here, and they are such an exciting time at the University with all of the traditions we enjoy. I am personally reflecting on how thankful I am for my beautiful family, and the privilege I have to serve and be a part our wonderful Benedictine community. This year in particular has been one of the most memorable during my time here. My connection to you and your students makes me feel very blessed. 

In this season of giving thanks, I would also like to take the opportunity to personally acknowledge the dedication and commitment to Benedictine University of our Parent Council. Each member has been giving of themselves in both time and energy. 

Wishing all of you a “Happy Turkey Day” and blessed Thanksgiving.


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

Upcoming Dates and Events

Thursday, December 10
Christmas Brunch
Time: 11:15 a.m.

Flu shots available in Student Health Services office

Flu shots are available from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Student Health Services office located in Room 116 of the Krasa Student Center. No appointment is required. There is a $10 fee for students. 

Encourage your son or daughter to participate in the stress management programs that will be offered Monday-Wednesday, December 14-16, during final examinations week. Massage therapists will be in the Krasa Dining Room during the lunch hour to offer free 10-minute neck/shoulder massages, and Krasa Center, Room A will be transformed into a peaceful area of respite for students to relax and regroup after the rigors of studying. 

Health holds remain on the accounts of several students. Please have your son or daughter contact Student Health Services to address this concern. Our office hours are 9:00 am.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students may stop in or call (630) 829-6046. 

The staff of Student Health Services wishes you a blessed and joyful holiday season.

Office of Admissions encourages students to apply early

Parents of prospective and newly admitted students should be aware that Benedictine University offers rolling admissions and does not have a deadline for accepting new applications for the Fall 2016 Semester. We encourage traditional undergraduate students to apply within their 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 admission 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 automatic requirements for freshmen admission include a 2.5/4.0 GPA and a score of 21 ACT/980-1010 SAT or placement in the top 50 percent of their graduating class. If your student does not meet these minimum requirements, they will be encouraged to submit a personal statement.

For students transferring into Benedictine University's traditional undergraduate programs, the requirements include:

  • A minimum of 20 transferable semester hours (if a student has fewer than 20 semester hours of transfer credit, freshman requirements apply)
  • A cumulative grade point average 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 admission requirements are encouraged to contact the Enrollment Center to setup an appointment with one of our Admissions counselors to discuss the Admission Committee review process.

For more information regarding the enrollment process, go to

Contact us to set up your personalized visit

Benedictine University offers personalized visits Monday-Saturday. They can be scheduled by contacting us at (630) 829-6300 or

Placement exams can be done at your place
The next step in the admissions process is to complete your online placement exams. These exams can be completed at home and we recommend taking these exams during the student’s holiday break. You can sign up for online placement exams by going to 

You will also want to file your Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during the month of January. Many families do not realize they are eligible for additional assistance, so filing early will help you know your true out-of-pocket expenses. You can file your FAFSA at and use our school code: 001767. 

Benedictine’s first “Admitted Student Day” event will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016. Your student will have a chance to meet current Benedictine students, future Benedictine classmates and meet key representatives that will impact their future. You can RSVP at 

For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at or (630) 829-6300.
Does your student need encouragement or a few gentle reminders?

Holiday greetings from the staff at the New Student Advising Center (NSAC): 

December will arrive shortly and it’s time to gather with your loved ones including your students, who will be home soon for winter break. As the semester comes to a close, here are a few important reminders: 

• With fall semester finals fast approaching, give your student a little extra encouragement. 

• Grades from the fall semester will be posted online and not mailed home.

• Make sure that your student has registered for their Spring 2016 
Semester courses and is ready to go when they return to school after the holidays. 

The staff at NSAC wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Save the date for CareerFest!

The Illinois Small College Placement Association will hold a “CareerFest” event from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016, at North Central College in Naperville. All Benedictine students and alumni are welcome. Students can register and get more information at

Students can also search Benedictine’s Career Development Center website for information regarding:

• Workshops on how to prepare for a career fair. 
• Companies, organizations and school districts that will be represented at CareerFest. 
• How and when to pre-register. Be sure and pre-register in the Career Development Center in Krasa Center, Room 010 , and pay the reduced fee of $10 (credit card or check only, made payable to Benedictine University). Registration on the day of the event will be $20. 

What do Benedictine students think about CareerFest? "The career fair was a great way to network and to practice my elevator speech. After attending, I set up interviews with two companies and even received a job offer.”
-- Kelly Halblander, senior, Nutrition major.

“I am so glad I decided to attend the career fair because I spoke with a representative of a marketing agency, got called back a few weeks later for an interview and was able to land an awesome job with them in my field of study.”
 -- Elizabeth Lira, senior, double major in Marketing, and Management and Organizational Behavior.

Help your student get through finals week

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




Here are some important residence hall dates:

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

Spring 2016 Move In
Residence halls reopen 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


Parent Programs

Luba Baranivsky, Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life
Phone: (630) 829-6124

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